In the 50's there were singles pressed for the US soldiers who were stationed in Germany. These singles are different from the regular German pressings. On the label is written MADE IN U.S.A. but in the vinyl is engraved Manufactured in Germany. They had a different logo that included the Nipper dog.
The German public never had a chance to buy them. These singles had a different logo that included the Nipper dog – something that did not appear on the other German pressings (typical RCA labels in Germany had only the round logo with the little electric bolt at the bottom, since EMI owned that logo). They're also on flat black paper, unlike the US pressings on glossy paper.
Most will believe that these are US pressings, but they are not.
These singles were for sale only to the very limited military market, made specifically for American servicemen, intended to be exported back to the US when the soldiers left Germany.
These singles were released in different sleeves than the regular German singles on RCA, shown here below.
You can see at these covers it was sold at the PX-store because of the price code on it. I don't know what the code K 900 ... means. Probably it is a code for the PX-store where the single was sold.
The only way of knowing if the sleeve was originally used with the singles sold in the PX-stores is that there is a price-code on it starting with K 900 .... as the covers show.
The one shown here has the addition 2/7 (February 1957).
The one shown here below has the addition 5/7 (May 1957).
The one shown here below has the addition 01/58 which I guess
means January 1958
The one shown here below has the addition 10/8 (October 1958).
The one shown here below has the addition 11/8 (November 1958).
The one shown here below has the code K 900001
The one shown here below is made in England, but was also sold
at the PX-stores, this one has the code K 910133
This one here below is a regular German company sleeve only with English text :
Make sure your needle is in good condition before you play this record.
Is this sleeve made for The US export singles ?
I also have one of these singles with the sleeve shown below.
I heard from a collector that this one was not used
for the ARMY singles but is a sleeve used in Greece and Turkey.
Allthough this sleeve was shown on the Elvis-Forever site
and in the book Elvis On Vinyl by Peter Baumann.
I do believe he is right, because probably the only way
of knowing if the sleeve was originaly used with the singles
sold in the PX-stores is that there is a price-code on it
starting with K 900 .... as the above covers show.
47-6540 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - My Baby Left Me
47-6604 Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel
two different labels on this single. see text :
TRADE MARKS . REGISTERED . MARCAS REGISTRADAS . RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA - CAMDEN. N.I. - MADE IN U.S.A
I think the first one is the very first released Elvis Army single, because of the different layout.
See text below on the label.
47-6420 Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One
47-6640 Blue Moon - Just Because
two different variations on the label of this single.
on the side of Just Because the writers are on two lines.
on the side of Just Because the writers are on one line.
47-6643 Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - Love Me Tender
47-6383 Baby Let's Play House - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
47-6800 Playing For Keeps - Too Much
47-9109 Love Me - Rip It Up
47-6870 All Shook Up - That's When Your Heartaches Begin
47-7000 Loving You - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
47-7150 Don't - I Beg Of You
47-7777 It's Now Or Never - A Mess Of Blues
The combination It's Now Or Never - A Mess Of Blues was never released as a German pressing. This was released in America. In Germany it was the single 47-9314 O Sole Mio (It's Now Or Never) - Make Me Know It.
This single (47-7777) was pressed for the US soldiers who were stationed in Germany. Why this one doesn't have the label with dog on top, I don't know.
This one has the German S5 label.
This single also excists with the S6 and S7 label.
THIS ARMY SINGLE IS ON MY WANT LIST:
47-6357 I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Mystery Train