'Elvis Forever' Elvis Presley First Day Cover (#6 3/4 envelope) bearing an affixed Elvis Presley Forever® stamp cancelled with an official First Day of Issue pictorial postmark.
The newest addition to the Music Icons series, the stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of the entertainment icon, paired with his signature in gold ink.
The pictorial postmark features Presley's signature along with the words 'Music Icons'. Also featured is a small crown, a nod to Presley's nickname, and the date and location of stamp issuance: August 12, 2015, Memphis, TN 38101.
About this release
The U.S. Postal Service will issue the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp and together with Sony Music’s RCA/Legacy Recordings an exclusive music CD titled 'ELVIS FOREVER' that includes an Elvis song, as you’ve never heard it before. The CD will be available in select Post Offices beginning August 12 on the same day as the Elvis Presley stamp dedication ceremony.
With this stamp in the Music Icons series, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Elvis Presley (1935-1977), the singer, guitarist, musician, and actor who became one of the first true stars of rock-and-roll.
This stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words 'Forever' and 'USA', is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley's nickname, The King of Rock and Roll™. Presley's signature, in gold ink, is also featured along the right side.
The square stamp sheet resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the sheet includes the stamps and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out of the top of the sleeve. The following text borders the block of stamps: 'The Elvis Presley stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price'.
An image of Presley shot by photographer Alfred Wertheimer and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side. Antonio Alcalá served as the art director and designed the stamp sheet with Leslie Badani.
The Elvis Presley stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
The Postal Service is proud to announce the offering of an exclusive CD of 18 Presley hits titled, ELVIS FOREVER, which includes a new performance of Elvis' inspiring song 'If I Can Dream' as you've never heard it before. 'If I Can Dream' has been selected from a forthcoming Fall 2015 Elvis Presley album release.
US customers can get this track first by picking up a copy of ELVIS FOREVER at their local Post Office location shortly after August 12.
International customers can pre-order the CD and various Stamp Sheet selections from ElvisPresleyShop.com
The track-listing on the Elvis Presley Forever CD is:
'During his illustrious career, rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presley starred in dozens of feature films, won three Grammy Awards, and recorded 18 number one singles: Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don't, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk O' Love, Stuck On You, It's Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Suspicious Minds'.
Issue Date: August 12, 2015
Art Director/Designer: Antonio Alcala, Leslie Badani, William Speer