Earlier this year, an undisclosed buyer spent $300,000 to buy an acetate containing Elvis Presley’s first recordings. Now, that buyer has disclosed himself, and his identity shouldn’t be that much of a surprise to vinyl collectors. Jack White revealed that he spent the large sum of money to get the recordings, and the rocker/vinyl mogul plans to release them as a Record Store Day exclusive.
In a cover story in Billboard, White revealed that he placed the enormous bid for the acetate, which was originally expected to go for $100,000. The single, which features Elvis’ take on the 1930s standards “My Happiness” and “That’s Where Your Heartaches Begin,” is supposedly the first known recording of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, though the stories about why he recorded the single vary. White’s Record Store Day deadline means that he and his Third Man crew will have to work fast to get the Presley recording pressed and ready to go, but given their track record, that probably won’t be a problem for them.
In the interview, White also revealed a bit about his listening habits. As it turns out, the famed vinylphile is totally cool with listening to music digitally. “Digital in the car, vinyl in the bedroom,” White said. “I like to listen to music in the car really loud.”