Elvis Presley 45 RPM Record Guide (US) Gold Standard Series Matrix 

Modified: March 28, 2021

This is the Elvis Presley 45 RPM Record Guide (US) Gold Standard Series Matrix. The RCA Victor Gold Standard Series are re-releases of the original RCA catalog. The re-releases have been re-cataloged and had changed labels throughout their release history. Early Gold Standard Series records were black label dog on top, later black label dog on side, to orange, red, and back to a black label in 1976. This matrix or cheat sheet is compiled through years of research searching the Internet, eBay, various discographies, and price guides. The prices are expressed in US Dollars and were assessed around 2008. The intent of the prices is to demonstrate the rarity of these records. Where there are no prices, these records either do not exist or have yet been accounted.1

Sometime ago, I read an article on the Internet about a large collection of baseball cards from the turn of the 20th century that was recently discovered. A major card dealer flew to the source and was amazed at the find. The quality and quantity of the collection was spectacular. Variations such as player poses and colors were discovered and cataloged for the very first time. This was a most complete set of cards of that era. The dealer had lists of collectors whom may be interested in cards of that era to complete their respective sets. For the most part, price guides listed the majority of the cards identified from that collection. Regardless of condition, the major stars or known lesser printed cards valued into the high $100s to $1000s where the remaining cards considered as commons. The dealer obtained want lists from major collectors and dealers from around the world. When compiling the want lists together an interesting pattern emerged. Cards that were once considered common are actually quite rare, perhaps some of the rarest in the set. Some of these cards were to be found on each of the want lists. This of course, starting bidding wars. The purpose of this story is this. The Gold Standard Series records were all released in a series. 447-0600 through 447-0685 over a period spanning the late 1950s through the late 1970s. It has generally been accepted that one may find a similar quantity of one catalog number as would find of another, meaning that the price range would be similar. However, I contend that this is NOT the case. Since this site began in 2009, many collectors have offered their collections as scans for all to see. Internet searches, eBay searches, and communicating with other collectors with collections both great and small, it has become clear that there are some catalog numbers that are NOT available regardless of the label, and in some cases label dependent. Case in point, 447-0612! After five years, I have seen my first copy of 447-0612. A black-label, dog on top example at that. This is also listed in the guides as being pressed with black-label, dog on side, orange label, red label, and black-label, dog near top. With all of those pressings, you would think this is more readily available. It is in my opinion, that the guides have this one wrong, and a hand full of others too. Another example 447-0641 black-label, dog on top! Very difficult to find. The other labels for that catalog number are also difficult to find, but not as much as the black-label, dog on top. Happy hunting!

Gold Standard Series

rca gs blk dot 447rca gs blk ddos 447rca gs or 447rca gs redrca gs blk dos 447
BLK DOT (1958), BLK DOS (1965), ORANGE (1968), RED (1970), and BLK DNT (1977)

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(ca. 1958) ( ca. 1971) (1974) (1976)

Although, the Gold Standard Series collection were more likely to have been originally issued with the first two sleeve, generic sleeves may also have been used. Through the years, later pressings would have been issued with the later sleeves as shown.

Gold Standard Series - Confirmed

The key to the table has been a work-in-progress since March 2015 are for the following notations:

  • C represents visually confirmed by elvisrecords.com
  • X represents the existence as found in years of price guides and has not been seen by elvisrecords.com or by anyone whom this site has been in contact with since 2009.
  • ? exists as a determination has not yet been made
  • A blank space indicates that it likely does not exist

As of December 17, 2020, an additional column updates this table by making the distinction between the dog near top labels as small or standard size RCA and Victor dog logos. At the time of this writing, both sizes seem to exist in near equal numbers for the most part. Sometime in early 2021, the tables got corrupt and this extra column was accidentally deleted. It will likely not be recreated. At the moment, individual pages will not be updated to reflect the dog near top sizes. More about this distinction can be found Gold Standard Series (Dog Near Top) Label Variations

A special thanks to world renowned author and editor Neal Umphred and to Dave Reynolds of ElvisRareRecords for help ensuring the accuracy of this page and site. There are many others, to thank and their credits are found throughout this site. Thank you, all!

DateBLK DOTBLK DOSORANGEREDBLK DNT
GSS on Top
BLK DNT
GSS on Side
ReleaseReTrack Listings
September 30, 1958CCCCC447-0600I Forgot To Remember to Forget / Mystery Train
September 30, 1958CCxCC447-0601That's All Right / Blue Moon of Kentucky
September 30, 1958CCxCC447-0602Good Rockin' Tonight / I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
September 30, 1958CCxCC447-0603Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're A Heartbreaker
September 30, 1958CCCC447-0604I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone / Baby Let's Play House
September 30, 1958CCCCCC447-0605PB-11105Heartbreak Hotel / I Was The One
September 30, 1958CCCCCC447-0607I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me
September 30, 1958CCCCCC447-0608PB-11099Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog
September 30, 1958CCxCCC447-0609PB-11107Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti Frutti
September 30, 1958C447-0610I Got A Woman / I'm Counting On You
September 30, 1958C447-0611I'll Never Let You Go / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
September 30, 1958C447-0612I Love You Because / Tryin' To Get To You
September 30, 1958CCxCCC447-0613Just Because / Blue Moon
September 30, 1958CCCC ($303 VG+)($214)($275)447-0614Money Honey / One - Sided Love Affair
September 30, 1958CCCCC447-0615Shake, Rattle and Roll / Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
September 30, 1958CCCCCC447-0616PB-11108Love Me Tender / Anyway You Want Me
September 30, 1958CCxCC447-0617Too Much / Playing For Keeps
September 30, 1958CCCCCC447-0618PB-11106All Shook Up / That's When Your Heartaches Begin
September 8, 1959CCCCCC447-0619PB-11101Treat Me Nice / Jailhouse Rock
September 8, 1959CCCCC447-0620PB-11109Teddy Bear / Loving You
September 8, 1959CCCCCC447-0621Don't / I Beg Of You
September 8, 1959CCCCC447-0622Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Doncha' Think It's Time
September 8, 1959CCxCC447-0623Hard Headed Woman / Don't Ask Me Why
September 8, 1959CCCCCC447-0624PB-11112One Night / I Got Stung
February 16, 1960CCCCC447-0625(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight
February 20, 1962CCxC447-0626A Big Hunk O' Love / My Wish Came True
February 20, 1962CCxCC447-0627Stuck On You / Fame and Fortune
February 20, 1962CCCCC447-0628PB-11110It's Now Or Never / A Mess Of Blues
February 20, 1962CCCCC447-0629PB-11104Are You Lonesome To-night? / I Gotta Know
February 20, 1962CCxCCC447-0630Lonely Man / Surrender
February 20, 1962CCCC ($489 M)($130 NM)447-0631I Feel So Bad / Wild In The Country
October 9, 1962CCCCCC447-0634(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame / Little Sister
October 9, 1962CCCCCC447-0635PB-11102Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby
October 9, 1962CCxCCC447-0636Good Luck Charm / Anything That's Part Of You
March 14, 1964CCCCC447-0637She's Not You / Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
March 14, 1964CCCCCC447-0638PB-11111Return To Sender / Where Do You Come From
April 14, 1964CCCC447-0639Kiss Me Quick / Suspicion
September 8, 1964CCCC ($150 VG)447-0640One Broken Heart For Sale / They Remind Me Too Much Of You
September 8, 1964CCxCC447-0641Devil In Disguise / Please Don't Drag That String Around
September 8, 1964CCxCC447-0642Bossa Nova Baby / Witchcraft
April 6, 1965CCC447-0643PB-11113Crying In The Chapel / I Believe In The Man In The Sky
April 6, 1965CCCCC447-0644Kissin' Cousins / It Hurts Me
April 6, 1965CCCC447-0645Such A Night / Never Ending
April 6, 1965CCCCC447-0646What'd I Say / Viva Las Vegas
October 26, 1965CCCCC447-0647Santa Claus Is Back In Town / Blue Christmas
October 26, 1965CC ($523)447-0648Do The Clam / You'll Be Gone
October 26, 1965CxC447-0649Ask Me / Ain't That Loving You Baby
October 26, 1965CCCC447-0650Puppet On A String / Wooden Heart
February 15, 1966C447-0651Joshua Fit The Battle / Known Only To Him
February 15, 1966C447-0652Milky White Way / Swing Down, Sweet Chariot
November 8, 1966CxC447-0653(Such An) Easy Question / It Feels So Right
November 8, 1966CCC ($153 VG+)447-0654I'm Yours / (It's A) Long Lonely Highway
January 23, 1968C?x447-0655Tell Me Why / Blue River
January 23, 1968CxCCC447-0656Frankie and Johnny / Please Don't Stop Loving Me
January 23, 1968CxCCC447-0657Love Letters / Come What May
January 23, 1968CCCC447-0658Spinout / All That I Am
July 15, 1969xC ($188 M)447-0659Indescribably Blue / Fools Fall In Love
July 15, 1969C ($177 M)($280+)447-0660Long Legged Girl / That's Someone You Never Forget
July 15, 1969C ($67 M)447-0661There's Always Me / Judy
July 15, 1969CC447-0662Big Boss Man / You Don't Know Me
July 15, 1969CC447-0663Guitar Man / Hi-Heel Sneakers
July 15, 1969CC447-0664U.S. Male / Stay Away
December 1, 1970C ($62 M)C447-0665You'll Never Walk Alone / We Call On Him
December 1, 1970CC447-0666Let Yourself Go / Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby
December 1, 1970CC447-0667A Little Less Conversation / Almost In Love
December 1, 1970CCC447-0668If I Can Dream / Edge of Reality
December 1, 1970CC447-0669Memories / Charro
December 1, 1970CCC447-0670His Hand In Mine / How Great Thou Art
December 1, 1970CC.C447-0671PB-11100In The Ghetto / Any Day Now
December 1, 1970CC447-0672Clean Up Your Own Backyard / The Fair Is Moving On
December 1, 1970CCC447-0673PB-11103Suspicious Minds / You'll Think Of Me
December 1, 1970CC447-0674Don't Cry Daddy / Rubberneckin'
April 27, 1971CCC447-0675Kentucky Rain / My Little Friend
April 27, 1971CCC447-0676The Wonder of You / Mama Liked The Roses
April 27, 1971CC447-0677I've Lost You / The Next Step Is Love
November 9, 1971CCC447-0678You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / Patch It Up
November 9, 1971CC447-0679I Really Don't Want To Know / There Goes My Everything
November 9, 1971CCC447-0680Where Did They Go, Lord / Rags To Riches
November 9, 1971CC447-0681If Everyday Was Like Christmas / How Would You Like To Be
April 4, 1972CC447-0682Life / Only Believe
April 4, 1972CC447-0683I'm Leavin' / Heart of Rome
April 4, 1972CC447-0684It's Only Love / The Sound Of Your Cry
March 13, 1973CC447-0685An American Trilogy / Until It's Time For You To Go
March 1975CCCGB-10156Burning Love / Streamroller Blues
March 1975CCGB-10157Raised on Rock / If You Talk in Your Sleep
December 1975CCGB-10485Take Good Care of Her / I've Got a Thing About You Baby
December 1975CCGB-10486Separate Ways / Always on Mind
December 1975CCGB-10487T-R-O-U-B-L-E / Mr. Songman
December 1975CCGB-10488It's Midnight / Promised Land
December 1975CCGB-10489My Boy / Thinking About You

Gold Standard 45 Key

YearReleaseDescription
1958BLK DOTBlack label - Dog on Top
1964BLK DOSBlack label - Dog on Side
1968ORANGEOrange label
1970REDRed label
1977BLK DNT GSS on TopBlack label - Dog Near Top Gold Standard on Top
1977BLK DNT GSS on SideBlack label - Dog Near Top Gold Standard on Side
The years are a generalization as to the the first year the majority of the singles were originally released with the label described.

This is the portion of the Gold Standard Singles catalog released by RCA Records in November 1978. This revelation among other sources of that era, make a strong case that the black label, dog near top series catalog numbers that are not listed in this catalog likely do not exist. While it can be confirmed that the black label, dog near top series records were issued in 1976, I would like confirmation as to when the Gold Standard, black label, dog near top records were first issued. I contend, that the date is a little further out than earlier speculations.

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Gold Standard Series Listings

This table is a summary of the Gold Standard Series catalog numbers as found in the 1970 through 1973 Elvis Presley RCA record catalogs. The catalogs are advertisements for the current RCA record listings. The 1970 catalog was printed either in September or October 1969, based on the listings. The 1971 catalog was likely printed in the first quarter of 1971 and the 1972 catalog printed January 1972. This is important, as the 1970 catalog lists not only extended play 45s, but 447-0651 and 447-0652 under the gold standard releases. The first regular issued gold standard 45 with a red label was July 15, 1969. This could imply that 447-0652 and 447-0651 could exist with red labels. Others will disagree with this statement, but it is the belief of this author that 447-0652 and 447-0651 do not exist with a red or orange label. These catalogs are also found on this site.
The scarcity of the red label gold standard 45s may be in direct correlation of these catalog listings. The table below has letters H for half-million sales, M for million sales, D for domestic sales, L listed, and S for sacred listings. The gold standards are found in the catalogs in one or more of these sections.

Based on the table below, where several catalog numbers drop from the 1971 catalog like 447-0604, 447-0614, 447-0631, 447-0645, and a handful more, these have sold into the hundreds of dollars in recent auctions, as they do NOT come up very often. Note that 447-0640 is dropped from the 1972 catalog and is impossible to find. This chart may actually be the key to solving the gold standard series red series riddle, as well supporting the position that many more catalog numbers are not to be found from the black, dog-near-top issues from 1977 onward.

ReleaseTrack Listings1970197119721973
447-0600I Forgot To Remember to Forget / Mystery TrainHHHH
447-0601That's All Right / Blue Moon of KentuckyHHHH
447-0602Good Rockin' Tonight / I Don't Care If The Sun Don't ShineHHHH
447-0603Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're A HeartbreakerHHHH
447-0604I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone / Baby Let's Play HouseHH
447-0605Heartbreak Hotel / I Was The OneM DM DM DM D
447-0606
447-0607I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left MeM DM DM DM D
447-0608Don't Be Cruel / Hound DogM DM DM DM D
447-0609Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti FruttiHHHH
447-0610I Got A Woman / I'm Counting On You
447-0611I'll Never Let You Go / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
447-0612I Love You Because / Tryin' To Get To You
447-0613Just Because / Blue MoonHHHH
447-0614Money Honey / One - Sided Love AffairHH
447-0615Shake, Rattle and Roll / Lawdy, Miss ClawdyHHHH
447-0616Love Me Tender / Anyway You Want MeM DM DM DM D
447-0617Too Much / Playing For KeepsM DM DM DM D
447-0618All Shook Up / That's When Your Heartaches BeginM DM DM DM D
447-0619Treat Me Nice / Jailhouse RockM DM DM DM D
447-0620Teddy Bear / Loving YouM DM DM DM D
447-0621Don't / I Beg Of YouM DM DM DM D
447-0622Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Doncha' Think It's TimeM DM DM DM D
447-0623Hard Headed Woman / Don't Ask Me WhyM DM DM DM D
447-0624One Night / I Got StungM DM DM DM D
447-0625(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love TonightM DM DM DM D
447-0626A Big Hunk O' Love / My Wish Came TrueM DM DD
447-0627Stuck On You / Fame and FortuneM DM DM DM D
447-0628It's Now Or Never / A Mess Of BluesM DM DM DM D
447-0629Are You Lonesome To-night? / I Gotta KnowM DM DM DM D
447-0630Lonely Man / SurrenderM DM DM DM D
447-0631I Feel So Bad / Wild In The CountryMM
447-0632
447-0633
447-0634(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame / Little SisterMMMM
447-0635Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula BabyM DM DM DM D
447-0636Good Luck Charm / Anything That's Part Of YouM DM DM DM D
447-0637She's Not You / Just Tell Her Jim Said HelloMMMM
447-0638Return To Sender / Where Do You Come FromM DM DM DM D
447-0639Kiss Me Quick / SuspicionLLLL
447-0640One Broken Heart For Sale / They Remind Me Too Much Of YouMMM
447-0641Devil In Disguise / Please Don't Drag That String AroundMMMM
447-0642Bossa Nova Baby / WitchcraftMMMM
447-0643Crying In The Chapel / I Believe In The Man In The SkyM DM DM DM D
447-0644Kissin' Cousins / It Hurts MeMMMM
447-0645Such A Night / Never EndingHH
447-0646What'd I Say / Viva Las VegasMMMM
447-0647Santa Claus Is Back In Town / Blue ChristmasHHHH
447-0648Do The Clam / You'll Be GoneLL
447-0649Ask Me / Ain't That Loving You BabyMM
447-0650Puppet On A String / Wooden HeartMHMHMHMH
447-0651Joshua Fit The Battle / Known Only To HimS
447-0652Milky White Way / Swing Down, Sweet ChariotS
447-0653(Such an) Easy Question / It Feels So RightHH
447-0654I'm Yours / (It's a) Long Lonely HighwayHH
447-0655Tell Me Why / Blue RiverHH
447-0656Frankie and Johnny / Please Don't Stop Loving MeHHHH
447-0657Love Letters / Come What MayHHHH
447-0658Spinout / All That I AmHHHH
447-0659Indescribably Blue / Fools Fall In LoveHH
447-0660Long Legged Girl / That's Someone You Never ForgetLL
447-0661There's Always Me / JudyLLL
447-0662Big Boss Man / You Don't Know MeLLLL
447-0663Guitar Man / Hi-Heel SneakersLLLL
447-0664U.S. Male / Stay AwayHHHH
447-0665You'll Never Walk Alone / We Call On HimSSS
447-0666Let yourself Go / Your Time hasn't Come Yet BabyLLL
447-0667A Little Less Conversation / Almost In LoveLLL
447-0668If I Can Dream / Edge of RealityMMM
447-0669Memories / CharroLLL
447-0670His Hand In Mine / How Great Thou ArtSSS
447-0671In The Ghetto / Any Day NowM DM DM D
447-0672Clean Up Your Own Backyard / The Fair Is Moving OnHHH
447-0673Suspicious Minds / You'll Think Of MeM DM DM D
447-0674Don't Cry Daddy / Rubberneckin'M DM DM D
447-0675Kentucky Rain / My Little FriendMM
447-0676The Wonder of You / Mama Liked The RosesM DM D
447-0677I've Lost You / The Next Step Is LoveMM
447-0678You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / Patch It UpMM
447-0679I Really Don't Want To Know / There Goes My EverythingLL
447-0680Where Did They Go, Lord / Rags To RichesLL
447-0681If Everyday Was Like Christmas / How Would You Like To BeHH
447-0682Life / Only BelieveL
447-0683I'm Leavin' / Heart of RomeL
447-0684It's Only Love / The Sound Of Your CryL
  1. Originally published on www.megocollector.com, March 20, 2008.