Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel 

Modified: December 27, 2020

         Release: RCA Victor 447-0608 Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel (45)
              Artist: Elvis Presley
Release Date: 9/30/1958

Gold Standard Series

447-0608-1959-side2447-0608-1959-side1

Disc: 3/1959. Gold Standard. Black label, dog on top.
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-2S A1 / J2PW-5696-2S (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-2S / J2PW-5696-3S (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-5S / J2PW-5696-3S (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)

447-0608-cover-side1447-0608-cover-side2

Cover: 4/1964. Gold Standard picture sleeve.

447-0608-side1-wlp-r447-0608-side2-wlp-r

Disc: 4/1964. Gold Standard. White label. NOT FOR SALE.1
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-3S / J2PW-5696-4S (machine stamped) (Rockaway pressing) 2
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-8S C1 / J2PW-5696-7S (machine stamped) (Rockaway pressing)1

Disc: 4/1964. Gold Standard. Black label, dog on top. No Camden N.J.4

447-0608-1965-side2447-0608-1965-side1

Disc: 1965. Gold Standard. Black label, dog on side.
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-5S / J2PW-5696-3S (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695--7S / J2PW-5696-6S (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)

The 1965 Gold Standard, black label, dog on side is a very difficult release to find. While actively seeking a copy, even a picture of one had taken nearly 6 years to track down one copy. A very undervalued re-issue of this Gold Standard.

447-0608-1968-side1-mockup447-0608-1968-side2-mockup

Disc: 1968. Gold Standard. Orange label.56

A copy sold on eBay January 23, 2020 for $149.

447-0608-1971-side1447-0608-1971-side2

Disc: 1971. Gold Standard. Red label.
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-7S A1 / J2PW-5696-8S C3 (Indianapolis pressing)

447-0608-1977-side2-gstop447-0608-1977-side1-gstop

Disc: 1976. Gold Standard. Black label, dog near top. Gold Standard on top in white.
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-8S C3 (machine stamped) / J2PW-5696-8S A1 (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)

447-0608-1977-side2447-0608-1977-side1

Disc: 1976. Gold Standard. Black label, dog near top.
Matrix numbers: J2PW-5695-10S A1 PB11099A / J2PW-5696-9S A4 PB11099B (Indianapolis pressing)

Originally released by RCA Records on as Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog.

Re-released by RCA Records on 45 RPM as Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel on the Collectors' Series label.

  1. eBay reference 222087135544 (June 19, 2016)
  2. Matrix numbers from the collection of DarylR.
  3. eBay reference 222087135544 (June 19, 2016)
  4. Thanks for Neal Umphred for the date determination.
  5. Mockups of existing images.
  6. eBay reference 274208908296(January 23, 2020)