brian wrote:I don't know about that.
It seems to me that any label that signed Elvis would have tried to get hits on the pop charts.
If for some reason Columbia couldn't get pop hits out of Elvis then maybe they would have put him in the Country division.
But he was considered a country act. RCA signed him to their country division, not their pop division. When RCA signed him they reissued his latest Sun release "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" which was beginning to hit. (They shortly thereafter reissued all of his previous Sun singles as well). The record hit #1 on the country charts. When "Heartbreak Hotel" was released, it too was promoted as country and also hit #1 on the country charts. But national TV exposure led to Top 40 radio picking it up, and very soon it was a big pop hit as well. This established Elvis as a pop star. RCA certainly was not going to refuse to promote him to the pop market. So henceforth, he was considered pop.
I think it might have been a similar situation for Columbia.
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