On March 14, 1958 the first Gold Record was awarded to Perry Como for “Catch A Falling Star.” The RIAA’s next honoree was Laurie London for “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands.” And while Elvis Presley was the third artist to receive such an honor (for “Hard Headed Woman” in August 1958), his single Gold Record through the end of 1961 had him tied on the RIAA’s list with Lawrence Welk (whose “Calcutta” was certified Gold in February 1961).

“What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks,to sing an anthem to you, the High God!To announce your love each daybreak,sing your faithful presence all through the night,Accompanied by dulcimer and harp,the full-bodied music of strings.”

Scripture Reference: Psalm 92:1-3, The Message

Image Credit: Perry Como Records