The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
Al Dvorin was a Chicago bandleader and talent agent who met Elvis through Colonel Parker in 1955 when he started booking Elvis in variety shows and county fairs. At the urging of the Colonel, Al became more active in Elvis’ career and organized Elvis’ concert and personal appearances for the next 22 years. In the 1970s, Colonel Parker requested that Al Dvorin tell the audience, for whom Elvis had just performed, that Elvis was not coming out to do an encore. It was this request that led Al to utter the now-famous phrase, “Ladies and gentleman, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.” Although he was not the first to speak these words, it was Al’s voice that made them famous and immortalized the phrase that has become part of pop culture history.
Al Dvorin’s band was known as “The Kings Men” and they would often play backup where needed. Offered are two cardboard bandstands, one marked “The Kings Men” and the other “Al Dvorin.” The bright silver graphics on these intense blue bandstands have really stood the test of time given that they were used decades ago, as evidenced in the accompanying photos of Elvis on stage with this style bandstand in the background. The bandstands have been stored folded, but are still fully functional and a fitting tribute to Elvis’ early beginnings. The bandstands are marked with the Selmer Porta-light Deluxe model logo and measure 28 by 20 by 21 inches (71.12 x 50.8 x 53.34 cm) when standing erect and 28 by 20 by 13 inches (71.12 x 50.8 x 33.02 cm) when folded. The two stand-up, four-sided color bandstands and four modern photo prints are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The Kings Men bandstand is in fair condition with evidence of water staining on the front, some water and mildew damage on the left side and some loose paper on the right edge. Some water blemishing resulting in loose paper along the top, but the graphics are still bright and bold given the age and use. The Al Dvorin bandstand has significant water damage on the right side resulting in loose paper, however the graphics are still bright. The fair condition is not surprising given the fragile material and age of these incredible relics.