The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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At the very start of his musical career and during his less than two years with Sun Records, Elvis recorded 24 songs and Sun Records released 10 of those on 5 singles. The third single to be released (Sun 215) included the tunes “You’re A Heartbreaker” by Jack Salle with “Milkcow Blues Boogie” by Kokomo Arnold on side B. The songs were both recorded by Elvis in the Memphis Sun Studios on December 8, 1954 and released on December 28, 1954. It was less than a year later that RCA purchased Elvis’ contract from Sun Records, making the original Elvis Sun Records highly collectible and any original Sun acetate even more sought after and incredibly unusual to find.

Offered are two original acetates from Sun each containing the original released versions for the Sun 215 hit single for “You’re a Heartbreaker” and “Milkcow Blues Boogie.” The first of the pair of acetates includes “Milkcow Blues Boogie” (matrix U-140) on side A with a running length of 2:33, during which Elvis starts singing slowly and interrupts himself by saying “Hold it fellas, don’t move, let’s get real real going for a change” before increasing the tempo and beginning the song again. On this acetate, handwritten in grease on the side stamped with the Audiodisc circular mark is, “Sun 215 / Both Sides / U-140” among the pressing holes and piece of adhesive tape. The writing on the tape reads "ELVIS - MILCOW."  The tape and its notations could very well be from a later period, but they have been on there for some time, most likely several decades, at least. The other side has no markings or writing and contains the exact same recording as on side one.

The second, single-sided acetate contains the tune “You’re a Heartbreaker” with a running time of 2:08 and has handwritten in grease on the side stamped with the Presto record mark, “Sun 215 / U-141” among the pressing holes and piece of adhesive tape. The writing on the tape reads "ELVIS - HEARTBREAKER / ORGAN 3." The tape is affixed between the center hole and top of the three pressing holes. It should be noted that these three holes, from Sam Phillips "Presto" record lathe, arranged as such constitute the holes that form the "delta" marks on the labels of Elvis' first four Sun recordings. The reverse side of this acetate contains organ music with a lengthy running time of 15:05.

The offered acetates, and the other two lots of Sun acetates offered here, were acquired from the collection of Steve LaVere. LaVere is a somewhat contoversial and somewhat legendary figure in the history of American blues music. He was involved in some of the early efforts in the 1960s by the Imperial label to gather historical blues compilations, and he was a key figure in helping the family of blues legend Robert Johnson establish claim to his publishing rights—a process steeped in public and professional contention, to say the least. Along the way, Steve also amassed a large collection of rare and obscure blues and rock and roll records. These Sun production acetates were purchased from his collection. 

This pair of original Sun acetates comprise what would become one of only five Elvis singles released by Sun Records before his move to RCA Victor. Epic gems, both acetates measure 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. 



The acetate presents with expected wear, with several scuffs and scratches. Each acetate plays clearly with the typical pops and skips one would expect. Excellent condition.
1954 Sun Records Acetate Pair for Elvis Presley’s “Milkcow Blues Boogie” and “You’re a Heartbreaker” (Sun 215)
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Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,250.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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