The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
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This acetate, on an RCA Custom Records label, is likely one made at the time “Tutti Frutti” was included on the first album Elvis released with RCA in March of 1956. Combining boogie, gospel and blues, this song heralded a new era in music as the birth of rock ‘n’ roll began. Previously sung by other great entertainers such as Little Richard, Elvis’ version of the song was listed in Billboard magazine in the Top 20 sales charts. The typed label on this acetate indicates the speed as “45 RPM,” and reads “Elvis Presley / Tutti Frutti.” The reverse of the record has a plain white label that has been stamped with the call letters for “W.Q.A.M. Miami Florida” twice. This acetate was obviously received by this station from RCA to promote Elvis’ new version of the song in which he adds “A-wop-bob-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!” to every verse. This rare acetate measures 6 1/2 inches (16.51 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The acetate is in excellent condition with some minor surface scratching. The label is discolored from age on the front while the stamping is still bold on the reverse.