The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2015
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The truly intriguing things about this transfer document aren't the songs we immediately recognize, like "I Got a Woman" or "Money Honey," but the seven songs not typically heard from Elvis! Where are the masters for "I Love You So Much it Hurts," "No Letter Today," "Worried Mind," "At Mail Call Today," "One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart," "It Makes No Difference Now," and "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)"? They're all hits from the 1930s and '40s, so perhaps the rights were secured but they were never recorded. Regardless, it's a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of Elvis' publishing business. Since Elvis Presley Music was a BMI publishing company, Elvis started Gladys Music as an ASCAP publishing company. This gave him access to songwriters signed up with both songwriting societies, providing a much wider song selection and more business leverage. The offered agreement, signed twice by Elvis Presley and Julian J. Aberbach and once by Colonel Thomas A. Parker (a scarcer signature variant of the Colonel), represents the transfer of 15 songs from Elvis Presley Music, Inc. to Gladys Music, Inc. on December 7, 1956. The transferred songs include: "I Got a Woman," "I Love You So Much It Hurts," "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy," "Long Tall Sally," "Money Honey," "No Letter Today," "Rip It Up," "Tutti Frutti," "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again," "Worried Mind," "At Mail Call Today," "One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart," "It Makes No Difference Now," "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," and "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)." The two-page document on pink sheets of Elvis Presley Music, Inc. stationery, with two beautiful 1956 Elvis signatures, is a significant artifact from the period when Elvis was becoming "Elvis." The first page outlines the terms of the agreement and is twice signed by Elvis. The second page of the agreement lists the 15 songs being transferred and is labeled "Exhibit A" on the bottom. This document has remained in an advanced collection for more than 30 years. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. The agreement measures approximately 8 1/2 by 11 inches (21.59 x 27.94 cm).



Both pages contain two sets of circular filing holes punched in the top and sets of staple holes from previously being stapled together, otherwise in excellent condition overall.
1956 Elvis Presley Double-Signed Transfer Agreement Moving 15 Songs to Gladys Music
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Final prices include buyers premium.: $12,500.00
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
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