The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
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The offered 7-inch acetate, issued by RCA to radio station W.Q.A.M. in Miami, Florida, is for Elvis’ version of “Blue Moon.” Recorded in August 1954 at Sun Records, Elvis’ take is unique and considered clunky when compared to his normal style. Elvis omitted the final lyrics, turning the normal happy outcome of this song in a more melancholy direction. The song was never released by Sun Records, but was passed to RCA with the other non-released tunes. RCA released the track on the album Elvis Presley in March 1956, and later that year in September, released the song as side B to “Just Because.” The single release made the Billboard Top 100 and took an up-and-down journey on the charts for weeks, never exceeding number 55. This acetate was sent to the station in Florida as an “RCA Victor Record Prevue coming attractions” as stated on the label. Additional typed notes read “vocal / ‘Blue Moon’ / ELVIS PRESLEY” with a red grease pencil notation “62237.” The acetate, with no reverse label, measures 6 7/8 inches (17.46 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The acetate is in excellent condition with one minor ding to the edge, while surface remains in very good condition.