The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Before the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was founded in 1958, record companies would present awards to their artists to commemorate sales records. The offered RCA Victor 45 award for “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” is dedicated “To Col. Tom Parker In Appreciation of His Contribution Toward Making I Want You, I Need You, I Love You A Million Seller 1957.” In 1956, RCA’s new artist Elvis Presley was tearing up the charts, the record books, and soon the box office. “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” was recorded at a one-day session in Nashville on April 14, 1956. The single, released on May 4, 1956 with “My Baby Left Me” on side B, reached number one on the country music charts and number three on the Billboard charts. Pre-orders for the single were more than 300,000, the largest for RCA at the time, and final sales totaled over 1.3 million. With three songs in the Top 20, Elvis’ dreams of becoming a ballad singer were realized with this single release and the popularity of “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.” The award measures 16 by 14 inches (40.64 by 35.56 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The award presents with less than the normally seen wear to the silver frame and oxidation to the record itself. Excellent to Mint condition.
1956 RCA "Green Felt" Award to Colonel Tom Parker for Making Elvis Presley’s “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” A Million Seller-One of the Earliest RCA Awards to Col. Parker
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Minimum Bid: $4,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $8,125.00
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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