The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
Elvis traveled by train from Memphis to Las Vegas in November 1956. He arrived in Vegas on November 9th and stayed until November 12th, when he rented a car and drove to Los Angeles. Upon his arrival, Elvis sent a telegram to the Colonel to reassure him that he would make his appointment in Los Angeles. He mentioned the DJ convention that the Colonel was attending in Nashville during his absence. Elvis had attended the conference the prior year, in 1955, and it was there that he met Mae Axton, who introduced him to her song “Heartbreak Hotel.” The telegram is marked from Green River, Wyoming, a place Elvis had never performed, so it’s likely the telegram had been routed through that location on its way to the Colonel. The original Western Union telegram dated November 9, 1956 to Colonel Tom Parker from Elvis reads, “Colonel Tom Parker = Exclusive Mgr Elvis Presley Wux Madison Tenn = Trip so far has been comfortable. Expect to be in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon for my appointment Monday morning. Am stopping over in Las egas [sic] for a few hours. Hope the D J covention [sic] is going well, wish I could have made it as I did last year. Please express my sincere wishes to all for a successful convention = Elvin [sic] Presley.” The telegram, measuring 5 1/2 by 6 inches (13.97 x 15.24 cm), emanated from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (lot A121) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The telegram is in excellent condition overall, with pencil notations in the top right and the handwritten number “418” in lower right.