The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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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, where producer Steve Sholes was less than pleased with the results. The session took place after the band’s harrowing plane flight from Texas and was jammed into a free day in a relentless touring schedule. Sholes famously spliced two takes together to produce the single, a normally unsuccessful process for the era that nonetheless created a huge hit. The song, written by Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff, was Elvis’ seventh single release for the RCA Victor label. 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.” Just a month after the release, Elvis appeared on June 5, 1956 in the NBC Studios in Los Angeles on The Milton Berle Show. During the segment, Berle presented Elvis with a Billboard Award for topping the charts with his song “Heartbreak Hotel” and Elvis proceeded to perform his new single “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” and “Hound Dog” live on the show.

Offered is an NBC Reference Recording Acetate that was likely created in 1956 for any number of reasons including advertising for that June 5 Milton Berle show, since this rendition is the originally released version of the tune, but the exact circumstances are lost to the ages, leaving only this extremely rare artifact of Elvis’ early days of his career and of his early recordings for RCA. This incredible acetate has the original blue NBC Reference Recording, 78 speed, label with the title and artist typed in the center. The acetate is housed in a brown paper sleeve and measures 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter. This rare and unusual original NBC acetate is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The label of the acetate has an older vertical line of lifting in the center with wear to the edges and surface. Overall minor surface soiling on the label from age and handling and minor scuffing to the acetate itself. The reverse has surface scratching with a white colored circular scuff and a larger section of the metal interior exposed. Given the rarity and age, overall good condition.
1956 “NBC Reference Recording” Acetate of Elvis Presley’s “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,250.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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