The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization created in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the polio epidemic that plagued the nation by which he himself was afflicted. After the introduction of the polio vaccine, the March of Dimes expanded its focus to include birth defects and infant mortality and continues its efforts today. Over the years many celebrities have supported the March of Dimes, including Elvis, who began working with the organization in its advertising as early as 1956.
Offered are two rare March of Dimes 16-inch (40.64 cm) diameter radio record discs in their original paper sleeves. Disc 1 includes radio interviews with Jill Corey, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Alan Dale, the Mills Brothers, and Guy Mitchell that were to be played with songs by the artists on disc 2—Elvis contributed his rendition of “Love Me Tender.” The artists on the second disc include Pat Boone, Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt, Johnnie Ray, Dinah Shore, Eddie Fisher, Elvis Presley and 14 more. The discs were meant to be played on air in 1957 during the period of January 2-31 only, as indicated on the labels.
Also included with discs is a copy of original insert transcripts of all six disc jockey interviews from disc 1. The 27 pages of transcripts are the complete interviews, with lines for the disc jockey to read and then play the pre-recorded stars’ responses on air. The instructions for Elvis’ interview states in part, “Use this script with Cut #2... interview with Elvis Presley. The Elvis Presley portions of the script are recorded, with blank grooves left between his speeches for you to speak your portions of the interview live. The show has been prepared to give the impression that Elvis is in the studio with you.” The interview opens with Elvis asking, “One thing I’d like to know right away. What’s so controversial about me?”
This rare pair of records is offered with a copy of the well publicized black-and-white image of Elvis and 1955 March of Dimes poster girl Mary Kosloski, taken when she visited Elvis at Graceland on Elvis’ birthday in 1958. This incredible treasure of philanthropic history is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Both discs are in good condition overall with expected surface abrasions from age and use.