The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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The ’60s saw Elvis busy working his magic on the big screen and also on the turntable as he filmed consecutive movies and released countless tunes. He was a boon for Hollywood, RCA and the Colonel and those factions worked behind the scenes to wrap each package delivered with a bow. Offered is a wonderful example of this effort in a letter on RCA letterhead, dated November 14, 1961 from RCA vice president Bill Bullock to Colonel Tom Parker, which reads, in part, “Harry Jenkins and the fellows are working on their 1962 plans and would like to know what our tentative LP plans are so as to provide for special treatment on Presley product. As a suggestion only, let me give you the following for what it is worth. Make a double feature LP along the lines of the enclosed sketch. You can tell right off that I am not an art director!” Both Follow That Dream and Kid Galahad were scheduled to be released within a few months of one another, thus Bill’s suggestion to make this double feature LP. The letter ends with Bill’s request to “Kick this around and let me know what you think.” History tells us that the Colonel was not behind this idea, or Bill’s cover design sketch for that matter, since a double album was not made, but two extended play records instead, one for each film.  This interesting letter comes with the two original concept sketches on lined notepaper; a “DJ Preview Special” 45 RPM “Not for sale” record with “King of the Whole Wide World”/”Home is Where the Heart Is” and original white sleeve that reads, in part, “From his new movie ‘Kid Galahad’ / These sound track recordings plus 4 others available only in Elvis’ new 45 E.P. - Kid Galahad (EPA-4371)”; and a consumer version of the EP soundtrack for Kid Galahad. The Kid Galahad EP was recorded in 1961 and released with the film the following year. The letter and sketches, originally offered in the 1999 Graceland Archive auction (B36), each measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), the 45 measures 7 inches (17.78 cm) in diameter and the collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The sketches and letter show minor wear from storage. Excellent to Mint condition.
1961 Original Concept Sketches and Letter for a “Double Feature LP” for <em>Follow that Dream</em> and <em>Kid Galahad</em> with “DJ Preview Special” 45 for <em>Kid Galahad</em>
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Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $375.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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