The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
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Viva Las Vegas is considered by many to be one of Elvis’ best films, highlighted by legendary songs and the natural chemistry between the two stars, Elvis and Ann-Margret. The fast-paced, twisted plot of the film and the upbeat soundtrack makes for a fun ride for the audience. Fifteen songs were recorded for the film and only six were issued as singles. “Do the Vega” was recorded in July of 1963 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood for the Viva Las Vegas film but was not used in the movie; instead it was released on Elvis Sings Flaming Star in 1969. “The Climb,” another song recorded for the film, was a blues dance number performed by a vocal ensemble group that included Elvis, but has never officially been released by RCA.
Offered is the RCA Victor “Reference Recording” acetate with special label that includes the handwritten titles “Elvis / Do The Vega / MISC - S-0157-1 / used in CAS - 2304” on one side and “Elvis / Climb / MISC S-0157-2 / No Elvis Vocal” on the other side. Since “The Climb” was an ensemble piece, it makes perfect sense that there would be a recording with no Elvis vocals. The acetate measures approximately 6 7/8 inches (17.46 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The acetate is in excellent condition overall with very minor surface wear.