The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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From the Bill Porter Collection

The early 1970s were a pivotal period in Elvis’ career. He returned from a decade of making movies in Hollywood to live performances all over the country, special engagements in Las Vegas as well as continuously releasing newly recorded material. His star was hot and shining bright! His shows in Vegas broke attendance records and dawned the age of his famous jumpsuits. He made history with his Aloha From Hawaii special and returned to the top of the music charts. Two documentaries featuring his concert tours were released during this time. These years were some of the most prolific times in his career for reaching audiences across the nation and around the world with his music. Offered is a grouping of tour documents from this period, emanating from the collection of sound engineer Bill Porter, that includes:

  • Typed Tour Schedule for September 9-14, 1970 including day, date, location, venue and number of shows;
  • Typed Show Plane Schedule for September 9-14, 1970 tour;
  • Typed Sound System Contact Information for September 9-14, 1970 tour with handwritten notations in the margin;
  • Typed Information on Sound Systems in Each City with typed note at bottom from Bill P. outlining the inventory of sound equipment that he is bringing;
  • Standard letter contract to Bill Porter, dated October 9, 1970 for November 10 through November 17, 1970 signed by Tom Diskin on behalf of the Elvis Presley Tour;
  • October 9, 1970 cover letter from Tom Diskin on MGM letterhead enclosing the agreement and requesting execution and return with stamped date of October 12, 1970 in upper right corner;
  • Two-page (2) typed tentative tour schedule for November 10-17, 1970 with show dates, locations, airports, departures, rehearsal and show times;
  • Tour date and location typed listing with day, date, venue, city and state, stamped October 12, 1970 in upper right corner and handwritten notation for location on November 16th;
  • November 20, 1970 letter to Bill Porter from Tom Diskin on MGM letterhead enclosing reimbursement check for transportation, speaker replacement and phone calls including thanks for contribution to success of tour;
  • Standard letter contract to Bill Porter, dated December 9, 1970 for January 26 (and rehearsal dates) and February 2, 9, 16, 23, 1971 with secretarial Elvis signature;
  • December 9, 1970 cover letter from Tom Diskin on MGM letterhead enclosing the contract and requesting execution and return with handwritten notation of return date in pencil on the bottom;
  • Standard letter contract to Bill Porter, dated June 22, 1971 for August 7 through September 6, 1971 at the International Hotel, with secretarial Elvis signature and stamped date of June 29, 1971 in top right corner;
  • June 22, 1971 cover letter from Tom Diskin on MGM letterhead enclosing the letter agreement for shows at the International beginning August 7th, stamped June 24, 1971 in top right corner;
  • July 27, 1971 cover letter to Bill Porter from Tom Diskin on Sahara Tahoe letterhead enclosing the schedule of rehearsals;
  • June 28, 1971 cover letter from Tom Diskin on MGM letterhead enclosing the contract;
  • Rehearsal Schedule chart for August 9 through September 6, 1971;
  • September 17, 1971 letter to Bill Porter from Tom Diskin on MGM letterhead that states, “As I indicated to you in Vegas, we are making some new approaches on our forthcoming tour for Elvis, and will be utilizing the sound personnel that have been contacted to set up the equipment in the various buildings. As you can appreciate, these boys are extremely anxious to prove what they can do so we’re going to give them a chance. Trust your new business organization gets off to a healthy start. Regardless of the level of today’s business pace the future for leisure related activities is considered to be most promising.”;
  • July 19, 1972 letter to Bill Porter from Tom Diskin enclosing rehearsal schedule;
  • Rehearsal Schedule chart for August 4 through September 4, 1972;
  • Three-page (3) typed Schedule for Show Members for November 8 through 18, 1972 with handwritten red notations on the reverse of the second page;
  • Standard letter contract to Bill Porter, dated January 16, 1973 for January 24 through February 23, 1973, with secretarial Elvis signature;
  • January 16, 1973 letter to Bill Porter from Tom Diskin on MGM letterhead addressing rehearsal times and requesting to be contacted in room 447 when he arrives;
  • Standard letter contract to Bill Porter, dated May 15, 1973 for June 20 through July 2, 1973 unsigned but with handwritten notations adjusting the compensation;
  • Standard letter contract to Bill Porter, dated January 15, 1974 for January 24 through February 9, 1974, unsigned;
  • Typed note on Las Vegas Hilton letterhead from Elvis and the Colonel thanking members for a great Summer Festival; and
  • Green paper luggage tag marked “Porter” measuring 3 1/8 by 6 1/4 inches (7.93 x 15.87 cm).
  • This collection represents the active touring and appearance schedule that Elvis and his team kept in the early 1970s after his return from Hollywood. All documents measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the collection of twenty-nine (29) pieces is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.


The documents present with few, if any, significant defects and have been meticulously well-preserved. Only original mailing folds and the occasional wrinkle belie their age. Near Mint condition overall, with some lesser.
1970-1974 “Elvis Presley Show” Contracts for Concert Sound Engineer Bill Porter with Other Tour Related Schedules, Documents and Correspondence (29 Pieces)*
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Minimum Bid: $400.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $531.25
Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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