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

Elvis was cruising at full speed in 1976 as he crossed the country performing nine different tours over many days at numerous concert locations. A grueling schedule, yet Elvis received reviews that touted him as having “matured into an excellent and sensitive artist - an impressive sight.” Offered is a grouping of tour documents from this period, emanating from the collection of sound engineer Bill Porter, that includes:

  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated April 1, 1976 for April 21 through April 27, 1976;
  • April 1, 1976 “Dear Friend” letter from the Elvis Presley Show enclosing contracts, requesting execution and return and discussing additional details about the start of the tour;
  • April 2, 1976 Letter of Agreement to Bill Porter from the Elvis Presley Show for April 30 through May 9, 1976 at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel;
  • April 8, 1976 “Dear Friend” letter from the Elvis Presley Show discussing specifics for the April tour and April/May Sahara Tahoe engagement including accommodations, rehearsal and departure information;
  • Typed tour schedule for April 21-27, 1976 including day, date, location, venue and number of shows, with handwritten telephone number notation;
  • The typed “Elvis Presley Concerts / In Association With RCA Record Tours / Management Three” hotel information for tour show talent containing the name, city, state and phone numbers for hotels in nine different cities for May 27-June 6, 1976 tour on blue paper with handwritten notations in the margins;
  • Typed 1976 Tour #4 schedule for June 25-July 5, 1976 with days, dates, locations, venues, and show times with handwritten notations throughout and on the reverse;
  • The typed “Elvis Presley Concerts / In Association With RCA Record Tours / Management Three” hotel information for tour show talent containing the name, city, state and phone numbers for hotels in eleven different cities for June 25-July 5, 1976 with handwritten notations all over;
  • Room assignment list for Baltimore with more than 40 rooms handwritten onto the form, not including Elvis and the Colonel, with Bill Porter in room 1607;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated July 1, 1976 for July 23 through August 5, 1976 as adjusted in a post script amendment with handwritten change to the compensation;
  • July 16, 1976 “Dear Friend” letter from the Elvis Presley Show enclosing contracts and itinerary and providing departure information, with a handwritten postscript to Bill “Please note that we have adjusted your agreement to reflect the income authorized by Elvis and the Colonel”;
  • July 21, 1976 typed “Inventory of sound equipment belonging to Elvis Presley & taken to be stored at the Las Vegas Hilton, effective above date” signed by a representative of the Hilton Hotel and countersigned by Bill Porter;
  • Typed tour schedule for July 23-August 5, 1976 with days, dates, locations, venues, and show times;
  • The hotel list for the July 23-August 5, 1976 tour containing the addresses and phone numbers for hotels in seven different cities;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated August 2, 1976 for August 27 through September 8, 1976;
  • August 18, 1976 “Dear Friend” letter from the Elvis Presley Show enclosing list of tour cities and hotels as well as departure details;
  • Typed 1976 Tour #6 schedule for August 27-September 8, 1976 with days, dates, locations, venues, and show times;
  • The hotel list for the August 27-September 8, 1976 tour containing the addresses, contact names and phone numbers for hotels in ten different cities;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated September 27, 1976 for October 14-27, 1976;
  • Cover letter, dated September 27, 1976 for the contract;
  • Typed 1976 Tour #7 schedule for October 14-27, 1976 with days, dates, locations, venues, and show times with one handwritten notation in the margin;
  • The two-page (2) hotel list for the October 14-27, 1976 tour containing the addresses, contact names and phone numbers for hotels in ten different cities including different location information for Elvis & Colonel and the Show Group while in Cleveland, Ohio;
  • Room assignment list for South Bend with more than 40 rooms handwritten onto the form, not including Elvis and the Colonel, with Bill Porter in room 214 and additional handwritten notation throughout and on the reverse;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated November 1, 1976 for November 24-29, 1976 with additional typed note indicating total compensation including the one day added;
  • November 12, 1976 “Dear Friend” letter from the Elvis Presley Show enclosing contract and list of tour cities and hotels;
  • Typed 1976 Tour #8 schedule for November 24-30, 1976 with days, dates, locations, venues, and show times;
  • The hotel list for the November 24-30, 1976 tour containing the addresses, contact name and phone numbers for hotels in three different cities;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated December 6, 1976 for December 27-31, 1976 with additional typed note indicating total compensation including the one day added; 
  • The hotel list for the December 1976 tour containing the addresses, contact name and phone numbers for hotels in five different cities; and
  • Green paper luggage tag marked “Porter” measuring 3 1/8 by 6 1/4 inches (7.93 x 15.87 cm).

This comprehensive collection attests to the demanding tour schedule of concerts that Elvis and the Elvis Presley Show members performed in 1976. All documents measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the collection of thirty-one (31) 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.
1976 “Elvis Presley Show” Contracts for Concert Sound Engineer Bill Porter with Other Tour Related Schedules, Documents and Correspondence (31 Pieces)*
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Minimum Bid: $400.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $562.50
Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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