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

In June 1977, Elvis began his 5th tour of that year, which would also turn out to be his last. A couple of the shows on this tour are filmed for the upcoming CBS television special “Elvis in Concert.” The reviews of this tour in local papers did as much justice to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll as he did in providing entertainment to his fans. Some of the reviews touted, “Fans shriek, swoon as Elvis croons his tunes,” and “Only a lout with no appreciation whatsoever for modern popular music could have escaped Presley’s spell.” After spending the first half of the year performing to audiences across the nation, Elvis’ reign would come to an end that fateful day in August. 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 January 21, 1977 for February 12-21, 1977, unsigned;
  • January 31, 1977 “Dear Friend” letter from the Elvis Presley Show enclosing contracts and itinerary and list of hotels;
  • Typed tour schedule for February 12-21, 1977 including day, date, location, venue and show times;
  • The hotel list for the February 1977 tour containing the addresses, contact name and phone numbers for hotels in eight different cities with handwritten notations of dates;
  • March 10, 1977 “Dear Friend” letter from the Elvis Presley Show enclosing contracts and list of the tour cities and hotels;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated March 3, 1977 for March 23 through April 3, 1977;
  • Typed tour schedule for March 3-April 3, 1977 including day, date, location, venue and show times;
  • The hotel list for the March/April 1977 tour containing the hotel name, cities, addresses and phone numbers for hotels in ten different cities with handwritten notations of dates in the margin;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated April 1, 1977 for April 21 through May 3, 1977;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated April 21, 1977 for May 20 through June 2, 1977, also signed by Bill Porter;
  • A handwritten note on blue custom Tom Diskin TCB stationery that states, “Dear Bill, Enclosed is the letter agreement for the forth coming Elvis Presley Show Tour April 21 - May 3rd 1977. Kindly sign, keep one copy for your files and return the other copies in the envelope provided. Some fan was kind enough to send me this stationery as a present and so I felt I should put it to good use. Hope that you and the family are all well and happy and we all look forward to a most pleasant tour.”;
  • Typed 1977 Tour #3 (Under the Direction of Colonel Parker & Tom Hulett) schedule for April 21-May 3, 1977 with days, dates, locations, venues, and show times;
  • Second Copy of the typed 1977 Tour #3 (Under the Direction of Colonel Parker & Tom Hulett) schedule for April 21-May 3, 1977 with days, dates, locations, venues, and show times and an underlined reminder at the bottom front, “Sunday April 24 at 2:00 AM spring ahead one hour to daylight savings time,” this copy has handwritten notations on the April 27 show information line and on the reverse, which seems to be a schedule for the next tour stops;
  • Typed 1977 Tour #4 (Under the Direction of Colonel Parker & Tom Hulett) schedule for May 20-June 2, 1977 with days, dates, locations, venues, show times, and hotel names and numbers, Al Strada’s name and phone numbers are handwritten on the reverse;
  • Standard letter of agreement to Bill Porter from Management Three, Ltd., dated June 1, 1977 for June 17-26, 1977, also signed by Bill Porter;
  • Typed 1977 Tour #5 (Under the Direction of Colonel Parker & Tom Hulett) schedule for June 17-26, 1977 with days, dates, locations, venues, show times, and hotel names and numbers, with handwritten notations for Madison, Wisconsin; 
  • Typed 1977 Tour #6 (Under the Direction of Colonel Parker & Tom Hulett) schedule for August 18-27, 1977 with days, dates, locations, venues, show times, and hotel names and numbers, with handwritten notations for Portland, Maine and Hartford, Connecticut;
  • Typed 1977 Tour #6 (Under the Direction of Colonel Parker & Tom Hulett) schedule for August 17-28, 1977 with days, dates, locations, venues, show times, and hotel names and numbers, with handwritten indication in upper left “New List”; 
  • Typed room assignment list with over 40 rooms assigned and Bill Porter in room 411; and
  • Two (2) green paper luggage tags, each marked “Porter” and measuring 3 1/8 by 6 1/4 inches (7.93 x 15.87 cm).

This collection of ephemera denotes a very busy start to 1977 with a heavy concert tour schedule for all members of the Elvis Presley Show. All documents measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the collection of twenty-one (21) 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.
1977 “Elvis Presley Show” Contracts for Concert Sound Engineer Bill Porter with other Tour Related Schedules, Documents and Correspondence (21 Pieces)*
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Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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