The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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On August 22, 1955 Elvis performed for the second time in Wichita Falls, Texas with Scotty, Bill and this time DJ Fontana on drums. They were booked for a week-long tour with other Louisiana Hayride artists and the 8:00 p.m. show that evening took place in the Spudder Park baseball stadium in Wichita Falls. The concert was emceed by Horace Logan and the opening act was KWFT DJ Bill Mack’s own band.  Wearing multiple hats, Bill was also responsible for booking the performers for this engagement at Spudder Park. Bill Mack, a Texan singer-songwriter who was a DJ at KWFT-TV in the early 1950s and hosted the show “The Big Six Jamboree.” Favoring hillbilly and rockabilly music, Bill Mack also emceed “The Old Hadacol Western Barn Dance” which led to his contract with Imperial Records. 

Offered is an incredible “Radio Station KWFT Attraction Special Press Pass” signed by Bill Mack and good for only the attraction and performance of “Elvis Presley” on “Aug 22” as indicated in the handwritten notation of the same ink as Bill Mack’s signature. The pass is for reserved seats, but no specific seats are indicated. The reverse of this pass is blank.  This very rare, signed pass comes with a typed letter, dated August 16, 1955, on Bill Mack letterhead to Jay Thompson in which Bill states, “Hiya Jay: Got Elvis Presley, Betty Amos, Horace Logan, Johnny Horton, Scotty & Bill, Willie Birdbrain, and a bunch of the haride [sic] gang comin’ to W.F. Spudder Park at 8:00 pm Monday, August 22. It costs $1.00 for adults; 25c for kids. You get in free...come on!” The letter is signed “Your ol’ buddy, Bill.” Jay Thompson was a host for the show “Hillbilly Hot Parade” on KSTB radio in Breckenridge, Texas and interviewed Elvis for the show in April 1956. Jay was also with Elvis almost a year before on June 10, 1955, when Elvis played the American Legion Hall in Breckenridge. After the show on August 22, 1955 Elvis joined Bill Mack in a trip to the hospital to visit Bill’s newborn daughter. When they returned from the hospital, the battery in Elvis’ Cadillac was dead and he required a push from a local farmer to get back on the road. This special relic from the beginning of Elvis’ career marks the influence the radio stations and DJs at the time had in helping catapult this young buck to superstardom. The rare pass measures 2 1/8 x 3 3/4 inches (5.4 x 9.53 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The ticket and letter have been well-preserved, with only minor age-related toning and mailing wear on the envelope. Excellent to Mint condition overall.
Elvis Presley August 22, 1955 Concert Press Pass with Letter from Bill Mack to Jay Thompson Dated August 16th
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,375.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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