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

This official 192-page souvenir program from the 1970 38th Annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome contains a full two-page advertisement for Elvis as well as featuring Charley Pride, Bobby Goldsboro, Buck Owens and Roy Clark. The other performers rounded out the 10-day concert schedule at the show. Elvis’ six shows in 1970 on February 27, 28 and March 1 at the Astrodome during the Livestock Show were his first shows outside of Las Vegas since 1961. He attracted a huge audience, with Saturday night’s show having the largest attendance. Also included in the program is a full-page ad on page 100 for the International Hotel in Las Vegas, perhaps some clever cross-marketing toward the audience for Elvis and his engagements at the International. In addition to the souvenir program, measuring 11 by 8 1/4 inches (27.94 x 20.96 cm), this collection also includes: 

  • Official paper program for the Saturday Matinee that is printed on all four sides to fold into a pamphlet measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm);
  • Pay stub against the Elvis Presley account with typed notation, “Salary in full for the period of February 24th thru and including March 1, 1970, for all services in conjunction with the Elvis Presley Show - Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome, Houston,” measuring 4 by 8 1/2 inches (10.16 x 21.59 cm); and
  • January 30, 1974 letter from Tom Diskin on MGM letterhead to Bill Porter that requests, “Will you please make contact with Mr. Jim Schrom of the Astrodome (Phone: (713) 748-4500) regarding our sound equipment needed both on the stage and off to the side in the event we use the Joe Guercio bans. They advise me they have gotten some stage monitoring equipment to which we can add our own Shure system if you needed it. Will appreciate your calling within the next week and letting me know the number of mikes and whatever else you will need.” The letter with handwritten notes in ink that seem to list what might be required measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm).

This very personal collection of four (4) pieces, emanating from the collection of Bill Porter, directly relates to his attendance as sound engineer at this historic event. The group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Each artifact is in excellent condition overall with horizontal creases in the letter from folding and edge wear to the day program.
Elvis Presley Concert Sound Engineer Bill Porter’s 1970 Houston Astrodome Show Souvenir Program - Plus February 28 Day-of Program, Pay Stub and Letter Concerning Elvis 1974 Astrodome Show*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $500.00
Estimate: $400 - $800
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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