The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Kathy Westmoreland was a soprano backup singer for Elvis in the 1970s. Kathy was no stranger to show business—her father was a professional singer, her mother a professional dancer and all of her siblings were also professionals in the music industry as well. Straight out of school, Kathy worked at various theaters doing a musical comedy act with fellow classmate, Steve Martin. By the time she was 18, she began traveling with the Metropolitan National Opera Company. She then moved to California and joined a band of her own, The Sandpipers. Her career was blooming and she appeared on several television shows and sang vocals for hundreds of entertainers during their recording sessions until she was hired by Elvis in 1970. She sang back up vocals for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the studio and on stage. Elvis would introduce her to the audience as “the little girl with the beautiful high voice.” Kathy eventually wrote a book about her relationship, both professional and personal, with Elvis and admitted that they dated for a short period. Offered is a 14-karat gold TCB necklace, wighing 25 grams, that was gifted by Elvis to James Miller, friend of Kathy Westmoreland’s, after a concert in Las Vegas. The necklace comes with a handwritten note that was stored with the necklace by the owner that reads “The Original From Las Vegas / Elvis Original.” Also included with the necklace is a period snapshot of James "Larry" Miller with Kathy Westmoreland. The TCB necklace comes with a letter from Bill Miller, James' son, that states, "The TCB neckalce was give to my late father, James 'Larry' Miller, by Elvis Presley. He attended over a dozen live shows, most of them at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel where Elvis performed. My father had gotten to know and become friends with Kathy Westmoreland who was one of the back up singers for Elvis from 1972-1977. When my father passed, Kathy posted it on her fan page, which I thought was very nice of her. My father told me Elvis had given him the TCB necklace as a thank you for returning a large medallion necklace that had flown off his neck during a concert. The medallion necklace had landed at my dad's feet, and he picked it up. After the show, my dad asked the Executive Maitre D', who's name was Elmilio, to arrange to give back the medallion necklace to Elvis. The meeting was arranged, and Elvis was touched that my father was so honest and did not just keep it. In exchange, Elvis gave my dad the RCB necklace. Here are a couple more fun notes I would like to share: My dad was aware that Elvis sometimes had difficulty remembering the lyrics of 'Sweet Caroline' (which was my dad's favorite song to hear Elvis sing) during live shows. As a joke, my dad got a copy of the song sheet and had the words reduced in size. When it came time to sing the song at concert, my dad, being in the front row like he always was, offered the song sheet. Elvis saw my dad holding it up and took it from him. Elvis opened the folder with the lyrics inside and started laughing as he saw the reduced words that could not be read. He called my dad a few choice words as he was laughing and shook my dads hand. Elvis played in Lake Tahoe, California, and my dad went up to see his show with a lady friend. Elvis was chatting with the crowd between songs and contemplating what to sing next. People were shouting and saying their favorite songs. Elvis, stopped and said he was going to sing Sweet Caroline because as he put it, there were two people sitting here that have been to at least 10 or more of my shows. He called my father by name and said he would sing it for them. During the song, Elvis forgot a part of the lyrics and apologized to my dad at the end of the song for messing it up. I know all of this because my dad actually recorded the whole concert that night on casette tape. I heard the tape only after my dad had passed."  The letter contains images of Elvis with the song folder and shaking James Miller's hand from the stage as he laughs. Elvis’ generous nature always shone through and this TCB is an ideal example of his kindness as thanks for another's thoughtful gesture. The pendant of this iconic necklace measures 1 3/4 by 3/4 inches (4.44 x 1.90 cm), the necklace measures 29 inches (73.66 cm) in length and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The necklace presents with little to no wear. Near Mint to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned TCB Necklace Gifted to Friend of Kathy Westmoreland After a Concert in Las Vegas – Including Backstage Photo with Westmoreland and Other Documents
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Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,875.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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