The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
The Colonel does not mince words in this three-page, single-spaced, typed missive wherein he lets Elvis know, in no uncertain terms, his feelings and concerns for the “entourage” and Elvis’ handling of them. The letter is dated April 29, 1960, and gets right to the point as the Colonel opens the directive with, “I know you will appreciate the fact that rather than sit down and go over all these details again and again like I have in the past on the train, in the hotel, in the dressing room, explaining to these friends of yours the responsibility that goes with their being associated with you.” The letter continues with a stern tone for three long pages as the Colonel expresses doubt, frustration and warning. The message is clear when he writes, “They themselves well know whether they are detremental [sic] to your career, and if they don’t have sense enough to think about this then in all fairness to you as a friend they should tell you so and go home. Whether they do or not is no concern of mine. I like all of them as persons, but I can’t sit by any longer and became involved with a daily routine of preaching and advising and looking out for a lot of people that I have nothing to do with as far as my business with you is concerned.” He encourages each of the entourage to read the letter. The Colonel is strong in his message and each word packs a punch, like the paragraph in which the Colonel says, “I believe that you definitely should tell every one of them that their actions reflect 100% on you as they are living with you, traveling with you, and to some extent you are responsible for them. Public opinion will always be geared to you, not them, and whatever they do, however their actions are mis-judged, they will immediately reflect on you.” He closes this very direct letter with “I am not angry at any of your friends. I like them all, but I am too old to start raising another family.” The Colonel’s passionate plea to Elvis is an extremely detailed insight into the behind-the-scenes dynamic between Elvis, the Memphis Mafia and the Colonel. This file copy of this letter with amazing content measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches 27.94 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The three-page letter is stapled at the upper left corner with evidence of rust from a previous staple, fold marks in the upper left corner and a vertical crease with ink along the bottom center of the first page only. The letter is in very good condition overall.