The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Marty Lacker began working for Elvis in 1961 and played a pivotal role as foreman of the entourage. It was towards the end of the 1960s that Marty branched out on his own, creating his own record company and delving further into the music scene in Memphis. One of Marty’s many ambitious ventures was as chairman of Memphis Music Inc., lauded as “an organization composed of record manufacturers, distributors, one stops, rack jobbers, retailers, writers, composers, arrangers, publishers, artists, musicians, members of the broadcasting industry, pressing plants and many others directly or indirectly interested in or associated with the Memphis Music Industry. All the members have one thing in common - their sincere interest in and wish to promote the ‘Memphis Sound.’” As part of Marty’s initiative to further this cause, he organized the Memphis Music Awards event in 1971. This first annual ceremony would be the beginning of three consecutive years of this award ceremony.

At the inaugural event, the program provided to attendees was a limited edition, album-shaped booklet containing an LP. The program included a letter from Marty Lacker as chairman that stated in part, “On behalf of the Memphis Music Inc. Board of Trustees we are most happy that you have accepted this invitation to celebrate with us tonight the first annual Memphis Music Awards: ‘FROM THE BEGINNING’. This is the first of our many goals to become a reality. ‘The Beginning’ of what surely will be one of Memphis’ most exciting annual events. Tonight everyone is a winner, the nominees, the founder award recipients, and this ceremony tonight, is our award. It’s Memphis’ award, our industry’s award! It is most gratifying to look at our nominations and realize the importance Memphis Music has in the industry throughout the world.”

The mayor, with a more local flavor to his letter, which was also printed in the program, stated in part, “The dramatic growth of the music industry in Memphis has added a new dimension to the economy of this City and this area and has provided an additional outlet for talented performers, writers, producers, and others with creative and technical abilities. We expect this growth to continue in the City where W.C. Handy first wrote the blues, where Elvis Presley launched a new era in contemporary music, and where many others in the music field have found an opportunity to build their careers. I hope you will find it possible to see some of the many attractions Memphis has to offer.”

Offered is a collection of ephemera documenting this historic night in the Memphis music industry that includes a complete copy of this rare program and nine (9) original black-and-white photos documenting some of the industry leaders attending that evening. Several of the images capture Sam Phillips along with Vernon Presley accepting an award, Duck Dunn (bass player at Stax) and others. Seven (7) of these nine news service photos contain a black stamp on the reverse reading “Super-Pix Studio / 458-7065 / 612 S. Highland - Memphis” and each measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm). The special LP program with over 20 interior pages that was distributed on this one night only measures 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches (31.75 x 31.75 cm). This amazing grouping emanates from the Marty Lacker collection and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photos are in excellent condition overall with some minor edge wear.
Group of 9 Original News Service Photos from the 1971 Memphis Music Awards Show and Complementary LP with Unique Sleeve – From the Marty Lacker Collection
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $343.75
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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