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

His sixteenth concert tour of the 1970s and his second for 1975 began in May 30th just three weeks after Elvis’ first tour ended. The haste of beginning this tour so soon after the last was in part because of Elvis’ spending, but also as a result of the Colonel’s gambling. Having slimmed down, Elvis began wearing his famous jumpsuits again and debuted four new pieces during the five-day kickoff tour in Huntsville, Alabama. Elvis also promoted his new album release Today and the single release “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” like he had never before on this tour. The album consisted of ten songs from the recording sessions he did that March. Soundboard recordings from this tour would later appear on the 1980 release Elvis Aron Presley (The Silver Box) that had been edited together to sound like a complete show. Significantly, the soundboard work, as usual, was done by Elvis’ sound engineer, Bill Porter, and offered is a grouping of tour documents, emanating from the collection of sound engineer Bill Porter, that includes:

  • May 21, 1975 cover letter from Tom Diskin addressed to “Dear Friends” enclosing the Huntsville rehearsal information and hotel lists for the tour with special instructions for the air travel, baggage and equipment handling and a post script regarding return tickets from Memphis to Los Angeles/Las Vegas on the tour along with the departure and arrival times;
  • The hotel list for the tour containing the addresses and phone numbers for hotels in eight different cities with a handwritten notation in the margin;
  • The four-page (4) detailed “Schedule for Show Members” that includes specific times for departures, arrivals, hotels, building and show times. Two of the pages include handwritten notations; and
  • The official double-sided “Elvis In Concert / In Association With RCA Record Tours/ Management Three” tour schedule listing days, dates, cities, states and show times for each concert on the May/June tour with a plug for the Summer Festival at the bottom. 

This grouping of documents, coming from the Bill Porter collection, recalls the significant contribution of this tour member to Elvis’ success on the road. All documents measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) with one larger measuring 14 by 8 1/2 inches (35.56 x 21.59 cm). The collection of seven (7) documents is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The documents present with few, if any, significant defects and have been meticulously well-preserved. Only original mailing folds and the occasional wrinkle belie their age. Near Mint condition overall, with some lesser.
June 1975 “Elvis Presley Show” Tour Related Schedules, Documents and Correspondence from Elvis Presley’s Concert Sound Engineer Bill Porter (7 Pieces)*
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Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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