The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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In January of 1969, Elvis was cajoled by Marty Lacker, George Klein and Felton Jarvis to agree to a recording session at Chips Moman’s American Sound Studio in Memphis. Lincoln “Chips” Moman, one of the founders of Stax Records who produced over 150 hit records from his small, fairly new studio, postponed a pre-arranged session with Neil Diamond to record with Elvis in his studio upon the last-minute request. These American Sound Studio sessions would be some of the most pivotal in Elvis’ career and would mark the turning point in Elvis’ re-creation of himself. He not only agreed to the sessions without the Colonel’s initial approval, but he rejected most of the Hill & Range songs the Colonel provided for the sessions, choosing instead to record tunes from a wider range of sources. Elvis also recorded with the studio band that included guitarist Reggie Young, bassists Tommy Cogbill and Mike Leech, Gene Christman on drums and Bobby Wood and Bobby Emmons on keyboard. Chips kept only the key people in the studio, asking all others to leave helping the focus to remain on creating strong and solid music. These 12 days spent in the studio produced 36 songs, with 4 becoming singles (2 included on the offered acetate) and material for several important albums. The music recorded in these sessions was some of the strongest material Elvis had recorded in years and even Elvis himself believed to be some of his best ever. Elvis and Chips Moman were interviewed for the Memphis Commercial Appeal during which Elvis said, “We have some hits, don’t we, Chips?” “Maybe some of your biggest,” Chips replied. This would certainly turn out to be true. The American Sound Studio sessions came at a turning point for Elvis’ career and provided the triumph he needed to reestablish his musical dominance.

Offered is an acetate that includes nine (9) songs recorded by Elvis during those sessions. The songs on side 1 of the acetate, which has a running time of 14:58, include:

“Kentucky Rain” released in 1970 on the album On Stage; “Do You Know Who I Am?” released in 1969 on the album From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis; “My Little Friend” released in 1969 on the album From Elvis in Memphis; “Mama Liked the Roses” released in 1969 from the album From Elvis in Memphis; and “Who Am I?” released in 1960 on the album His Hand in Mine

The songs on side 2 of the acetate, which has a running time of 13:39, include:

“The Fair’s Moving On” released in 1969 on the album From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis; “I’m a Fool for Loving You” released in 1970 on the album Let’s Be Friends; “Suspicious Minds” released in 1969 on the album From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis; and “Hey Jude” released in 1972 on the album Elvis Now

The label on this treasured acetate reads “RCA CUSTOM RECORDS / Elvis Presley / Speed 33 1/3 / Stereo / Side No. 1.” Handwritten above Elvis’ typed name is “July 4th.” The reverse reads the same except for “Side No. 2” and without the handwritten date notation. The recordings play clearly with the typical pops, minor skips and crackles one would expect in an original acetate. This important acetate measures 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The acetate presents in playable condition, but with expected scuffing and scratching on the surface and the label areas. Excellent condition.
1969 RCA Custom Records Double Sided Acetate with Nine Different Songs - Including "Suspicious Minds," "Kentucky Rain" and "Hey Jude"
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,375.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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