The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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“Hard Headed Woman” was a song written by Claude Demetrius and published by Gladys Music, Elvis’ own publishing company. The song was part of the soundtrack for the film King Creole, and while it was included on the soundtrack album, RCA also released the song as a single with “Don’t Ask Me Why” on side B on June 10, 1958. RCA chose to use this tune as the single release from the movie rather than the title track. The song reached number one on the Billboard charts and was the first rock and roll single to be issued a Gold award by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The offered original framed white linen matte award displays a plaque, mounted beneath a gold single with orange label, that reads “Presented to ELVIS PRESLEY to commemorate the sale of more than one million copies of the RCA RECORDS pop single record ‘HARD HEADED WOMAN,’” all set against a white linen background. While the RIAA did certify the song in 1958, is currently understood that these white linen versions of the awards were first used in 1964. While topping the charts in the U.S., the song, with its references to biblical woman, was banned in the U.K. The award measures 17 by 13 1/4 inches (43.18 x 33.66 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The award shows only minor distresses to the frame. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley’s Very First RIAA Gold Record Award - For 1958 Single “Hard Headed Woman” - Early White Linen Matte Style
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,500.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 25
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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