The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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In late August 1955 Elvis began a week-long tour with Louisiana Hayride artists, including Johnny Horton, Betty Amos, David Houston, Dalton & Lulu Jo, Sonny Crammer, Ray Gallman, Tillman Franks and Willie Birdbrain. The tour took them on multiple stops in Texas including Wichita Falls, Bryan, Conroe, Austin and Gonzales and ended back at the Louisiana Hayride in Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport on August 27th. Elvis spent much of his time in August performing to audiences in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi while releasing his last single with Sun Records, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget / Mystery Train” (Sun 223). 

On August 25, 1955, Elvis appeared with Bill, Scotty and DJ at the Sportcenter in Austin, Texas as part of this Louisiana Hayride week-long tour. DJ Fontana had just started touring regularly with the band and the guys were covering his pay until he was officially added to the payroll that December. The American Statesman published an article entitled “Chance Record Gives Presley Start to Top” in which Elvis’ ascent is described thus:

Elvis Presley, a young man whose boppish approach to hillbilly music has made him one of the hottest performers of the day, will be headlining a troupe of Louisiana Hayride stars when they stage a Western music jamboree Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Sportcenter. Appearing with Presley will be guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, his recording partners, plus a dozen or so headliners from the nationally famed Louisiana Hayride show in Shreveport. ... During his comparatively short career in the music world, young Presley, the star of the show, has made a spectacular climb to nationwide popularity. About a year ago, Presley, Moore and Black were teaming up to make a personal record when they were accidentally heard by a recording manager. Impressed by the rocking style of Presley and his friends, the manager contracted the group to make a pressing whose immediate success started the 20-year-old Presley on the way to his present position of prominence.

Another Austin article covering that August 25th performance also touts Elvis’ rise to stardom: 

About a year ago, a young amateur singer and a couple of his musician friends decided to make a record—mainly for their own amusement. But while they were busy recording it their efforts were accidentally heard by a recording manager who, impressed with the singers’ rhythmic style, offered the boys a recording contract. The tune they made as a result of that chance meeting was “That’s All Right, Mama,” and the youthful singer with the bop-flavored style was, of course, Elvis Presley. Presley, who’ll be at the Sportcenter Thursday at 8 p.m. to headline a troupe of Louisiana Hayride stars during a big Western music show, has come quite a long way since that beginning. In fact, from that obscure start, he has come to be regarded as one of the hottest hillbilly performers of the day and also one of the most distinctive to be featured on a nationally known Louisiana Hayride since the late Hank Williams. 

The show itself was described in a review stating, “The stage was low, and when Elvis began his portion of the show, teenagers got out of their chairs and rushed up front to sit on the floor. One song that Elvis sang on this date was "I Forgot To Remember To Forget". As soon as the show finished, teens scrambled on stage to get his autograph, at the same time pushing Elvis against the fake fence backdrop.”

Offered are two 35mm Kodachrome Transparencies, with “4925 - M1” printed in blue on the back of each. One shows Elvis in black shirt and purple striped tie holding his guitar with a cigar hanging from his mouth, and one shows the band on stage with Elvis front and center, strumming his guitar and singing in purple pants and lavender jacket, black shirt and white shoes. These color slides that capture moments in his early career in bright, bold color come with two modern prints of the images. The slides each measure 2 by 2 inches (5.08 x 5.08 cm) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. 

The slides are in excellent condition overall with typical edge wear and discoloration from age.
Pair of August 25, 1955 Kodak 35mm Color Slides of Elvis Presley in Concert at Austin, TX at the Sportcenter – Louisiana Hayride Tour
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $10,000.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 38
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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