The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
From the Family of Scotty Moore
Scotty shared a special relationship with Elvis, first recording with him in Sun Studios in 1954. Elvis, Scotty, Bill Black and DJ Fontana formed the band known as the Blue Moon Boys. At the beginning of Elvis’ career, Scotty served as his first manager and played guitar on most of Elvis’ famous early recordings. Scotty also appeared in three of Elvis’ films before going his separate way after a dispute over wages. This incredible early black-and-white photograph captures a spontaneous moment between Elvis and Scotty where Scotty pauses from playing his guitar to glance up at Elvis, who is gazing at sheet music he is holding while rehearsing. The photo was most likely taken in September 1956 at Radio Recorders Studio in California based on two factors: the acoustic wall tiles are very similar to those at Radio Recorders, and other dated images from the session show Elvis wearing a shirt very similar, if not identical, to the one he is wearing in this shot. The three-day recording session covered many songs inlcuding "Long Tall Sally," "Old Shep," "Ready Teddy" and "Rip it Up." This small snapshot, emanating directly from the family of Scotty Moore, has white top and bottom borders, measures 3 1/2 by 2 3/8 inches (8.89 x 6.03 cm), and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
This special photograph is in excellent condition overall, with slight surface scratching to the right of Elvis’ head and pink lipstick kiss marks on the bottom reverse.