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Likely the most important 78 mm record ever offered, this acetate was recorded by Elvis in 1953, possibly as a gift for his mother Gladys. Elvis walked into Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service (home of Sun Records) and paid the sum of $4 to record a belated birthday gift for his mother — his first ever recording. Elvis sang two songs: “My Happiness” (Side A), which is the only Elvis recording that exists of this song, and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (Side B). Legend has it that Elvis’ friend Ed Leek convinced and accompanied Elvis to the recording studio that fateful day. Elvis was greeted by Marion Keisker, assistant to Sam Philips, who asked Elvis who he sounded like and Elvis responded, “I don’t sound like nobody.” Little did she know at the time that he was absolutely right. In these two songs that Elvis chose to sing, Marion heard something different, enough to note Elvis’ name and telephone number and add that he was a good ballad singer. When Elvis left the studio that day, he and Ed stopped at Ed’s parents’ house to listen to the fresh recording, as they had a modern phonograph and Elvis wanted to hear how it sounded. Elvis left his friend’s house that day without the record and this acetate is being offered directly from a descendant of Ed Leek. The acetate has a label containing the titles of each song typed on the reverse of a Sun Record label. This historical 78 acetate was the beginning of a revolution in the music industry and the start of an iconic legend. In private hands since it was created, Elvis’ first recording documents the start of a musical sensation and is being offered for the first time since Elvis walked into that studio over 60 years ago. Accompanied by a notarized affidavit of authenticity from Marion Keisker. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. The acetate measures approximately 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter.

Condition: The acetate is in original condition and the record is playable in its raw condition. The plain labels are affixed to the vinyl with rubber cement. Each is worn with tears, and has a round indentation in the paper above a hole in the acetate-coated metal center section.
Elvis Presley’s First Recording Acetate, 1953
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $50,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $300,000.00
Estimate: $75,000 - $100,000
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Thursday, January 8, 2015.
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