The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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PLEASE NOTE: This acetate is recorded at 33 1/3 RPM speed.

Released by 20th Century Fox in November of 1956, Love Me Tender was Elvis’ movie debut. This western-themed musical was originally titled The Reno Brothers, but was renamed after Elvis’ hit single “Love Me Tender” reached over one million in advance sales. Love Me Tender was the only film in which Elvis appeared and was not given top billing, but was also widely regarded as his best performance. Elvis, who desperately wanted to be taken seriously as an actor, would go on to make over 25 movies. Love Me Tender was a fairly straightforward western tale with some nice plot twists and some songs thrown in for good measure. The Civil War era period film cost just shy of $1 million to make; however, all of these costs were recouped within just three days of the movie’s release. Elvis’ song “Love Me Tender” was released by RCA Victor in September 1956 after being recorded in the 20th Century Fox studios that August. The film’s release under the same name was intended to capitalize on the success of the song. The song itself was written by Ken Darby and published by Elvis Presley Music. Offered is the 20th Centurty Fox, double-sided acetate for the soundtrack songs “Love Me Tender” and “Poor Boy.” The 20 Century Fox Beverly Hills, California label contains the typed time, speed, D.S., title, artist and picture information on both sides with “Love Me Tender” listed by the artist “E. Presley, Orch” from the picture “Love Me Tender” and “Poor Boy” listed by the artist “Presley, Orch.” from the picture “Reno Brothers.” Only four songs were used in the film and released on the mini-album LP in November 1956 by RCA. This incredible relic from those recordings at 20th Century Fox for the film measures 7 inches (17.78 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The acetate is in excellent condition overall with only minor wear to the edges of the label.
1956 “20th Century Fox” 7-Inch Double-Sided Acetate with Songs “Love Me Tender” and “Poor Boy” from Elvis Presley’s Film <em>Love Me Tender</em>
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $937.50
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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