The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Founded in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry is a stage show that began as a barn dance style one-hour program broadcast on radio station WSM. Still broadcast today, this is the longest running show in US radio history. It was in 1939 that the show’s growing popularity pushed it to be broadcast nationally on NBC radio and it continued on NBC until 1956. Based in Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry has helped crown Nashville as the home of country music. On October 2, 1954, Elvis appeared for his now-historic first performance on the Grand Ole Opry. He was only warmly received by the audience prompting Sam Phillips to book Elvis on the competing program The Louisiana Hayride. It was this appearance that was the turning point in Elvis’ musical career. Offered is a Grand Ole Opry concert program that features Elvis Presley. The biography for Elvis in this program describes him thus: “The fabulous new singing sensation, Elvis Presley, who combines country music with bop, has accumulated a fantastic fan following in both the ‘pop’ and folk field. In a matter of weeks he became one of the best-selling artists on RCA Victor label, and one of the most-talked-about young entertainers in show business in a decade.” This glowing description dates this program to mid/late 1956. In 1954, Scotty, Elvis and Bill Black formed the Blue Moon Boys and start touring. DJ Fontana joined the band as drummer in August 1955 during The Louisiana Hayride and they continued to perform together through 1958. The offered program, signed by Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana on the back cover, comes with a ticket stub and period newspaper ads. The ticket stub, measuring 2 by 2 1/4 inches (5.08 x 5.71 cm), is numbered “2182” and the pair of newspaper advertisements, one featuring a black-and-white image of Elvis, promote the April 12th 7 and 9 p.m. shows at the Armory. The reverse of one bears the handwritten notation, “4/8/56.” This Grand Ole Opry souvenir program from early in Elvis’ career, signed by Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The program is in Excellent condition overall with only minor toning around the edges.
1956 <em>Grand Ole Opry</em> Concert Program Featuring Elvis Presley – Signed by Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana – with Ticket Stub and Period Newspaper Ads (2)
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $400.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $625.00
Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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