The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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From the Bill Porter Collection

Please Note: All Elvis Presley signatures on the included documents are secretarial.

On June 13, 1974 Elvis left Graceland to embark on his third concert tour series of that year. He began the tour in Texas on Saturday June 15th and ended in Utah on July 2nd. The 18-day tour grossed over $3 million and newspaper reviews told stories of fans ecstatic with adoration for their idol and unhinged, clambering to get on the stage just to have the chance to touch him. Elvis delighted and wooed audiences throughout the South, Midwest, East Coast and more as he traveled the nation performing to audiences that packed event centers and screamed with devotion.

In March 1974, Elvis tours from the first of the month through the 20th, playing 25 concerts in 7 states and ending with a fifth concert at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis. The fifth concert was added after the first four sold out immediately. This was the first time that Elvis has performed in his hometown since 1961, and he declares on stage “Hello, Memphis. It’s good to be home.” The Colonel has RCA record the last show as a live homecoming album. The tour grosses over two million dollars, with Elvis taking home just under $800,000 and the Colonel pocketing an amount equal to half that.

Elvis' other 1974 tours put "The Elvis Presley Show" on the road in May, August, September and October. It was more than obvious that wherever he went, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll still reigned supreme in the hearts of fans. Offered is a grouping of significant tour related documents, emanating from the collection of sound engineer Bill Porter, that includes:

  • May 21, 1974 “Letter of Agreement” to Bill Porter signed by “Elvis Presley” that states, “This ‘Letter of Agreement’ sets forth the terms and conditions of the Elvis Presley Show for your services on the forthcoming activity: / ELVIS PRESLEY SHOW TOUR / Starting Saturday, June 15th, through and including Tuesday, July 2, 1974 for a period of eighteen (18) days. We will make payment of Two Hundred Dollars per day and will provide transportation and hotel room. The total payment for the eighteen days will be $3,600.00 (Three Thousand, Six Hundred Dollars). Your signature below is your acknowledgment of and agreement to the terms and conditions set forth in this ‘Letter of Agreement’.” The contact has a bold, black signature of “Elvis Presley” and a blue ink signature of “Bill Porter” with a handwritten update to Bill’s address;
  • The six-page (6) detailed “Schedule for Show Members” that includes specific times for departures, arrivals, hotels, building and show times. The second page includes handwritten notations in the margin; 
  • A duplicate of first page of the “Schedule for Show Members”;
  • Typed memo on smaller sheet, stamped June 8, 1974, that states, “Holiday Airlines show plane will leave Las Vegas from the Hughes executive terminal on Friday June 14th, 1974. We will board at 7:30 P.M. / NOTE: Only standard size luggage will be carried on the tour. No footlockers or trunks will be carried. / Rehearsal for musicians will be held on Saturday morning in Fort Worth. The bus will leave the hotel for the rehearsal at 10:00 A.M.”;
  • Typed “Elvis Presley Show / June 1974 Tour” schedule listing days, dates, city, state and show times for each concert on the June/July tour with a note along the bottom indicating that doors open 1 1/2 hours before show time;
  • The two-page (2) typed hotel list for the tour containing the addresses and phone numbers for hotels in 15 different cities; and
  • July 2, 1974 letter copy addressed to “Dear Friend” from Elvis and the Colonel that reads, “Again we want to thank you for giving the best of your talents and your full cooperation during this tour. We always have many, many compliments from building personnel, writers, and those attending the shows for the great family spirit and totally professional attitude of everyone connected with the show. We sincerely appreciate this and want you to know that you have played an important part in the success of these shows.”
  • Bill Porter's Contract for October 11-14, 1974 concert tour - secretarial Elvis Presley signature - and cover letter (2 items)
  • Pair of Bill Porter's Contracts for September 27 - October  9, 1974 concert tour - secretarial Elvis Presley signatures - with tour show schedules and correspondence (12 items)
  • Bill Porter's Contract for August 18 - September 2, 1974 Las Vegas concerts - secretarial Elvis Presley signature - plus "Elvis Las Vegas Song Lineup 8/74" set list (2 items);
  • Bill Porter's Contract for March 3-20, 1974 concert tour - secretarial Elvis Presley signature - plus cover letter, tour schedules, luggage tag and copy of Alabama Governor George Wallace's "Elvis Presley Week" Proclamation from March 3-9, 1974 (13 items).

This grouping of documents pertaining to Elvis' 1974 tours including agreements, schedules, and especially the letters of thanks provide a great glimpse into the organization and spirit of camaraderie displayed among the members of his tours. All documents measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) with a few smaller measuring 4 by 8 1/2 inches (10.16 x 21.59 cm). The collection of documents is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The documents present with few, if any, significant defects and have been meticulously well-preserved. Only original mailing folds and the occasional wrinkle belie their age. Near Mint condition overall, with some lesser.
1974 “Elvis Presley Show” Concert Tours Related Contracts, Set Lists, Schedules, Documents and Correspondence from Elvis Presley’s Concert Sound Engineer Bill Porter (More than 40 Items!!)*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,125.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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