The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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While Elvis’ focus was on his movie career in the 1960s, this also meant spending much time in the studio recording the soundtracks for the films that were musical box office smashes. In July and August 1963, Elvis spent time in both the Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood and the MGM soundstage recording the music for one of his best acclaimed films, Viva Las Vegas (1964). Later that same year in September and October, Elvis was in RCA Studio B in Nashville and the MGM Studio to record the tracks for the Kissin’ Cousins (1964) movie soundtrack. Elvis was on a roll in the mid-60s shooting films and recording, and the work continued in the Radio Recorders Hollywood studio in June 1964 for his role in Girl Happy (1965). The same studio hosted Elvis again in February 1966 to record the tracks for Spinout (1966) with the offered instrumental for the opening film credits recorded at the MGM Studio. Elvis was in these recording studios many times in between those mentioned, as his film soundtrack discography was prolific during this period. As was typical of the time, tracks were not always recorded with instrumentals and vocals together; oftentimes these tracks were done separately. Offered is a collection that exemplifies this method, with instrumental-only acetates that include:

  • Two Audiodisc 78 RPM “Radio Recorders” single-sided acetates, one with Take 4 and Take 6 of “Today, Tomorrow and Forever” from Viva Las Vegas, no vocals;
  • Three Audiodisc 78 RPM “Universal and Radio Recorders” acetates from the Girl Happy soundtrack, one single-sided with Take 8 of “Wolf Call,” one double-sided with Take 1 and Take 2 of “I Gotta Find My Baby,” and one double-sided with Take 5 and Take 7 of “Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce”;
  • One “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer” 78 RPM double-sided acetate with two takes of “Bivouac,” an instrumental used during the opening credits of Spinout; and
  • One “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer” 78 RPM double-sided acetate with “Fall in Love With You” and “Barefoot Ballad” from Kissin’ Cousins.

An ideal grouping representing an “instrumental” part of the process of creating a soundtrack album. The acetates each measure 10 inches (25.4 cm) in diameter and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

All the records present in playable condition with only minor defects such as a few scuffs and scratches. Some labels have marks and scuffs. Excellent condition, with some better.
Group of Seven Elvis Presley Movie Soundtrack Acetates – All Instrumentals without Vocals – From <em>Viva Las Vegas</em>, <em>Girl Happy</em>, <em>Kissin Cousins</em> and <em>Spinout</em>
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,000.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 22
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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