The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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At the behest of Felton Jarvis, George Klein and Marty Lacker, Elvis agrees to studio sessions at American Sound Studio since it’s close to his home of Memphis. On January 13, 1969, Elvis walks into American Sound Studio, run by Chips Moman, one of the founders of Stax. Elvis had not only agreed to the sessions without the Colonel’s initial approval, but he rejected most of the Hill & Range songs the Colonel provided for the sessions, choosing instead to record tunes from a wider range of sources. One exception was a song good friend and H&R employee Lamar Fike suggested, which was a song by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard called “Kentucky Rain.” During that 12-day session, Elvis recorded with the studio band that included guitarist Reggie Young, bassists Tommy Cogbill and Mike Leech, Gene Christman on drums and Bobby Wood and Bobby Emmons on keyboard. Chips kept only the key people in the studio, asking all others to leave helping the focus to remain on creating strong and solid music. In fact, the 36 songs that were produced during these sessions are considered some of Elvis’ best material. Elvis and Chips Moman were interviewed for the Memphis Commercial Appeal during which Elvis said, “We have some hits, don’t we, Chips?” “Maybe some of your biggest,” Chips replied. This would certainly turn out to be true. 

Offered is an RCA Custom Records double-sided acetate that includes eleven (11) songs recorded by Elvis during those sessions. Side 1 includes “True Love Travels on a Gravel Road,” “Stranger in My Own Home Town,” “Who Am I,” “Memories,” “The Fair is Moving On,” and “If I’m a Fool,” with side 2 containing “Kentucky Rain,” “Do You Know Who I Am,” “After Loving You,” “Power of My Love” and “Grass Won’t Pay No Mind.” The red-and-white RCA Custom Records labels contain the typed information ”Elvis Presley / 33 1/3 / Mono” on each side with “Side One” and “Side Two” handwritten in light blue ink on each side respectively. In addition, the songs contained on each side are handwritten in dark blue ink. These recording sessions produced four hit singles with three achieving Gold status and two Platinum albums. Elvis’ first time hitting the top five in the charts since 1965 and the last time he would get as high on the charts again. A magical moment recorded in its pure form on this acetate that measures 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The labels of the acetate are in excellent condition with overall discoloration from the original adhesive. The acetate is in good condition with minor scuffs and scratches to the surface, one long scratch/scuff to side two and some wear to the edge with one tiny nick.
1969 RCA Custom Records Double-Sided 33 1/3 RPM Acetate with Eleven Songs from Elvis Presley’s Legendary American Sound Studio Sessions with “Kentucky Rain” and “Memories”
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,125.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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