The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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1958 continued a streak of incredible years for Elvis Presley and RCA, which promoted its young star with gusto. By the end of 1956 alone, Elvis had sold more than 12 million records and had six number one songs on the charts, and he only continued to produce hit music for RCA. One of the many forms of promotions that RCA employed for Elvis was an RCA Victor Record Bulletin to update fans on the latest news and releases. The offered two-page, double-sided announcement has the RCA Victor logo in red across the top of the front of the first page and touts “Elvis! What more really needs to be said. This guy spells success from every which way and will be writing it in green with his newest release. DON’T is a slow ballad, but only in tempo. This love song is perfect for today’s teeners and they’ll be sighing and dancing to it in no time. Flipside, I BEG OF YOU, features that great rockin’ sound that has made Elvis tops in his field and is a number reminiscent of TEDDY BEAR. Both sides are going to go, go, sharpen those pencils and make room for the others!” The newsletter bulletin goes on to list 18 songs and their corresponding catalog number on the front of the first page, followed by 24 additional songs and catalog numbers as well as songs from two Elvis Presley EPs on the reverse. The second page contains the listing of songs from 11 additional EPs on the front with the reverse blank. 

This copy of the bulletin was sent by Elvis to Judy Spreckles, a friend of Elvis’ from early in his career whose friendship lasted for years, as evidenced by the included envelope, measuring 4 1/8 by 9 1/2 inches (10.47 x 24.13 cm), with handwritten address to Judy in Burbank, California and postmarked February 25, 58. Elvis met Judy Spreckles, the sugar heiress, in Las Vegas in 1956 when he was staying at the hotel in which she was residing at the time. Elvis’ celebrity was new when he asked her if a magazine title describing him as a hillbilly was accurate and she stated that he was a singer. The two became fast friends and confidants and she would often hang with the entourage before they earned the moniker the Memphis Mafia. The two stayed in touch for years and Elvis would often keep Judy apprised of his career progression. The bulletin, with a black-and-white image of the star, 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 bulletin is in excellent condition with three punch holes on the left side of each page, two center creases on each page where bulletin would be folded for mailing, and toning along the edges of both pages and along the creases of the second page. The envelope is in excellent condition overall with toning around the edges and a clean opening along the top edge that continues into the front top right edge where the envelope had been originally opened.
1958 Elvis Presley “RCA Record Bulletin” Newsletter Sent to Judy Spreckles with Original Envelope
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $437.50
Estimate: $500 - $800
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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