One of three Elvis Presley Sun Records master recordings from 1954, along with other Elvis items, will be auctioned on September 29

Articles relating to Elvis Presley’s early career at Sun Records: two acetate discs and a photo signed by the “Million Dollar Quartet” – Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis – and inscribed in the employee’s name from Sun Records, Marion Keisker MacInnes.

Elvis Presley, then a soldier, in 1960 at a press conference in Germany, saluting Marion Keisker MacInnes, an Air Force captain who earlier at Sun Records helped launch Elvis' career.

Elvis Presley, then a soldier, in 1960 at a press conference in Germany, saluting Marion Keisker MacInnes, an Air Force captain who earlier at Sun Records helped launch Elvis’ career.

A debut acetate recording of Blue Suede Shoes, along with a large autographed and autographed photo of the “Million Dollar Quartet” will also be offered, online only.

LYNBROOK, NY, USA, Aug. 29, 2022 / — Rock ‘n’ roll history goes up for auction on Thursday, September 29, when three first Elvis Presley-related items – including one of three original master recordings from his very first recording session in 1954 for Sun Records – will be offered through Weiss Auctions. Music will be a key part of the iconic and eclectic 500-lot online-only auction.

The acetate recording, with That’s All Right on one side and Blue Moon of Kentucky on the other, is considered one of the true elements of rock’s holy grail, as it was the record that launched his career. of Elvis and forever changed American popular music. John Lennon once said, “Before Elvis, there was nothing. Three acetates were cut during this first session; one of the three will make an offer.

An acetate recording of Blue Suede Shoes will also be sold, also featuring Elvis on vocals. The song would become a huge hit in 1955 for Carl Perkins, before Presley recorded his own version the following year. Both records topped the charts. Elvis ordered a real pair of blue suede shoes and wore them when he performed the song. The shoes were sold at auction in 2013 for $80,000.

The Third Element is a large version of the famous photo showing the four members of the “Million Dollar Quartet” – Presley, Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis – signed and dedicated by all four to Marion Keisker MacInnes, who worked at Sun Records and was a key contributor to Elvis’ early development. The photograph was taken at the Sun Records studio in Memphis.

Additional items from Ms. Kesiker MacInnes’ Sun Records memorabilia collection will also be on sale, along with other music industry items, including an autographed Beatles photo, signed by all four band members; a ticket to the Beatles concert at RFK Stadium in August 1966; and an archive of material relating to Barbra Streisand, including letters, postcards and records.

That’s All Right and Blue Moon of Kentucky were not the very first songs Presley recorded at Sun Records. On Saturday, July 18, 1953, then 18, he strolled into the studio (at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis) at lunchtime and dropped four dollars to create an acetate record as a belated birthday present for his mother, Gladys. Marion Keisker MacInnes met him at the door.

Marion asked him, “What kind of singer are you? Presley replied, “I sing all kinds.” She asked, “Who do you look like?” To which he replied, “I don’t look like anyone.” He went on to record two songs – My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (the latter song being an eventual hit record). Marion, impressed, writes in her studio records: “Good ballad singer. Hold.”

A full year would pass between this session and the one that produced That’s All Right and Blue Moon of Kentucky. According to Ms Keisker MacInnes, Sam Phillips, her boss at Sun Records and the owner of the fledgling studio, told her he was looking for an artist who was “white but sounded black” for a song he had in mind called Without You. . It was Marion who suggested Elvis Presley.

They called him in for a jam session with two other musicians: guitarist Scotty Moore (who became Elvis’ first manager) and bassist Bill Black. A few hours into the jam, Phillips was unimpressed and suggested wrapping it up. Elvis, on a whim, grabbed his guitar and started singing That’s All Right (originally done by blues singer Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup).

But Elvis, who was loose and relaxed at the time, thinking the jam was essentially over, gave the song its own spin, injecting a bright, melodic feel into what was a traditional blues number. Sam Phillips, sensing something special was happening, stopped the band mid-verse, told them to start over, and hit the record button on his tape recorder. Thus, rock ‘n’ roll history was written.

For the “B” side of the record, once again, it was Elvis to the rescue. From his nights listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio, Presley was a fan of bluegrass band Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys (a far cry from Crudup’s That’s All Right). He suggested Blue Moon of Kentucky, only instead of a waltz tempo he hit it up to 4/4 time. Phillips loved it and a “B” side was born.

Phillips, wasting no time, sent a reference record to Memphis’ top DJ, Dewey Phillips (no relation to Sam), who played it on his “Red, Hot and Blue” show. The station’s switchboard lit up with callers who wanted more of Elvis, and based on that record, particularly That’s All Right, the band (who had never appeared in public) was booked at the Bon Air Club of Memphis.

Soon after, Presley was added to the bottom of a bill headlined by Slim Whitman on Memphis DJ Bob Neal’s “Folk Music Show” at the Overton Park Shell. A flurry of publicity ensued, crowned by a photo and an article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Soon Elvis Presley’s name was known to everyone in Memphis and eventually the country and the world.

Meanwhile, Marion Keisker MacInnes, who helped guide Sun Records in all aspects of its creative and business direction, and who played a pivotal role in helping to market and promote Elvis Presley and the musical vision he represented , fell out with Sam. Phillips and she left the company to join the Air Force in 1957. She was offered a direct commission as a captain.

While stationed in Germany, Keisker MacInnes was appointed commander of the largest armed forces television installation in the world. In 1960, then-Army soldier Elvis Presley was in Germany for a press conference when he spotted Captain Keisker MacInnes. Stopping to say hello, he said, “I don’t know if I should kiss you or greet you.” Curtly, she replied, “Both – in that order.”

Remarkably, a senior officer began to berate her for being too friendly with a lowly soldier, but Elvis came to her defense saying, “We wouldn’t have a press conference without that lady.” Presley and Phillips publicly expressed their gratitude to Marion Keisker MacInnes. Elvis has said more than once that she was a pivotal figure in his career; Philips has repeatedly said that he couldn’t have done it without her.

As for this 1953 acetate recording, which Elvis made for his mother as a birthday present, the disc was auctioned in 2015, at Graceland. Rock musician and Nashville recording studio owner Jack White paid him $300,000. The seller was the family of Ed Leek, a classmate of Presley’s who had given Elvis the money to make the record. Presley then gave the disc to Leek.

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