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Lot 39: 1955 Earliest Known Elvis Presley Press Release from both Colonel Parker and Bob Neal - In Beautiful Framed Display
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
The framed display features the earliest known press release for Elvis Presley on Jamboree Attractions letterhead. This press release template lists Bob Neal as Personal Management and describes Elvis as "the 20-year old fireball from the Louisiana Hayride." This release was issued when Elvis was still on the Sun record label. It is framed with several pictures of Elvis, including Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker, Bob Neal and Sam Phillips, and a plaque that states:
Elvis Presley's 1955 Earliest Known Press Release. Colonel Tom Parker, then manager for Hank Snow and a partner in Jamboree Attractions, ran into the Memphis Flash, Elvis Presley, on January 15, 1955. The Colonel saw his future meal ticket and promised his partner, Snow, that they would land this new sensation. However, by year's end, Col. Parker had removed Snow from the picture, forged a new partnership with Bob Neal, then Elvis' manager, which lasted less than six months. And on November 21, 1955 Col. Tom Parker would be in sole control of America's soon-to-be-biggest entertainment icon. This incredibly rare Jamboree Attractions press release, which lists Bob Neal still acting as Personal Management for Elvis, was created on February 3, 1955. This is the earliest known press release for the future King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The display measures approximately 25 1/4 by 35 1/4 inches (64.13 x 89.53 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The press release is in Excellent condition with one minor area of foxing.