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Lot 43: 1955 Hank Snow Souvenir Photo Album Featuring Young Elvis Presley - A Rare Early Survivor
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
In 1954, Hank Snow convinced the directors of the Grand Ole Opry to allow Elvis to appear as Snow's opening act. Snow introduced Elvis to Colonel Tom Parker and for a short period, served as part of his management team with Colonel Parker. Even before his relationship with Elvis, Hank Snow was known as the "Singing Ranger" and had a musical career of his own. This Hank Snow Show souvenir photo album with the Singing Ranger pictured on the cover and an image of Jimmie Rodgers Snow in the upper right was sold at performances in 1955. This souvenir picture album starts with a 2-page inspirational story of Hank Snow's rise to success from a harsh childhood in Canada and continues with large 1-page images and descriptions of the entertainers with whom he would perform. These included Faron Young, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, Wilburn Brothers, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Davis Sisters, Elvis Presley, and Slim Whitman. The last interior page credits Hank Snow All Star Jamboree, listing the artists, management, and Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill, while the back cover was open for autographs. The souvenir album was a show program designed to introduce the talents on the Hank Snow Show. The black-and-white album with color on the front and back covers has six double-sided pages, measures approximately 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The cover of the album has some minor staining on the upper edge, some wear to the stapled edge and minor foxing to the back cover.