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Lot 116: 1969 Felton Jarvis Show Outline and Song List for Elvis Presley's 1969 International Hotel Engagement
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Felton Jarvis was Elvis' producer from 1966 to 1977, and in 1970 started working exclusively for Elvis doing his studio and live concert recordings. The offered three-page plan for the "Elvis Presley Show" at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1969 was typed by Felton Jarvis as dictated by Elvis. The first page is titled "Elvis Presley Show - International Hotel / Elvis Presley Portion of Show - Entrance and Close" and states in all caps:
Upon completion of Sammy Shore Act he bows off to house band music. Music continues - curtain closes - house band is rolled back - though music continues - behind closed curtains Elvis musician's platform rolled on to stage with amplified instruments plugged in and already warmed up - piano moved in and sing groups following immediately after platform positioning - during this time house band continues with music until Elvis' entire group is in position then.....
Into house band introduction of Blue Suede Shoes and Elvis will either be in position in front of his group before the curtain opens - or - he may start song off stage and walk on performing song using traveling mike.
Closing song by Elvis ended with final gesture - upon which all lights down - band silent - and for about five seconds or whatever time needed for Elvis to exit stage - - - - these alldone [sic] with dramatic abruptness - - then lights up - band hits closing chord - curtain closes - the end.
This detailed description comes with the typed show lineup which includes: 1. Musical opening, 2. Introduction of Sweet Inspirations, 3. Sweet Inspirations, 4. Bow off of Sweet Inspirations, 5. Introduction of Sammy Shore, 6. Sammy Shore, 7. Bow off of Sammy Shore, and 8. Elvis Presley. The last sheet of the program lists 13 songs with a medley of five songs between songs #4 ("Love Me Tender") and #5 ("Memories" or "Can't Help Falling in Love").
This incredibly rare glimpse into the exacting choreography of Elvis' shows emanates directly from the Felton Jarvis collection and is offered with a certificate from Tony Frost, Felton Jarvis' nephew, describing the documents and how they came to be owned by him. The "Entrance and Close" document measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) while the other two documents measure 14 by 8 1/2 inches (35.56 x 21.59 cm), and all three are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The documents have multiple center creases, some discoloration from age and staple holes along each page, otherwise in excellent condition overall.