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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
A Wm. Len Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee envelope with corresponding sheet of note paper, the envelope signed and inscribed in pencil Elvis Presley, singer at Sun, the reverse of the envelope inscribed in pencil in an unknown hand with the place the signature was obtained corner of Main & Monroe, the date 9-26-54 and an explanation as to the signee new singing star from Sun Records -- 3¾x6½in. (9.5x16.5cm.)
CARR, Roy & FARREN, Mick Elvis, The Complete Illustrated Record, London: Eel Pie Publishing, 1982, p.16
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Presley's first single on the Sun label That's All Right (Mama)/Blue Moon Of Kentucky was recorded in early July, 1954. On 10th July, Sam Phillips, feeling he had come across something important, took acetates of both recordings to the Red, Hot And Blue show at WHBQ radio. After That's All Right had been aired by his brother, DJ Dewey Phillips, the switchboard was apparently jammed with callers requesting the song to be played again, and a week later, Sun had received 7000 advance orders. The single was finally released on 19th July, 1954.


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