Thursday, May 27, 2021

May 27 - Vinyl and Treasures From The King and Queen

Memphis Recording Service delivered the LP 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969 - 1970' to the first dealers. 

This limited edition album comes on clear and on black vinyl and focuses on Elvis' first two engagements at the Las Vegas Hilton in August 1969 and January to February 1970.

Return To The Queen City of The South

The Audionics import-release 'Return To The Queen City of The South' was released. 

This 3-CD digi-pack contains audience recordings of the March 20th 1976 Evening Show performance and the February 20th 1977 Evening Show performance and various bonus tracks taped in February - June 1977, all recorded in Charlotte. 


Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the Dutch Troskompas TV Guide with inside an article on his films entitled '31 Film in 14 Jaar: Elvis Presley - Op Het Witte Doek' ('31 Films in 14 Year: Elvis Presley - On The White Screen').

Volume 51 of the Vintage Rock Magazine features the 4-page article 'A Star Was Born' on the 50th anniversary of the opening the Elvis' Birth-house inTupelo. 

On Stage

Music On Vinyl released 'Elvis On Stage' as a limited edition of 2,500 copies on red vinyl earlier this year. On July 9th 2021 the label will re-issue that set on 180 Gr. black vinyl.

In Person 

The Follow That Dream collectors label released a second print of the Classic Album editions of 'In Person At The International Hotel, Las Vegas'  (2008), a third pressing of 'Elvis Country' (2008) and a second pressing of 'Promised Land' (2011). Design and content is the same as the first print. 

Auction Results

The Rockhurst 'Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana' auction from May 27th 2021 featured around 100 Elvis Presley items. 

The highest selling item was  one of the earliest made "TCB" Grand Prix Sunglasses" that once belonged to Elvis. with an estimate between US$15,000 - US$20,000 the glasses sold for US$$126,500. 

"Elvis wanted a personalized version of the aviator sunglasses and asked Dennis Roberts. Dennis Roberts made various prototypes and a few TCB lgoo designs . This pair was one of the first made for Elvis. The glasses were still too heavy when wearing it for a longer period, and it left red spots on the nose. This pair was given to me." - Lamar Fike.

The runner-up was an Elvis owned and worn “TCB” gold and diamond ring with an open design that was never seen before.  It sold for US$43,125, just below the max of the estimate of US$45,000. 

A lot of jewelry and gold record awards (for 'Suspicious Minds', 'Aloha From Hawaii' and 'I Can't Help Falling In Love' ) sold, but concert recordings, clothes, a 1970 Martin D-18 Guitar given by Elvis to Charlie Hodge and also his childhood home from 1241 Kelly St. in East Tupleo, Mississippi (completely taken down) did not sell. 

(Source: ElvisMatters / Memphis Mansion / Facebook / Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis On CD / Rockhurst)