Wednesday, November 24, 2021

November 24 - Auction Time For The Greatest

Gotta Have Rock and Roll will hold another 'Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction' from December 1 to 10, 2021. The eye-catcher for Elvis Presley fans is the Sun Records studio piano that was used at the famous “Million Dollar Quartet” session.

The second most historical item is Elvis Presley's third oldest Sun Records recording contract from 1954, signed by Elvis Presley and and Sam Phillips. Both items originate from the From the Sam Phillips Sun Records Collection.

Description: A vintage 1949 Wurlitzer spinet with a decade-long head-spinning “Sun Records who’s-who” on its discography. The "Million Dollar Quartet”, coined by Sam Phillips, refers to the legendary impromptu Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash 1956 recording session at the Studio. The estimate for this item is US$800,000 - US$1,000,000.

Description: An incredibly rare, historic contract, this is the Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips signed November 15, 1954 Sun Records recording contract - Elvis' third oldest recording contract with Sun Records. The contract has been beautifully signed by both black inkt. 

This Memphis Federation of Musicians contract between Elvis Presley and Sun Record Company, Inc. is for his recording of 'Good Rockin' Tonight' and 'Milkcow Blues Boogie'. The contract, which has been part of Sam Phillips personal collection since the day it was signed, also has resided at the venerable Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 35 years. The estimate for this item is US$100,000 - US$150,000.

Go the >>> Gotta Have Rock and Roll website for the catalogue.

The Elvis Presley Story

The second volume in 'The Elvis Presley Story' has been released. This volume with 4 CDs features chapters 5 to 8 from this legendary radio-special on Elvis' life and career as narrated by Wink Martindale. 

Billboard Greatest Artists of all Time

Billboard magazine released a list of their Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists list. 

The Beatles continue to hold the top position of the newly updated version of the list. They were followed by Madonna, with 38 Hot 100 top 10s, on the number 2 spot. She was closely followed by Elton John on #3, while Elvis Presley took the number 4 spot, followed by Mariah Carey on #5. 

Billboard notes the chart is based on performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 album chart in both charts’ entire histories. The “Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists” chart first launched in 2008 and was updated in 2013 and 2018. The Beatles have remained atop the chart since 2008 with 20 number one hits and 34 top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Billboard explained how the chart was put together in a statement. “Billboard‘s Greatest Of All-Time Hot 100 Songs and Artists rankings are based on weekly performance on the Hot 100 (from its inception on Aug. 4, 1958, through Nov. 6, 2021)," the magazine noted on its website. "Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates during various periods. Artists are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all their Hot 100 chart entries.”

(Source: Gotta Have Rock and Roll / Billboard)