I just got a fill page from the August 28, 1954 issue of Billboard Magazine. The C&W Chart for Memphis has one of the first appearances by Elvis, with Blue Moon of Kentucky at #3. Elvis’ last name is misspelled “Prisley”
There is also another Elvis related news item on the same page. It is mentioned in a news article that Colonel Tom Parker is currently completing negotiations to represent motion picture star John Carroll. I do not believe that an agreement was ever reached. Carroll had a long career stretching from 1929-1974.
The item from my Collecting Elvis Presley Memorabilia book that I wrote 12 years ago that I am most often asked about is the June 1954 Memphis Recording Service receipt made out to Elvis. Unfortunately, the short answer is that I know almost nothing about it. As was credited in the book, the receipt did not belong to me. I have never seen it in person. It was submitted for inclusion in the book. I have been accused of knowing what acetate the receipt was for and for some reason wanting to keep it to myself. (Not true) I have also been accused of creating the receipt myself. (Also not true) It has been called a fake. (I have no idea whether it is real or not. At the time that I included it in the book I had no reason to believe that it was not.) The only thing that I can say for sure is that the caption describing the receipt in the book was placed their in error. It definitely is not a receipt for a That’s Alright Mama acetate.
I recently bought a vintage fan made scrapbook that has a lot of interesting news clippings. I though that I would share a couple of them. One is a report of a boy who was electrocuted while bring to hang Elvis in effigy. The other is a story of a man who was arrested for trying to punch Elvis because his wife was carrying a picture of Elvis in her wallet.
The trailer for our upcoming Elvis Presley memorabilia book, Collecting Elvis Presley, has been released. Click here to go the the Collecting Elvis Presley site and view the trailer.