Each of these people played an important part in Elvis' career. Any Elvis collector would be wise to study these individuals and collect any item which might contain some connection to their relationship with The King.
Elvis most famous manager. If you have any document or a photo or other memorabilia of The Colonel, it is an Elvis collectable.
Elvis' second manager, before Colonel Tom. Hank was a great Country music star. Elvis recorded some of Hank's hits. Anything from 1955 and before that is a Hank memento, is very much Elvis related.
The great genius of recording engineers and label owners, Sam Phillips, owned Sun Records in Memphis, TN. Any photo or document with Sam's signature would be an Elvis collectable. Any Sun label record would have some kinship with Elvis, since Elvis was a fan of Sun Records artists even before he joined the label.Elvis' records on Sun are very highly prized and priced.
The first deejay (WHBQ Memphis) to play an Elvis record. Search for any item with a Dewey Phillips connection.
The great songwriters who penned many Elvis hits, including, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Loving You and King Creole. They wrote for many other artists including the Coasters.
Elvis' first manager, before Hank Snow and The Colonel. None of Elvis' managers was born in the United States.
An autographed something or other from Elvis' beautiful wife would certainly be collectable.
Elvis' daughter probably has signed a lot of receipts or marriage certificates or something for the collector.
Longtime friend of Elvis. He has autographed some of his books about The King.
He was the man who brought Elvis to RCA Records from Sun. He paid $35,000 for Sun Records plus about $5,000 for royalties owed to Elvis. Stephen produced Heartbreak Hotel ( with Chet Atkins ) and the recording of Jailhouse Rock.
A brilliant recording engineer with whom I once recorded. Bill Porter produced and engineered many Elvis sessions in the studio. There are documents signed by Bill that would have historical meaning in the world of Elvis collecting.
Guitarist who worked onstage with Elvis in most of his special concerts as well as being part of his Las Vegas shows.
Elvis' first guiarist on his Sun sessions and Scotty worked most of Elvis' early TV appearances.
Elvis' original bass player. Bill had a combo and he had some hit instrumentals.
Hollywood director who often worked with Elvis on his films.
Comic who was Elvis' opening act for many years in Las Vegas.
Any story or photo from the people listed above would be considered part of an Elvis collection. Each of these people had some connection with Elvis and his music and movies. It is probably a good idea for any Elvis collector to begin searching at eBay and elsewhere for items of interest with these names.
Every Elvis sleeve that was manufactured in his lifetime has value to collectors. The earlier they were released the more value they might have depending on their condition. Keep them out of direct sunlight and they will last for many years.
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Several of the Elvis sleeves were black and white pictures. Even though this has color in the printing the photo is black and white. Most of his singles had a picture sleeve when they were released but not all records were in photo sleeves.
Elvis' home. Open for fans to visit and tour.
The building is still in Memphis.
Memphis recording studio where Elvis first became a recording artist.
One of the few studios in Hollywood at 5555 AV. Do not expect to be allowed inside without an invitation or unless you are a part of a tour group. It is where Elvis made many of his movies, including, Blue Hawaii, Loving You, King Creole, GI Blues and Roustabout.
Where Elvis broke all attendance records for his shows.
Did you know Elvis was a regular radio performer early in his career on a program called Louisiana Hayride? It was on KWKH. That is an AM station.
Elvis was inducted into the Army and got a haircut in Fort Chaffee. AR.
The address for RCA Records in the 1960s and 1970s in Hollywood, CA. It was where Elvis often recorded. The building is there now, but RCA is not there.
The most watched TV program of its time was broadcast from what is now the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, HI. It was then the International Convention Center Arena. Aloha From Hawaii was the show which took place on January 14, 1973.
Elvis did a live album at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
That is the address where Elvis recorded Heartbreak Hotel, his first million seller. It is in Nashville, TN. Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins played at the session.
Elvis' birthplace and the hardware store where he purchased his first guitar are viewable in Tupelo, MS.
This once was the Aladdin Hotel where Elvis and Priscilla married in 1967.
Universal Studios has tours of their lot. Elvis' last acting film was made there, Change of Habit.
An unknown 20 year old singer appeared there (Sikeston, MO) in 1955. His name was Elvis Presley.
Elvis met with President Nixon at The White House in Washington, DC in 1970.
Elvis appeared on The Grand Ole Opry in Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on October 2, 1954. After his appearance he was told by Jim Denny, the Opry Manager, he should give up as a singer. Today the Opry still broadcasts, but the income from all the Opry performers is less per year than Elvis makes from the grave. We can be thankful Elvis knew not to take bad advice. The Opry has moved away from the Ryman but that building is still available for shows in Nashville.
Whatever might still exist of the above places would be significant just as a photo or with some documentation. Many of Elvis' friends from high school and his movie co-stars and workers on the sets might have interesting items or stories for your collection.