Lot 2078: Exceedingly rare pair of raw and unedited RCA Victor 33 rpm reference recordings created for the motion picture King Creole, complete with talking and pre-recording voice labeling in which Elvis can be heard speaking with fellow musicians and singers between songs. The first record bears an RCA Victor 'Reference Recording' label annotated in ballpoint, "J-100A, Elvis Presley," with the second similarly labeled and annotated, "J-100B, Elvis Presley." These records hold the songs and music used in the making of the movie, and this is the one-of-a-kind 'producer's reference' set given to Elvis after its completion; the only other copy of this album is the master set in the RCA Victor audio archives. Upon receiving the records, Elvis presented them to his close friends Sgt. William A. Norwood and his wife Olly. In fine but fragile condition. A compact disc copy of the recording is included.
King Creole, released in 1958, was the fourth feature film of Elvis Presley's career and debuted to both commercial and critical success; Elvis would also later say that his role as Danny Fisher was his favorite of all the characters he portrayed in film. The soundtrack was well-received at home and abroad, with the album reaching number one in the UK and the single 'Hard Headed Woman' topping the Billboard charts to become the first rock and roll single to earn an RIAA Gold Record. These unique reference recordings from the production of King Creole are thus not only incredibly rare Elvis materials but hold a significant place in rock and roll history as a whole.
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Thursday, 12th November 2015
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