Musical Memorabilia/Icons/Elvis Presley:
An exceptionally iconic piece of Las Vegas and music history, Elvis Presley's Historical First Las Vegas hand signed (twice) contract April 23 - May 6, Elvis's Historical first 30 appearances/shows in Las Vegas.
Elvis signed/and initialled this William Morris Agency contract, in his name Elvis Presley and also his initial' EP on the rider for his two-week engagement at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. This contract was also signed by his employer representing the New Frontier Hotel on 16th April 1956, the engagement was at the New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada. The Dates of employment are listed as Two (2) weeks commencing April 23, 1956. Hours of employment, Seven (7) days weekly, fifteen shows weekly. Type of employment, Stage show. Elvis was paid the sizeable sum of seven thousand five hundred ($7,500.00) Dollars per week.
The Colonel booked Elvis, Scotty Moore (Guitar), Bill Black (Bull Upright Bass) and D.J Fontana (Drums) for a two week engagement. The Colonel would call his boy the 'Atomic Powered Singer' During these two weeks of shows for Elvis at the New Frontier Hotel in the Venus room, the single Heartbreak Hotel and the album Elvis Presley both hit number one on the Billboard pop charts. Elvis' fame would grow dramatically. Though he would later visit often and make movies there it would be 13 years before Elvis would perform on stage in Las Vegas again in 1969.
The lot is accompanied by an Elvis Presley Museum certificate of authenticity hand signed by Jimmy Velvet Elvis's lifelong friend and founder of the Elvis Presley Museum.
NB: This was still the early part of 1956 and Presley was on the verge of greatness, up until now Elvis had performed in front of screaming teenagers but things would be different in Las Vegas. Compared to the usual teenage hysteria however Elvis had a lukewarm acceptance from the middle aged audience. Its important to note at this time the demograph going to Las Vegas were mainly middle aged and would go there to gamble and catch a show, sometimes the show's would be secondary to them, just background entertainment. While the audience liked and appreciated Elvis and politely applauded, he was never going to receive the hysteria he was now accustomed to. Its said he did not feel a connection with the audience like he did with his normal audiences.
However many teenagers did find a way of meeting Elvis during the two week period and on Saturday 28th April the Colonel arranged for a teenager's matinee for $1, which included admittance to the show and a free soft drink, which was a resounding success.
Elvis' closing performance on May 6, 1956 was recorded and initially released on "Elvis Aron Presley," the 8-record box set released in connection with Elvis' 25th Anniversary with RCA in November 1980. (They performed "Heartbreak Hotel," "Long Tall Sally," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Money Honey." The entire performance lasted just over 13 minutes and during it Elvis announces that Ray Bolger and Phil Silvers are in the audience. The crowd seems to enjoy his joke introduction of song titles like "Get out of the Stables Grandma you're too old to be Horsin' Around" and he asks Freddy Martin if he knows "Take back your Golden Garter, my leg is turnin' green".)
The Las Vegas Sun reviewed his first concert and published a less than flattering opinion of his short-lived stay at the venue.
"Elvis Presley, arriving here on the wave of tremendous publicity, fails to hit the promised mark," one columnist wrote. "The brash, loud braying of his rhythm and blues catalogue (and mind you, they are big hits everywhere it seems), which albeit rocketed him to the big time, is overbearing to a captive audience." However you can't keep a good man down and it wasn't long before Vegas caught onto Elvis's phenomena. It took 13 years for Elvis to return to Las Vegas. In 1969 he signed up for a month-long residency at the International Hotel as arguably the biggest rock and roll star in the world, he made more than $1 million in four weeks and ultimately became synonymous with the city, Elvis then remained a fixture in Vegas until his death in 1977. This piece is a seminar item of Elvis memorabilia, one of the most important relating to his time in Las Vegas that we have ever handled.
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