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The King Makers

May 24, 2010 | Other

Elvis Presley's collection of the records that influenced his music and put him on the path to fame is up for sale. In 1968 The King asked his guitarist, manager and friend Scotty Moore to transfer his favourite 78s on to reel-to-reel tape.

Moore's letter authenticating the set says: "Elvis left me the briefcase with the records and asked me to mail the tape back to his house in Memphis. I made a safety copy for myself and kept the records and tape in my studio in Nashville. Elvis never asked for the records to be returned."

The discs cover a wide range of music including Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Sammy Davis Junior and Carl Perkins - and Elvis recorded many of the songs himself.

Moore has decided to sell the 26 records - which could make £125,000 - through the Fame Bureau auction house in London on Thursday. James Wilkinson from the Fame Bureau said: "These records really were the birth of rock 'n' roll because they influenced Elvis in his very early days."

26 songs which inspired Presley:

Joe Turner: Corrine Corrina and Boogie Woogie Country Girl.
The Dominoes: That's What You're Doing To Me and When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano.
Ivory Joe Hunter: It's A Sin and Don't You Believe Her.
Roy Brown: Hurry, Hurry Baby and Travelin' Man.
Fats Domino: Blueberry Hill and Honey Chile.
The crickets: You're Mine and Milk And Gin.
Tommy Edwards: It's All In The Game and All Over Again.
Ray Charles: I Got A Woman and Come Back.
Hank Snow: I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye and Just A Faded Petal From A Beautiful Bouquet.
Louis Jones And His Band: Rock And Roll Bells and All Over, Goodbye.
Lowell Fulson: Reconsider Baby and I Believe I'll Give Up.
Brownie Mcghee: I'm 10,000 Years Old and Cherry Red.
The Four Lads: Moments To Remember and Dream On, My Love, Dream On.
Johnny Ace With The Beale Streeter: My Song and Follow The Rule.
Roy Hamilton: Hurt and Star Of Love.
Sammy Davis Jr: Because Of You Parts 1 & 2.
Fats Domino: Ain't It A Shame and La-La.
Lloyd Price: Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Mailman Blues.
Buddy Blake: Rosie and You'll Cry For Me.
The Pearls: Your Cheatin' Heart and I Sure Need You.
Ivory Joe Hunter: Since I Met You Baby and You Can't Stop This Rockin' And Rollin'.
Carl Perkins: Matchbox and Your True Love.
Billy Ward And His Dominoes: Rags To Riches and Don't Thank Me.
The Billy Vaughn Orchestra: The Shifting Whispering Sands parts one and two.
Arthur Gunter: Baby Let's Play House and Blues After Hours
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton: Hound Dog and Night Mare

Source:Elvis Information Network
benny scott wrote on May 24, 2010
Scotty Moore, Elvis' manager in 1968 ?!! Always El.
I am Buffalo-Horn! wrote on May 24, 2010
Elvis may not have 'asked for the records to be returned', but it seems to me they are definitely still his property &, as such, ought to be returned to Graceland & perhaps put on display at some future time for us all to see.
lamp light wrote on May 24, 2010
Scotty wasn't Elvis manager in 1968 hmmmm.
ttwiise wrote on May 26, 2010
it doesn't actually state that Scotty was his manager in 1968, after all he was his manager in 54, stop being so picky
benny scott wrote on May 26, 2010
When one reads :" his guitarist, manager and friend " , as far as I know that's a statement . This has nothing to do with being picky . It wouldn't be the first time mistakes are written . We all know Scotty was his manager in 1954. A simple " his FORMER manager" would have excluded every possible confusion, just as simple as that. Always El.
KTemple wrote on May 26, 2010
I always wonder why people like Scotty would want to sell items like this. They hardly need the money, is it greed?