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    Elvis Presley Historic Twice-Signed Contract with The William Morris Agency (1956). In 1954 and 1955, the eventual King of Rock and Roll was rooted to Memphis and Sun Records. But it was the year 1956 when Elvis became an "overnight sensation" and worldwide phenomenon. Setting the stage for much of his success was a momentous signing on January 31 with the premier talent agency, the William Morris Agency. Under the terms of the contract, the agency would represent Elvis, which involved his touring and other appearances, including his soon to be prolific movie career. The agency would go on to represent Presley until his death in 1977.
    The twice-signed by Elvis contract is accompanied by a rider (initialed by Presley) which excludes from the main contract existing agreements in place with The Louisiana Hayride, the Dorsey Brothers television program Stage Show, and with "the phonograph recording field."
    Coming at the end of the same month in which Elvis released his first RCA single and recorded his first session at RCA's New York studio, in addition to making his groundbreaking appearance on The Stage Show, this signing signaled a shift in pop culture - Rock and Roll and its King had arrived!
    The contract measures approximately 8.5" x 18"; the rider 8/5" x 5.5" and the two are beautifully displayed with two gorgeous 13.5" x 10.5" silver gelatin prints of the occasion, taken by famed photographer William "PoPsie" Randolph. All are professionally framed to an overall 37.5" x 39". COA from Rich Consola. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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