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    Elvis Jewelry - Cuff Links and Tie Clasp. On September 8, 1961, Hank Garland (1930-2004) - aka ""Sugarfoot" and "The Baby Cotton Picker" and, in Elvis Presley's words, "one of the finest guitar players in all the country" - was in a devastating car crash near Nashville. The accident (which occurred under suspicious circumstances) left Garland severely brain-damaged, and while he lived over 40 more years and courageously fought to recover, he remained only a sad shadow of his former self. Heritage proudly offers this gold cuff links and tie clasp set, presented to Garland by Elvis Presley on March 25, 1961 at the Live "Blue Hawaii" Concert in Hawaii.

    Hank played live with Elvis for the "Jailhouse Rock Concert" in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1957, and for the "Blue Hawaii Concert" in March, 1961. And, from 1957 to 1961, Hank backed Elvis on all of his movie soundtracks and his studio tracks, which included nine of Elvis' #1 hits. "Are You Lonesome Tonight", "I Can't Help Falling in Love", and "Crying in the Chapel" are just three of the classics that Garland played on. He also was guitarist and arranger for Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" and recorded with Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin, Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patti Page, Hank Snow - the list goes on and on.

    The gold clasp and cuff links with green stone insets come in a handsome wooden case, with a photo in the roof of the case of Garland backing up Elvis on his guitar and a small typed slip headed "The Hank Garland Estate," noting the gift, its presenter and the date. The provenance includes a Letter of Authenticity from the Hank Garland estate. The new film "Crazy" (2006) tells Garland's story, with Waylon Payne as Hank. A fascinating lot, and an Elvis item connected with a gifted and gallant personality whose awesome musical legacy fortunately dominates his personal tragedy.

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    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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