DescriptionElvis Presley February 6, 1955 Concert Poster. Elvis had just released his third Sun single "You're A Heartbreaker"/ "Milk Cow Boogie" and was causing a stir regionally, landing on the bill of this big Country concert. He wasn't getting top billing yet, but it was just a matter of time - only months, in fact! For the moment, established stars Faron Young, Ferlin Husky, and the Wilburn Brothers were billed ahead of the future King. This poster shows some wear, with both bottom corners missing, and multiple tears that have been sealed. But you'll have a hard time finding a nicer copy - if you can find another copy at all!
This poster is certainly historic. It's one of only a handful to ever surface from this concert and is one of the earliest known Elvis concert posters. But it's not either of the performances Elvis gave that day at Ellis Auditorium that makes this a significant piece of Rock and Roll history. It's what happened between the two shows would change Elvis' life and the music world forever. Presley's manager at this time was Bob Neal who had just recently replaced Scotty Moore. The bookings were regular and regional, revolving around his contract with the Louisiana Hayride on Saturday nights. Elvis, Scotty, and Bill had quit their day jobs and were releasing records on Sam Philips' Sun Records label. His career was doing well, but his popularity was mostly in the South. Something was needed to send Elvis on his way to becoming the legendary figure that was his destiny. This missing piece of the puzzle was a manager and promoter by the name of "Colonel" Tom Parker.
Bob Neal had been making Elvis known to Parker and his assistants Tom Diskin and Oscar Davis; they had been watching Elvis' career and helping out with future bookings. Neal arranged a meeting on the fateful afternoon of February 6, 1955, to take this working relationship to a higher level. There was a café across the street from the Auditorium named Palumbo's and Elvis, Scotty, and Bill were invited to come over to meet with Parker. Bob Neal, Sam Philips, Col. Tom Parker, Oscar Davis, and Tom Diskin were present when Elvis joined them. Ostensibly, they were there to discuss the upcoming Hank Snow tour (Parker was Snow's manager), but the tension was palpable by the time Elvis arrived. Sam Philips was upset because Parker had essentially said that Elvis would never make it big while on Sun Records and that he needed to be on a national label like RCA with which Parker had a relationship through his other acts. From that day forward, Colonel Parker would start to become the key figure in Elvis' management team and, by the end of that November, he did what he had talked about at that meeting- he got Elvis signed to RCA Records. Philips was paid the sum of $40,000 to give Elvis up, a huge sum at the time but only a mere pittance based on his future worth. February 6, 1955: now that's a day to remember for Elvis fans! Some lucky and shrewd bidder can own this ultra-rare poster from this important date in music history.
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