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Colonel Parker met comedian Jackie Kahane while he was opening for Wayne Newton in Las Vegas. The Colonel appreciated Jackie’s clever, yet clean, family-friendly, routine and promptly hired him as an opener for Elvis during his 1970s performances. Jackie often toured with Elvis and the crew and offered is a hilarious diary, written by Jackie during the March 1974 tour. It was intended for the TCB group and musicians, as indicated on the cover, a statement followed by the warning “Any reproduction, reprint, or distribution of same to outsiders is punishable by castration or a two week exile to Monroe.” The last most likely referring to the stops in Monroe, Louisiana and Monroe, Alabama, during the February 28 through March 20 tour. The diary begins with a letter to Elvis dated March 20, 1974, which Jackie begins, “Perhaps I should address you as Most Exalted Ruler, Master of all you survey, King of the Box Office....but if I slip into comfortable familiarity at this time, it is for one reason, and only for one check is now securely hidden in the secret compartment of my Jockey shorts.” The diary continues with more jocularity, “Unbeknownst to the group, I have taken it upon myself to record each day’s activities, in a ‘Daily Log’ for purposes of information, memorabilia, and blackmail.” He continues in this entertaining tone to describe events in detail, such as in the entry for March 1 in Tulsa, Oklahoma: “Our tour began looking forward to 20 days of revelry, debauchery and constipation. ... Our embarkation was made more pleasant by our two lovely hostesses Cheryl and Bambi. ... The stewardesses ingratiated themselves to the entire group by serving us breakfast, which became daily fare...Stale doughnuts that were Red Cross rejects, and coffee. This coffee tasted as though it had been strained through Mrs. Olsen’s panty hose.” Jackie continues with one quip after another, some more off-color than others. A truly hysterical read. Also included is a handwritten letter from Kahane to Bruce Jackson.

The Bruce Jackson Collection - Elvis Presley Concert Sound Engineer

These items and another 22 lots in this auction emanate from the estate of Elvis Presley's Sound Engineer, Bruce Jackson. In the 1970s. Jackson worked with Claire Brothers Audio Enterprises and was responsible for the onstage monitor sound for Elvis Presley for 100s of concerts. The offered artifacts hail from that period of Jackson's career. He would go on to work with Bruce Springsteen for 10 years, and did sound for Barbara Streisand, as well. In addition to Presley, Springsteen and Streisand, Jackson mixed concert sound for Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Barry White, Jefferson Airplane, Ozzy Osbourne, Carly Simon, Three Dog Night, the Jackson 5, Cat Stevens, Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Procol Harum and Lou Reed. Jackson kept a vast and interesting assortment of backstage passes, crew ephemera and tour documents from his time with Elvis Presley, some of which have rarely been seen by fans. We hope you enjoy the collection.

1974 “Elvis Presley Tour” Diary Written by Comedian Jackie Kahane Plus Kahane Handwritten Letter (2)
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