The Auction on Elvis Presley BLVD August 14, 2022
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/14/2022

Offered is an original, double-sided recording acetate containing the Elvis Presley's songs “Hurt” on one side and “For The Heart” on the reverse. The acetate’s red and white RCA Nashville label contains the speed, Elvis’ name, stereo, and the song title all handwritten on each side with “For The Heart” also stating the song length. The acetate comes with a letter from “EP Archives” in Las Vegas in which is mentioned that the acetate “was sent to Elvis’ attention after leaving Memphis during the later part of February. It was sent to the attention of Denver police officer, Ron Pietrafeso who recevied many gifts from Elvis. While he may have listened to the playback at Graceland, he never listed to this acetate in Denver as they arrived after he had already returned.” The letter is signed by Officer Pietrafeso. (The same officer gave Elvis the police baton offered elsewhere in this auction!)

Elvis hosted his first official home recording session in the Jungle Room of Graceland in February of 1976. The jungle-style furniture was moved so that a make-shift RCA studio could be temporarily installed. The recording sessions met with several fits and starts, but in the end Felton Jarvis was able to capture enough material to provide RCA with the basis for a ten-track album, a single and an additional stand-alone single. It was on February 5th when Elvis’ focus became engaged that he recorded the Dennis Linde song “For the Heart” and “Hurt,” a song inspired by the 1954 Roy Hamilton original. The single for these two songs was released in March 1976 while both songs were also included on the album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee, released by RCA Victor on May 1, 1976. This entire album was composed of the material that Elvis recorded live in this studio set up at Graceland those days in February 1976. “Hurt” made the top 10 in both the country and adult contemporary charts.

The acetate measures 10-Inches in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated (quoted here). Excellent condition.

1976 Elvis Presley’s Personal Acetate For “Hurt” and “For the Heart” Recorded at the Jungle Room Sessions - Gifted to a Denver Police Officer
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,840
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, August 14, 2022.
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