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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Johnny Rivers...The Memphis Sun Recordings



Johnny Rivers is one of the most underrated rock pioneers. This album is his tribute to rockabilly by recordings that made Sun studios so famous. He plays and sings them close to the originals. Rivers pays homage to the greats, yet makes each well known song his own; no small feat.

One can only imagine how crowded the little Sun Studio in Memphis must have been when this great record was made - guitars, horns, back-up singers, bass, etc, and Johnny singing live. Just terrific versions of early Sun songs plus some of Johnny's hits in stripped down versions. His "Memphis" sounds just as strong as his original 60's recording at the Whiskey A Go Go. Johnny enlisted hall of fame musicians to lend a hand, the late Carl Perkins and James Burton, to name two. 

Carl Perkins sits in and plays after Johnny says to him "Carl, why don't you come in and help us out", after being told by Rebekah Alperin who was helping with the project that I think Carl wants to play. Johnny was thrilled when Carl joined him. Johnny handed his guitar to Carl and picked up an acoustic guitar and they started playing "Bopping the Blues". Carl went on to play lead on all the songs that were his.

Johnny Rivers is in his strongest element on this album; this had to be a great work of joy for him, and it shines through. He has gone back to the roots of rock and roll. Elvis, Roy and Carl would be proud.







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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Auction at Graceland Elvis memorabilia January 7th 2017


Once again, The Auction at Graceland is on with a collection of very unique and rare Elvis artifacts and memorabilia up for grabs.

The Auction At Graceland, which starts at 2:00 PM CST on the 7th, has more special Elvis items than ever! Elvis was involved in so many different pursuits and his life touched so many people that there are many important items still left at the Graceland estate for auction. With the help of Invaluable, fans have the chance to own part of his legacy.

 Here are a few lots to check out: 

Lot 61: Elvis Presley Gold and Diamond Ring


















Estimated Price: $10,000 - $15,000

The offered ring emanates from Charlie Hodge. It was purchased in the early 1980's along with 11 other rings and the original box in which Elvis kept them when he gave them to Charlie.

Lot 126: Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley Signed Divorce Document


Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Their love was legendary and their parting was amiable, as evidenced in this one-page Supplement to Property Settlement Agreement in which assets are divided. According to the document, Priscilla is to receive $100,000 tax-free and should any claim be made against this sum, Elvis has agreed to be liable. This agreement is dated August 15, 1972, and framed with two images of Elvis and Priscilla leaving the Santa Monica courthouse the day their divorce was final.


Lot 62: Elvis Presley Film Worn Boxing Gloves






















Estimated Price: $12,000 - $15,000

From the collection of “Rockin’” Robin Rosaaen.

check out other Elvis memorabilia and collectible items up for auction on Invaluable.