Memphis Singer Presley Signed By RCA-Victor for Recording Work
By ROBERT JOHNSON, Press-Scimitar Stafff Writer
Elvis Presley, 20, Memphis re-cording star and entertainer who stormed into bigtime and the big money almost overnight, has been released from his contract with Sun Record Co. of Memphis and will record exclusively for
ELVIS PRESLEY - At 20, an RCA_Victor contract, grow- ing fame and a pink Cadillac.
RCA-Victor, it was announced by Sam C. Phillips, Sun president. Phillips and RCA officials did not reveal terms, but said the money involved is probably the highest ever paid for a contract release for a country-western recording artist.
"I feel Elvis is one of the most talented youngsters today," Phil-lips said, "and by releasing his contract to RCA-Victor we will give him the opportunity of en-tering the largest organization of its kind in the world, so his tal-ents can be given the fullest opportunity.
Handled by Parker
Negotiations were handled by Col. Tom Parker of Hank Snow Jamboree Attractions, Madison, Tenn.; Bob Neal, Presley´s per-sonal manager, and Coleman Tiley III of RCA-Victor. Elvis Presley Music, a pub-lishing firm, has been set up to handle much of Pressley´s mu-sic, in conjunction with Hill and
Range Music, Inc., New York City.
Bob Neal, WMPS personality, continues as Presley´s personal manager and will handle his personal apppearances and other activities, but Hank Snow-Jam-boree Attractions will handle Presley enterprises in radio, tv, movies and theaters. Also taking part in negotia-tions were Hank Snow himself, RCA-Victor´s longest-term west-ern star; Sam Esgro, RCA-Vic-tor regional sales manager; Ben Starr of Hill and Range Music, and Jim Crudgington, local RCA-Victor representative. Presley, who lived in Tupelo, Miss., until he was 14 and is a graduate of Humes High, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Presley, 462 Alabama.
Phillips signed him for Sun Records after Presley wandered in one day and wanted to have a recording made at his own expense.
His first record, "That´s All Right, Mama" and Blue Moon
BIG TIME - Elvis Presley, swift-rising sensation from Memphis in the country-mu-
sic field, has just about hit the top. The 20-year-old singer has just been signed by RCA-Victor for record-ing work.
of Kentucky," hit the best-seller lists immediately after its re-lease in July last year, and both Billboard and Cashbox, trade journals, named him most promising western star. He be-came a regular in Louisiana Hayride on CBS. His newest record, "Mystery Train" and "I Forgot to Remember," is his best-seller so far. Both songs were written by Stan Kesler and Charlie Feathers, a Mem-phis team. Tony Arden has just recorded "I Forgot to Remem-ber" for Victor, and Peewee King´s latest is also a Kesler-Feathers composition.
All five Presley records have made the best-seller list.
Presley´s "Mystery Train" is now being played by pop disk jockeys as well as c&w in the east.
Sun has 10 country-western ar-tists remaining on its label, in-cluding Johnny Cash and a new-comer, Carl Perkins of Bemis, Tenn., who writes his own music and who is causing a stir. This week Sun brings out a new femi-nine vocalist, Maggie Sue Wim-berly of Florence, Ala., with songs by another Memphis com-posing team, Billl Cantrell and Quentin Claunch, who wrote a previous substantial country-western his, "Day Dreaming."
Elvis Presley, 20,
Signed By RCA-Victor
MEMPHIS Nov. 22 (UP) - Elvis Presley, 20-year-old country-style singing sensation, has ben signed by RCA-Victor for recording work.
Presley, who lived at Tupelo, Miss., until he was 14, got his first chance to recoord from Sam C. Phillips of Sun Record Co. here. Terms of the negotiations be-tween RCA and Phillips were not disclosed. In announcing the re-lease to RCA, Phillips said Presley "is one of the most talented young-sters today. By releasing his con-tract we give him the opportunity of entering the largest organization of its kind, so his talents can be given the fullest opportunity.
$40,000 Pay-Off Reported
In Elvis Presley Deal
By ROBERT JOHNSON, Press-Scimitar Staff Writer
Buy it with a song? You sure can, if you sing it right. When Elvis Presley´s contract was acquired by RCA Victor from Sun Records
of Memphis last
week, it was an-
nounced that a rec-
ord sum for buying
was involved, but
no figure was gi-
ven by Sam Phil-
lips, owner of Sun.
amusements trade publication, Page One´s the Presley deal this week and says it involved "a re-ported pay-off of $40,000 to Sun Records for Presley´s contract."
The 20-year-old Humes High graduate´s contract had only one year more to run, which shows what Victor thinks of him. RCA Victor got rights to five unre-leased Presley recordings, and will also bring out Presley´s cur-rent "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," No. 4 on the country-western best-seller list, under the Victor label, within a week. Looks as tho not only Elvis but Sun Records is doing all right.