Mississippi Man Discovers Long Lost Tapes Made By Elvis Presley Before He Became Famous

Mississippi Man Discovers Long Lost Tapes Made By Elvis Presley Before He Became Famous!

Here’s a one-off insertion in the L.A. Times from 1988 that Gary Halbert wrote and published.

I don’t know of anyone who’s ever seen this one before.

When he was on his game, he was one of the most versatile promoters on the planet.

“If you are an Elvis Presley fan, this may be the most exciting message you will ever read.

Here is why. In 1955, a full year before Elvis became famous, he got a chance to play at the Eagles Hall at 2204 Louisiana Street in Houston, Texas. He went there with Scotty Moore, his guitar player and first sidekick, and Bill Black, his bass player. Well, what happened is, the three of them got up there on that stage and . . .


You see, this was Elvis before he was tamed down, before Colonel Parker got a hold of him, before Steve Allen tried to “detwitch” him, before he was told he had to stop all that shaking or else the TV cameras could only shoot him from the waist up. This was Elvis totally uninhibited!


  1. says

    I’m guessing it sold all their inventory. I love how conversational it reads. It reads like an Elvis fan having a casual conversation with another Elvis fan.

    I was also thinking how this might have sold well as an infomercial… Or a whole set of rare recordings from famous artists.

  2. Scott McKinney says

    Does anyone know if these are still available?

    Hell, give you a subscription to everything Halbert ever sold.

    Beautiful stuff.

    Scott McKinney
    sam239 ** cornell ** edu

  3. Lawrence Bernstein says

    Scott, that was a one-off insertion that I found a few years ago. As brilliant as the copy is, down to the last detail, it ran in print only once that I could find.

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