There are some chance meetings that take place in the music industry that turn into something extraordinary. On August 27th, 1965, The Beatles met Elvis Presley. Back then Elvis was on the downside of his career and The Beatles were in the midst of “Beatlemania”. Both parties met at Presley’s California house on Perugia Way.
When The Beatles arrived they just sat and starred in awe at Elvis before The King broke the ice. He said, ”If you guys are just going to sit around and stare at me, Im going to bed. I didn’t mean this to be the subjects coming to see The King. I thought we’d talk and then maybe jam some.” The group did get to “jam” for a bit with Elvis showing off his base skills.
From that evening, this black and white 8-1/4″ x 6-1/2″ photo was autographed by The Beatles band members. All four superstars including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed clearly in blue ballpoint (“8-9”).
The signatures were secured by Marty Lacker who was there that evening. Lacker was a close friend and confidant of Elvis for 20+ years. Hence why there is also a salutation on the photo, “To Marty Best Wishes – From The Beatles”. This inscription was penned in the hand of Ringo Star.
EXCERPT From that evening..”Marty: In a little while, Colonel Parker walked in. Which meant it was casino time. Because we had this coffee table that could be converted into a gambling table. You reversed it and turned it into a roulette wheel. So Joe and Alan and Colonel opened up the casino in what we called the “round den” because it used to be an outside courtyard. Alan said Colonel was throwing money around like crazy. And I remember Colonel and Joe bragging that they took Brian Epstein to the cleaners, that he owed ’em about two or three thousand dollars.
They didn’t leave until about two o’clock in the morning. Colonel used to have a thing about covered wagons. He used one as a kind of logo for his company—he had one on his stationery, I remember. And as souvenirs, he gave the Beatles these little covered wagons that lit up on the inside.”
One of Elvis’ trusted friends, Marty Lacker was instrumental in arranging Elvis’ seminal recording sessions at American Sound Studios with producer Chips Moman in January and February of 1969. Marty shares the genesis behind those historic sessions, which yielded the hits, “Suspicious Minds,” “In The Ghetto,” “Don’t Cry Daddy,” and “Kentucky Rain” and marked an artistic rebirth for the singer.
Marty Lacker passed away this year on February 13, 2017.
Authentication: Provenance Letter from Marty Lacker and JSA Full Letter.
Beatles prices have sky rocketed consistently for the last ten years. Although the fan base of boomers, are aging, the sound of the Beatles, has been able to cross over to other generations. The Beatles phenomena has transcended time. They have transcended time like the other celebrity icons from this time period James Dean, Marlon Brando, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn, Elvis and the Beatles.
This era captured a time that Hollywood will never see again. I think that the raw talent, the drama, the sadness, the heartache and the extreme success of each of these stars made them untouchable. Each of their lives, bittersweet. Read More…-