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ELVIS PRESLEY OWNED AND USED 1969-1977 LYRIC SONG SHEETS, USED BY ELVIS FOR REHEARSALS, RECORDING SESSIONS AND ON STAGE DURING PERFORMANCES, FROM ELVIS' MASTER BOOK.
Elvis' Master book is now preserved in the archives of Graceland.
Each lyric sheet stands up in its own right as a individule lyric sheet and comes with a letter of authenticity hand signed by Ed Bonja.
The letter of authenticity reads as follows...................
As Elvis Presley prepared to return to live performances in 1969, it was necessary to create a set of lyric sheets containing the words to the songs in his expansive repertoire. By 1970, this set of lyrics had become a set of lyric books-six in all. Over the next seven years, these books were changed, added to and updated. Each book also contained a complete index of songs. Elvis' lyric book was the Master; all of the other books had to be kept in sync with it.
That lyric book and these lyric sheets were used by Elvis for rehearsals, recording sessions and on stage during performances. The Master books are preserved in the archives of Graceland.
As Tour Manager, assistant to Colonel Parker and Photographer for the Elvis Presley Show from 1970 to 1977, one of my duties was to keep the books updated and in alphabetical order, immediately following each use of the lyric books, i would begin repairing and updating.
Starting with Elvis' book, i would gather all the lyric sheets that had been used-typically bunched together at the front of the binder-and file them back in the proper alphabetical order. Often, the pages had been ripped out of the binder, tearing open the holes that had been punched into the sheets. I would take the ripped or wrinkled pages to the copy machine at our offices at MGM and make another copy of each sheet. I found it quicker than using those glue-on-hole-repair rings.
For some reason, i began keeping the torn and/or damaged sheets. At the time, i really wasn't sure why. Now these lyric sheets have become a rare treasure and piece of history.
Hand signed in ink by Ed Bonja
We have a few of these lyric sheets available for purchase. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.