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More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:03 am

Can i have some help with another set, please? I know you're real experts in Elvis and we all are learning a lot from you.

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Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:39 am

Excellent pics. If only I had that third one in bigger resolution. That would be awsome

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:17 pm

1+2 april in front of his Getwel house so before May 11 when he moved to Audubon, still no leaves on the trea so probably winter 56 after he bought the Harley in jan
3: jan 56
the last set of pix reminds of Elvis and the Stapletone singers..so possibly backstage Vegas '56 -
from the other hand the guy in white looks like Wally Varner...so I am not sure

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:24 pm

Right, the first two likely April 56, taken for the May cavoer ofMotorcycle enthusiast magazine ( a HD publication)
see http://scottymoore.net/elvisharley56kh.html

the third is late 56, posiibly November when he took delivery of the 57 FLH. It was used in the Dec 56 issue of Enthusiast
see http://scottymoore.net/elvisharley.html

The ones with the medallion appear to be the same medallion worn around September of 57 when they did the Tupleo show

My guess also for the rest (bottom few) is sometime in 57 at Graceland when he bought that White Knabe Piano

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:30 pm

JamesVRoy wrote:Right, the first two likely April 56, taken for the May cavoer ofMotorcycle enthusiast magazine

equally the cover shot could have been taken in Feb/ March. And if you look at the trees..there are still no leaves on the trees....which is unlikely for any spring month in Memphis.

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:47 pm

E-Cat wrote:
JamesVRoy wrote:Right, the first two likely April 56, taken for the May cavoer ofMotorcycle enthusiast magazine

equally the cover shot could have been taken in Feb/ March. And if you look at the trees..there are still no leaves on the trees....which is unlikely for any spring month in Memphis.


Right, April latest I presume sometime prior to the publication and after mid January when he bought the bike
Dammit Jim, I a physician not a magician (or horticulturalist)!!!

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:52 am

aren't those the blackwoods with him at Graceland (and Lamar)?

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:04 am

good point Jim, seems a gospel quartet indeed.
And that little big guy on the left, seems like Lamar indeed.

but is it also Wally Varner as observed before ?

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:14 am

E-Cat wrote:good point Jim, seems a gospel quartet indeed.
And that little big guy on the left, seems like Lamar indeed.

but is it also Wally Varner as observed before ?


Its definitely Lamar, I don't know about the others, just guessing.
Who's Wally Varner?

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:21 am

JamesVRoy wrote:Who's Wally Varner?

Varner was the keyboard player for the Blackwood Brothers,
so I guess it are the Blackwood bro's + Wally Varner -> see also:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=34057

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:35 am

E-Cat wrote:good point Jim, seems a gospel quartet indeed.
And that little big guy on the left, seems like Lamar indeed.

but is it also Wally Varner as observed before ?


Here is the answer:
http://www.sgma.org/gogr_history/sunshine_boys.htm

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:43 am

great stuff Fool thx - do you also know the date with Elvis and the Sunshine Boys ?

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:18 am

I donĀ“t know the date. I found this on Google, but I can not access the site.

SouthernGospelNews.com - your online source for all southern ...
Eddie told me that they sang with Elvis until 5:30 am, and wouldn't have stopped then but the Sunshine Boys had a performance at 10:30 that morning. ...
sogospelnews.com/index/history/comments/116/P10/

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:43 am

The fool wrote:
E-Cat wrote:good point Jim, seems a gospel quartet indeed.
And that little big guy on the left, seems like Lamar indeed.

but is it also Wally Varner as observed before ?


Here is the answer:
http://www.sgma.org/gogr_history/sunshine_boys.htm


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Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:06 am

Great detective work, thank you very much for your help :D

Re: More Rare 1950s photos - dates please?

Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:10 am

Note that the Sunshine Boys were one of the groups the teen-aged Elvis saw at Ellis Auditorium gospel shows. It was the group J.D. Sumner was in before he joined up with the Statesmen in 1954.

The photos appear to be from Graceland, circa August 1957. You can see new girlfriend Anita Wood in the background. The white Knabe piano had been purchased in April 1957 from Jack Marshall, new pianist for the Blackwood Brothers, and then refinished to Elvis' specifications.

Also, the first and third images in this piano sequence are basically identical. One is cropped.