Here's an audio clip from the Danny Kelly Show on BBC Radio WM 95.6 from this morning (4th November) featuring myself talking to Danny about the rare Elvis Presley acetate for his track 'Suspicion' - which we sold for £6500 at our Film Poster & Music Memorabilia auction yesterday.
Photos and full details of the lot below.
By Chris Aston
Elvis Presley 12 inch Acetate for "Suspicion"
"Suspicion" was a great favourite of Elvis Presley as it enabled him to showcase his wide vocal range. "Suspicion" was first released in the US on the LP "Pot Luck" in June 1962 with the recording session for "Suspicion" documented as taking place on March 19th 1962 together with the other Doc Pomus track "Shes not you" on the same date later to be released as a single in 1962. Suspicion for some reason was not chosen as a single for release at this time from the album. The date of the recording of "Suspicion" on this acetate is not known but one would think that it is the one from March 19th 1962 most probably. The only date we do know for sure from this acetate is the date August 20th 1961 which is recorded by the WHBQ disc jockey on the Ray Charles advert from WHBQ for the concert and ticket sales for the concert on that date. Interestingly we do not know for sure why the single Suspicion should be on this WHBQ radio station acetate. Whether the station were plugging the track we do not know. It raises interesting questions which we do not know the answers to - a fascinating piece of history.
This lot is accompanied with a professionally recorded CD of the recording "Suspicion" from side 1 and also the recording of the advert for the Ray Charles concert with the Raelettes at Ellis Auditorium on Sunday August 20th 1961 from side 2. The condition of the acetate is poor to fair and there is an audio recording which you can listen to which does have audible scratches. This is an opportunity to acquire a one of a kind piece of history for Elvis Presley and his links with WHBQ Radio. We have not seen another WHBQ Elvis acetate and do not know anyone who has despite best efforts so we can not throw any more light on the subject save to say it is a rare find and a true piece of Elvis history.