Memphis Press Scimitar, Wednesday, December 29, 1954

Neal is Manager For Young Star


Elvis Presley, the 19-year-old Memphian whose first two records ("Blue Moon of Kentucky" with "That's All right" and "Good Rockin' " with "I Don't Care If the Sun don't Shine") won him quick acclaim, has signed a management contract with bob Neal WMPS folk music disc jockey, it was announced today.
Presley, who appears each Saturday night on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, said increasing demands for appearances made a manager necessary, and he preferred a Memphian for the job. Two other Memphians are in his group and appear with him on the Louisiana Hayride. They are Guitarist Scotty Moore and Bill Black on bass.
The affiliation was announced simultaneously with release of Presley's latest records - "Milk Cow Blues" and "Heartbreak." He records for Sun Record Co., a Memphis firm headed by Sam Phillips.

Memphis Press Scimitar, December 29, 1954 courtesy Memphis Public Library
Jim Reid photo of Elvis at Press Scimitar office taken in July, 1954

article added August 19, 2013

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