Insiders Artifact: 1954 Memphis State University Yearbook
July 13, 2012
This week's Elvis Insiders artifact is a page from the
1954 Memphis State University yearbook which features Elvis.
In November of 1954, Elvis made a guest appearance for the
Memphis State Student Government Association's blood
drive. Elvis is not even listed in the caption and is
photographed under a section titled "Seniors."
Elvis never attended Memphis State University. The mayor at
the time, Mayor Frank Tobey, is the man holding the guitar
pictured with Elvis. This photo was captured at a time when
Elvis was on the brink of stardom and only a few months after
signing his first contract with Sun Records. In July of 1954,
at 19 years old, Elvis and his parents agreed to have Scotty
Moore manage their group which featured Elvis, Scotty, and
Bill Black. At the time Elvis worked at Crown Electric until
the group began to gain moderate success with their records
and personal appearances.
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