Int.Womens.Day: Marion Keisker

 

It is said that behind every great man there is a woman.

Usually doing said job.

Nina K Tryggvason's photo.

Sam Phillips famously said that if he could find a white guy who could sing black, he’d make a million dollars.

Nina K Tryggvason's photo.   Nina K Tryggvason's photo.

He didn’t. He made $35,000 plus a debt relief of $5,000 as RCA picked up Elvis’ contract and paid outstanding royalties.

Nina K Tryggvason's photo.     Nina K Tryggvason's photo.

all those pennies the artists get, adds up

 

Sam did not discover Elvis.

Nina K Tryggvason's photo.   Nina K Tryggvason's photo.

Marion Keisker did.

Nina K Tryggvason's photo.

Elvis came in with his guitar and a story about his mother’s birthday and sang two songs.

 

Marion reacted to this unpolished, greasy plaintiff boy and recorded part of the first song and all of the second. When she played it for Sam, he was unimpressed.

Nina K Tryggvason's photo.

Elvis came in again and this time, Sam recorded and cut his 45 acetate. Again. Unimpressed.

Nina K Tryggvason's photo.

It was Marion who pestered Sam to give the call when a ballad song came in.

 

Sam got Scotty and Bill to give the kid a test run. Elvis showed up in a pink suit to his first rehearsal.

 

Nina K Tryggvason's photo.   Nina K Tryggvason's photo.
Nina K Tryggvason's photo.  Nina K Tryggvason's photo.
Marion Keisker MacInnes (September 23, 1917 – December 29, 1989), born in Memphis, Tennessee, was a radio show host, station manager, U.S. Air Force officer, and assistant to Sam Phillips at Sun…
en.wikipedia.org
 

Marion left Sun for the All Women Staffed Radio Station that Sam Phillips also created.

Eventually, she joined the WAC and last saw Elvis when he was mustering out

'Marion left Sun for the All Women Staffed Radio Station that Sam Phillips also created. 

Eventually, she joined the WAC and last saw Elvis when he was mustering out'
when Elvis recorded at first, the 45 single was the dominant format.
in the 70s, post The Beatles – it was the LP – which began being replaced by CDs in the 1980s.
It is astonishing that RCA, as many times as they re-released the SUN 45s on RCA as 45s, EPs and album fillers – the last of the individual SUN released filled out albums in the 60s – and even found first official release in the 1980s in the legendary performer series.
It is astonishing that the SUN material was only collected as an album of the singles in the the 1970s, but not until almost the 1990s, was his entire SUN sessions masters released as a collection.
All four of Elvis’ early demo acetates somehow survived the decades and came to light and release.
it is a shame that the Sony master collection didn’t start with those 4 songs, instead of having them lead the bonus disc.
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