RCA jukebox promo set SPD-15, with Elvis Presley on sides 7 & 14; this is apparently Elvis' first release on RCA, though not directly a commercial release. Vinyl is VG+ though both sides show slight wear, but nothing of dramatic note. The other items included are the box which shows rub-wear on all surfaces but mainly on the edges and corners of the pic, 4 other of the SPD-15 records with theirs sleeves & 5 empty sleeves (as they were found to have SPD 19 records in them), one set of jukebox strips, and several Billboard notices tracking Elvis' rise as he moved from the SUN label to the RCA label. All sleeves have no splits, writing, etc., but do show slight rub-wear on fronts and light spotting on the back sides There are too many photos to upload as I am limited to 12, so i doubled up images to get all scans included.
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On Jan-12-14 at 11:59:33 PST, seller added the following information:
i have received several questions regarding this item, so I went online and found further information of the broad background for the
production and distribution of this item.The following is an excerpt from a URL titled: Jukeboxes: an American Social History.
Googlethat title and find the specific reference on page 239 of the section titled,Jukes Have One Final Fling.
Within two weeks of announcing its campaign, Billboard had received
more than 1,100 direct requests from various members of the industry for
promotional kits. Those were in addition to more than 7,500 kits mailed
already to top operators, associations, and disk jockeys at the start of the
campaign. Local events to mark the anniversary included a proclamation
by Arkansas governor, Francis Cherry who declared the week beginning
May 24 as“National Juke Box Week”. The Common Council of Detroit
also proclaimed the week of May 24 as “National Juke Box Week”.
On Jan-13-14 at 12:28:45 PST, seller added the following information:
I finally got a chance to clean and play these records. Of the 5, only 2 have visible scratches, the Elvis and the Chet Atkins; the Elvis scratches are not audible on my '50s vintage player, but the Atkins has noticible clicks, but no skips.
On Jan-13-14 at 12:54:44 PST, seller added the following information:
One further note on the rarity of these jukebox promos.: To remark the obvious, the disks and strips in these nearly 10,000 jukebox kits were all destined to live out their lives on jukeboxes, so there was never any anticipation that they might be returned to their packaging; subsequently, the packaging only served to protect the records in transit and was necessarily discarded after the contents were removed. A juke-operator who might have retained hundreds of packages would have needed a reason as well as a place and to store such inherently useless packaging. When the records were removed, after years of play, they were generally picked up by used-record outlets for resale for as little as 10 cents for an Elvis on the SUN label. In my own home town, Coronado, CA, we still have one restaurant with a jukebox, and there are small juke-selection machines at every table, as well as evenly spaced along the coffee-counter. Many of the tunes from the '50s and '60s are still available on that jukebox.