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Elvis Presley Signed "Don't" Rare Army Issue 45 Single Record Cliff Gleaves Charlie Hodge Margrit Buergin Autograph
The single "Don't" signed on the paper sleeve by Elvis Presley. Also along the left side of the paper sleeve under Elvis' signature it's apparently signed by three others who were part of Elvis' circle during his army days: Margrit Buergin, who dated Elvis briefly during this time; Cliff Gleaves, a rockabilly singer who became an early member of the "Memphbis Mafia"; and Charlie Hodge, who became a longtime member of Elvis' band. In the upper right in an unknown hand are notes relating to the different addresses Elvis had during his army days in Germany. Bad Neuheim, where Elvis stayed in hotels such as the Hotel Grunewald. Ray Barracks was the army barracks Elvis was assigned to Friedberg. Bad Homburg was where Elvis stayed at in the Ritters Park Hotel. At lower right is written Goethestrasse 14, the address of the house Elvis rented after being kicked out of the hotels. The black label with silver printing with the dog Nipper at the top is a very limited pressing that was issued for the servicemen in Germany. The Nipper trademark was actually not authorized at that time for European pressings. In the dead wax area is etched "Manufactured In Germany". This came from the estate of longtime DJ Dan (Oberholtz) Diamond. I imagine it was gotten originally by someone in Elvis' close circle at that time, maybe an army buddy or a DJ in the area. The paper sleeve and vinyl record show some signs of wear and age, but are in overall good shape. A rare relic from an important time in Elvis' early career.