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1955 Artists Bureau Letter is This Week's Insiders Artifact

November 15, 2011

We are celebrating the 55th anniversary of the year 1956 in Elvis Presley's life. It was the year Elvis catapulted to superstardom, enjoying his first national hit, "Heartbreak Hotel," his first movie, "Love Me Tender," and his first television appearances. Just a short time before that record-breaking year, Elvis was already gaining a name for himself in the music industry. This week's Elvis Insiders Artifact is a letter from 1955 in which George Ferguson, with the WLS Artist Bureau, answers Tom Diskin about getting Elvis Presley booked on his show. In the earlier letter, Tom wrote, "We have a new boy that is absolutely going to be one of the biggest things in the business in a very short time. His name is ELVIS PRESLEY."

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