(ALL PHOTOS BY SUE McCASLAND)
EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF THE ELVIS CATALOG FOR RCA RECORDS,DEARY JOINED RCA IN 1954 AS STEVE SHOLES SECRETARY .IN 1972 SHE BECAME ASSISTANT TO RCA VICE PRESIDENT HARRY JENKINS ,WHOSE JOB IT WAS TO HANDLE THE ELVIS PRESLEY MATERIAL. SHE PRODUCED MANY ALBUMS FOR RCA,INCLUDING THE ELVIS ARON PRESLEY 25TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM SET. DEARY WORKED OUT OF THE RCA BUILDING IN HOLLYWOOD UNTIL HER RETIREMENT IN 1987.HER DUTIES WERE TAKEN OVER BY GREG GELLER.JOAN DEARY PASSED IN 2001
JOAN DEARY AND COLONEL TOM PARKER AT A BENEFIT FOR THE COLONEL IN 1984
*When Joan first met Elvis she thought he was very quiet.
*Joan herself recorded the Aloha Special in Hawaii. She was given a room the size of a closet and boxes to sit on.
. From her 'closet' she couldn't see Elvis, but could only
hear him. She sat on a box with the RCA recording equipment also on boxes. and recorded the now famous "aloha from Hawaii".
*During Elvis' lifetime, RCA gave him many of his original acetates which he promptly stored at Graceland.
After his death, Joan needed those acetates to see what materials was on them that she could use.
The Colonel told her to go to Graceland and look around.
Joan searched through the depths of closets, drawers and shelves .
She found about a dozen original acetates including
"The Million Dollar Quartet,"
JOAN DEAEY,JERRY OSBORNE,CHARLIE HODGE 1984
NOTE: THE LP IS "ELVIS IN NASHVILLE
*Joan would spend months in the RCA recording studios listening to Elvis' recordings, looking for new material to put out for the fans. Since she was a perfectionist, she would only put out what was close to
perfect in her opinion and she always believed that the fans deserved
only the best of Elvis' music.
Joan Deary,KIKI,SUE MCCASLAND
Joan wasn't bothered by bootlegs, but was always concerned that it wasn't the best of Elvis .
JOAN AND SUE MCCASLAND 1984
JOAN AND KIKI
*Joan was very committed to the success of the Elvis Memorial Chapel at Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi.
She worked with RCA to insure they helped with the original building fund and when the Chapel was finished and dedicated
SHE thanked the fans by giving them three special
pressings of Elvis' music in three successive years.
JOAN SIGNING THE TRILOGY
RCA'S JOAN DEARY APPEARED IN TUPELO ,MISSISSIPPI 8/82 AND SIGNED SOME OF THE RECORDS
VALUE : $200 ADD -15% IF SIGNED BY JOAN DEARY
JOAN WANTED ONLY THE BEST FOR ELVIS AND ELVIS FANS. WHILE THE TRILOGY WAS BEING HANDED OUT ,IT WAS NOTICED THAT A FEW ONLY HAD FRONTS AND NO BACKS ON THE PICTURE SLEEVE. JOAN SAID "WE CANT HAVE THAT". THEY WHERE REMOVED FROM THE BOX. ONLY THE BEST FOR THE FANS. OVER THE YEARS THE ERROR SLEEVES WERE GIVEN AWAY. I HAVE ONE IN MY COLLECTION THE OTHER IN THE COLLECTION OF DAN ROGERS
1984 PHOTO OF HELPERS FOR JOAN HANDING OUT THE SOUVENIR 45"BABY LETS PLAY HOUSE" AT THE BIRTHPLACE.THE YOUNG LADY ON THE LEFT IS JOAN'S GRANDDAUGHTER KIKI
Baby Let's Play House/ Hound Dog
JOAN DEARY APPEARED IN TUPELO ,MISSISSIPPI ,AUGUST 16,1986 ,WHEN COPIES WERE GIVEN OUT. SOME WERE SIGNED BY HER AND SOME WERE NOT.ADD%10-%15 IF SIGNED BY JOAN DEARY.ACTUALLY ,ALL COPIES ARE PROMOTIONAL ,THOUGH ONLY JB-13857 IS MARKED "NOT FOR SALE" REGARDLESS WHAT IS MARKED ON THE LABEL.
ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHPLACE TUPELO MISSISSIPPI
SOUVENIR CASSETTE SUMMER 1991
PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY /NOT FOR SALE
GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME / HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Crying In the Chapel/How Great Thou Art
ELVIS PRESLEY MEMORIAL CASSETTE AUGUST 1994.
PROMOTIONAL ISSUE ONLY NOT FOR SALE.
A GIFT FROM JOAN DEARY AND RCA AT ELVIS' BIRTHPLACE IN TUPELO MISSISSIPPI
Joan loved Elvis' fans. She always had time for an a photo or just sit and talk. Joan was never too busy to spend time with the fans, as she always felt that she was a fan, too.
ELVIS NOW FESTIVAL IN CALIFORNIA 1981
MORE GIFTS FROM JOAN DEARY. NIPPERS. ON THE PORCELAIN NIPPER .UNDER THE BASE IS A RCA STICKER. THE STUFFED NIPPER HAS A RCA TAG AND RCA ON THE COLLAR
THIS IS ELVIS CPL2
4031 PROMOTIONAL COPY
SIGNED BY JOAN DEARY. BELOW IS A PHOTO OF HER SIGNING THIS LP AND ANOTHER IN HER SUNSET DRIVE HOLLYWOOD OFFICE.
ABOVE RCA BUILDING LA CALF 1984.
PHOTO INSIDE JOAN DEARY'S OFFICE. CHECK OUT ALL THE ELVIS ITEMS
BELOW:Avco movie theaters
NOTE THE PROMOTION OF "THIS IS ELVIS"
WOULD LOVE TO PUT THIS BANNER IN MY DEN.