Marion Keisker

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Marion Keisker was born in Memphis, Tennessee back in 1917.  She graduated from Southwester College with a degree in English and Medieval French.  She married Angus and had a son who she named after the father. 

She was a radio show host for WREC becoming a station manager and later Sam Phillips assistant.  She also worked at the Memphis Recording Service and Sun Records.  She left Sun Records and joined the U.S. Air Force, commissioned as a captain and served as information office in charge of the Armed Forces television station at the Ramstein base in Germany.  She left the Air Force in 1969, moving back to Memphis where she became active in the Memphis chapter of the National Organization for Women.  Her correspondence is archived at the Memphis Public Library.  She died in 1989, she was 72.

What you may not know about Marion Keisker Maclennes is that she is best remembered as the first person to record an upstart you may have heard of Elvis Presley on July 18, 1953.

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Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning, James, I thought the story might be heading toward Elvis  as I read it.  I bet he never forgot Ms. Keisker's belief in him. Have a great day!

Jan 18, 2021 03:25 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Sun Records, recordings, equals Elvis, and probably a few others!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 18, 2021 04:15 AM #3
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, that is information that I have never known and I will have to share it with my Dad since he is such a big fan of Elvis.

Jan 18, 2021 04:33 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I love Elvis Pressley, James... for me he'll always be "The King." One of my greatest regrets in life is that I never got to see him in concert. So I should have known Marion's name, but I didn't.

Jan 18, 2021 04:50 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. I did see Elvis in concert at the old Chicago Stadium. Excellent seats and an excellent performance. What a voice. As for Marion, it is the first I have heard of this. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Jan 18, 2021 05:26 AM #6
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Branson had an outstanding show called "Million Dollar Quartet", telling the story of that one night at Sun records where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash had a jam session and it was recorded! 

Jan 18, 2021 05:52 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - now that is really a claim to fame.  I like Barbara's pictures.

Jan 18, 2021 06:24 AM #8
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray love the story and love the picture that Barbara Todaro posted

Jan 18, 2021 06:29 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Jan 18, 2021 07:49 AM #10
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray,

Love the fact Marion saw the potential and faith in recording Elvis. I'm sure he was very appreciative. Thanks for the history lesson today!

Jan 18, 2021 08:11 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

This was an interesting read. Marion had a keen eye, and ear!


Jan 18, 2021 08:17 AM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

He turned out to have a decent career from what I Crazy how things work out.

Jan 18, 2021 08:47 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I remember my mother swooning over Elvis, she loved his song, "Love Me Tender". And I do like him.  A

Jan 18, 2021 09:01 AM #14
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  What a singer and did some great movies also and did his time in the service.  She was lucky to work with him.


Jan 18, 2021 09:26 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Goodness James- even if she had not had the Elvis connection, her life would have been quite full!!!

Jan 18, 2021 10:19 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

She certainly had an eye or should I say ear for talent. Thanks for sharing her story James.

Jan 18, 2021 01:53 PM #17
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I've always thought that working in a recording studio would be great James Dray .  I had not heard of Marion before but I did not appreciate Elvis to much later on in life.

Jan 18, 2021 07:02 PM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Marion Keisker.  She probably had no idea just how famous that young man, Elvis would become.

Jan 18, 2021 08:31 PM #19
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow all I can say is WOW, what a great post about a great woman many  have not heard of, Endre

Jan 18, 2021 09:10 PM #20
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

When you mention radio station for armed forces in Germany. I anticipated Elvis was the one. Thanks.

Feb 01, 2021 09:55 AM #21
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