WelcoMe to elvis Week! Join in the celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley during this special week. Elvis Week 2010 will celebrate many special aspects of Elvis’ life, including his love for his hometown of Memphis and his 1972 concert documentary, now available on DVD, “Elvis on Tour.” This year’s events will feature several fan favorites as well as new ones. No matter where you’re from, how old you are or what you love most about Elvis, there is something for everyone. Our spotlight events for this
year include the 2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, two sessions of Conversations on Elvis, an Elvis Week screening of “Elvis on Tour” and two morning concerts at Graceland. There are many more fun events throughout the week for fans to enjoy, including the Official Elvis Insiders Event, Candlelight Vigil, Elvis BINGO, meet ‘n’ greets, autograph sessions and more! Once again, thanks for joining us in Memphis for this special celebration. We look forward to a great week with you!
ELvis on tour rEturns to thE Big scrEEn It was March 30, 1972, when Elvis Presley joined J.D. Sumner and The Stamps, along with his TCB band and members of his entourage, to record the first footage for his new MGM documentary. The documentary was tentatively titled “Sold Out,” and then changed briefly to “Standing Room Only,” before it was became “Elvis on Tour.” The simulated recording session captured on film that night featured Team Elvis rehearsing newlyrecorded songs like “Where Do I Go From Here,” “For the Good Times,” “Always On My Mind” and many others, destined to become Elvis classics. The next evening, as filming was wrapping up for the night, Elvis, Charlie Hodge, James Burton, and J.D. Sumner and members of the Stamps, gathered around the piano for an impromptu gospel sing. The footage that was captured that night is considered by many one of the most powerful moments ever recorded of Elvis performing gospel music. As most Elvis fans know, “Elvis on
Tour” would go on to win a Golden Globe Award and would become the thirty-third and final motion picture to star Elvis Presley before his death in 1977. Thought to be one of the most spellbinding rock documentaries ever made, the footage captured that night, along with all the amazing content the crew shot as they followed Elvis on a 15-city tour of the United States, represents some of Elvis’ finest work and illustrates just how far he had come both vocally and as an entertainer. More than 25 performances spotlight Elvis’ talent, range and showmanship with on-stage performances and intimate backstage rehearsals with his band. Shot with multiple cameras and presented in a split-screen format similar to “Woodstock” the movie, “Elvis on Tour” combines concert, rehearsal and backstage footage to provide all the excitement of having a front-row seat at an Elvis concert. “Elvis on Tour” makes its debut on
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Visit the Elvis Lives Exhibit at Graceland to see some newly discovered Elvis photos like the one above. See page 14 for details.
elvis Presley’s Memphis By Chris Peck Editor, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN Do you remember being 13? Everything begins to change. At 13, the place where you live begins to stamp an impression on your mind, your heart, your being. The sights, sounds and soul of Memphis still course through the music of Elvis Presley — who moved to Memphis at age 13.
The city where Elvis came of age gave The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll his roots. No Memphis. No Elvis. On hot summer nights when he pulled out his guitar on the front porch of the Lauderdale Courts apartments, Elvis couldn’t help but hear the echoes of AfricanAmericans singing the blues. On Sundays at church, he soaked up gospel refrains. The crackling sounds of early AM
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Elvis WEEk At A GlAnCE Welcome to elvis Week 2010! Tuesday, August 10 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Walk up to Meditation Garden Elvis Fan Reception at The MED Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Shake, Rattle & Roll™ at the Shell Walk up to Meditation Garden
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Walk up to Meditation Garden Children’s Activities Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Meet Up at Marlowe’s Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Youth Karaoke Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Graceland Trivia Tour Walk up to Meditation Garden Club Elvis Midnight Southern Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Walk up to Meditation Garden Children’s Activities Ultimate ETA Contest Meet ‘n’ Greet Lowell Hays Trunk Show Fan Club Presidents’ Event Steven Keet with Hamilton Watches Meet ‘n’ Greet George Klein Autograph Session Joe Petruccio Meet ‘n’ Greet 2010 Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinal Round Walk up to Meditation Garden
Wednesday, August 11
Thursday, August 12
Friday, August 13 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Walk up to Meditation Garden Official Elvis Insiders 2010 Elvis Week Event Children’s Activities Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Steven Keet with Hamilton Watches Meet ‘n’ Greet Betty Harper Meet ‘n’ Greet Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Jerry Osborne Book Signing Kimbra Orr Jewelry Trunk Show Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel D&N’s James Burton Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction Joe Petruccio Meet ‘n’ Greet Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round Walk up to Meditation Garden
Saturday, August 14 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Walk up to Meditation Garden 28th Annual Elvis Presley 5K Run, Walk, Rock & Roll Conversations on Elvis – Session 1: Elvis on Tour Children’s Activities Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Kimbra Orr Jewelry Trunk Show Betty Harper Meet ‘n’ Greet Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Conversations on Elvis – Session 2: Elvis Presley’s Memphis Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Youth Karaoke Lowell Hays Trunk Show Presley Place Benefit Performance at Marlowe’s Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Joe Petruccio Meet ‘n’ Greet Walk up to Meditation Garden Elvis Week Screening of “Elvis on Tour”
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Walk up to Meditation Garden Classic Sunday Morning Gospel Music Singin’ Children’s Activities Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Betty Harper Meet ‘n’ Greet Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Fan Reception at Stax Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Lowell Hays Trunk Show Elvis BINGO at Heartbreak Hotel Joe Petruccio Meet ‘n’ Greet Candlelight Vigil
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Walk up to Meditation Garden (tentative) Elvis Week Finale Celebration Concert Walk up to Meditation Garden
Dear Elvis Fans, Welcome to Memphis and Elvis Week 2010. We have some very exciting events planned this year and appreciate you joining us here in Memphis as we pay tribute to the life and legacy of the king. The celebration of “Elvis on Tour” on August 14 at the Orpheum will allow us to come together with many of those who were actually in the movie to experience this remastered version of one of the greatest rock documentaries ever made. Combined with never-before-seen footage and a welcome video from Priscilla Presley, this will be a night to remember and a great way to kick off the new DVD. Another new release that is sure to be popular around the world and one we’ll be sampling during Elvis Week is “Viva ELVIS - The Album.” Many of you have either enjoyed the new Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil tribute to Elvis or have plans to do so in the near future. This October, with the release of “Viva ELVIS - The Album,” everyone will be able to experience this unique sound that features Elvis like you have never heard him before. At Graceland, you’ll experience new things from Elvis Presley: Fashion King, the exhibit that salutes Elvis’ trend-setting fashions, to a display of recently discovered photos in the Elvis Lives exhibit. All this, combined with live music, concerts, and especially the Candlelight Vigil, assures you’ll have a wonderful week as we celebrate Elvis. Jack Soden CEO Elvis Presley Enterprises
Elvis WEEk tiCkEt PiCkuP informAtion Tickets purchased through Graceland Reservations can be picked up at the Elvis Week ticket table in the Graceland ticket pavilion starting on Tuesday, August 10, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you have not picked up your tickets at Graceland prior to an event, they will be available at the door of the event 30 minutes prior. Tickets to events that are not yet sold out, and are available through Graceland, can be purchased at the Graceland Guest Services desk between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or at the door of the event. If you pre-purchased tickets through Ticketmaster, you should have received your tickets via mail. To purchase event tickets through Ticketmaster for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, Conversations on Elvis or the Elvis on Tour screening, call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787, visit any Ticketmaster Outlet location or Ticketmaster.com, call the Orpheum Box Office at 901-525-3000 or visit the Orpheum box office.
Elvis WEEk PACkAGE PiCkuP informAtion Tickets and items in the Elvis Week Premier and Fun Package, and non-ticket items included in the Elvis on Tour VIP Package, can be picked up at the Elvis Week ticket table in the Graceland ticket pavilion between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. starting on Tuesday, August 10. Tickets for events included in the Elvis Week Premier and Fun package that are not picked up at the Elvis Week ticket table will be available at the door of each event at least 30 minutes prior to the start time. If you have purchased the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest VIP Package that includes the free meet ‘n’ greet, your name will be at the door of the Hard Rock Cafe for admittance. You will be required to show ID.
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check out our elvis Week Partners Memphis Marriott Downtown 250 North Main Street, Memphis. (901) 527-7300. Time to put on your Blue Suede Shoes and experience everything Memphis has to offer. The Memphis Marriott Downtown’s convenient location next to the trolley line provides easy access to all the city’s attractions while their spacious guestrooms and luxurious bedding promises to love you tender.
Memphis Marriott East 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard Memphis. (901) 362-6200. The Memphis Marriott East is the perfect choice whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure. Enjoy the comfort of one of their 319 smokefree guestrooms, each featuring either two double beds or one king bed and a pull out sofa. Each deluxe room is equipped with a data port, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, on command videos, Web TV and inroom video games for your enjoyment. The Peabody 149 Union Avenue, Memphis. (901) 529-4000. Known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” The Peabody is legendary for its charm, elegance, and gracious hospitality. Opened in 1869, the Memphis icon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Peabody has been made world-
famous for its five resident ducks who march daily through the lobby at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Comfort Suites I-240 East-Airport 2575 Thousand Oaks Cove, Memphis. (901) 365-2575. The Comfort Suites I-240 East-Airport hotel is conveniently located near Interstate 240. Guests will begin each day with a delicious free deluxe continental breakfast. The hotel offers many additional features and amenities, including free local calls, free airport transportation, free wireless high-speed internet access, fitness center, and indoor heated pool and hot tub. Each suite offers a separate kitchenette area with microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and VCR. This is a pet-friendly hotel. Hard Rock Cafe Memphis 315 Beale Street, Memphis. (901) 529-0007. Located in the cotton-trading capital of the Delta, Memphis virtually invented blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. The historic building, set on boogie street Beale, has done time as a recording studio and a saloon - the perfect combination for an electrifying menu that’ll make you stomp and shout. So come on down, y’all, for a taste of Southern hospitality and “Good Rockin’ Tonight.”
Elvis Week Entertainment tent August 7-16, Located at Graceland Crossing FREE Entertainment, Elvis Youth Karaoke and more! Performers scheduled to perform include: Alex Swindle Andy Wood Anita Giunta Ashley Mullens Bill Brooks Bill Kelly Brooke Allen Bryan Clark Casper Slee Collin Paul Cote Deonath Danny Dale Danny Dale, Jr. Danny Frazier Dean Z Demi Downing Don Adams Franz Goovaerts Gene Hodge George Kaye George Silva Incognito Girls Jay Allen Jerry Russell Jill Moroziuk
John Evanish Johnnie Golden Joshua Davis Kent Dunkin Kim Kredel Livia Pena Marcos Santos Mitchell Johnson Molly Thapviwat Nick Gutierrez Radney Pennington Ray Covey Richard Cook Ricky O’Boyd Robert Pooran Scott Michael Shelby Daniel Terry Turner Tim Rowland Tom Burkhead Tony Nance Travis Allen Trenten Oliphant Vince Grosso Zeke Rivers
Visit the Elvis Week information table in the Graceland Ticket Pavilion for a full schedule of events and performers.
Marlowe’s 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis. (901) 332-4159. Family owned and operated since 1974. Serving world famous Memphis-style barbecue. Call for your free Cadillac limo ride. Marlowe’s Gift Shop offers everything any Elvis/barbecue fan might need. Shop online or come on in!
Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous 52 South 2nd Street, Memphis. (901) 523-2746. In 1948, Charlie Vergos cleaned out a basement below his diner, discovered a coal chute, and started a legend. The coal chute gave him a vent for his considerable talent over a grill, and allowed him to expand from ham-and-cheese sandwiches to ribs. Today, several thousand people on an average Saturday night pour into the basement and sink their teeth into a slab of what makes Memphis, well, Memphis. They are all about ribs, but their menu is as varied and interesting as the wide array of incredible stuff that adorns the walls and ceilings. Avis Rent A Car In celebration of Elvis Week 2010, Avis is offering a special discount to Elvis fans worldwide from August 3-23, who use the exclusive Elvis Week Avis discount code B559799 to receive the lowest available rental rates. Fans renting out of any Avis location in Memphis during that
time will receive an even deeper Elvis Week discount. To book today with your Avis rental discount, call 1-800-831-1600 and be sure to have your discount code ready! Don’t need a car during the special Elvis Week discount period? You can still get great lower rates year-round for being an Elvis fan, by using the following Avis Worldwide Discount Number B559700 to save up to 25% anywhere and every time you rent! Budget Rent A Car Use the Budget Offer Code (BCD) R217800 to save up to 20% anywhere and every time you rent! With Budget’s free Rapid Rez and Fastbreak rewards programs, renting is made easy and you can even by-pass the counter, depending on the program you choose. Both programs are always free to everyone. To book your discounted Budget car rental today, visit Budget.com or call 1-800-455-2848. Southland Park Gaming and Racing I-40 & I-55 exit 279 A - N Ingram Blvd, West Memphis, AR. 800467-6182. There’s more fun and more ways to win at Southland Park! Offering gaming, racing, dining and entertainment for everyone 21 and up, Southland is a great spot to add to your Memphis/Mid-South vacation itinerary. Southland is a quick 15 minute car ride from Graceland.
MEMPHIS Two Memphis institutions – The Commercial Appeal and Elvis Presley Enterprises – have jointly opened up their archives to offer a unique portrait of the city and the man. You will find hundreds of photos, articles, artifacts, front pages, quotes and a comprehensive timeline that tells this remarkable story. Many of the images inside the book are extremely rare – culled through extensive research by staff librarians and archivists. Elvis Presley’s Memphis is a must-have collection for all fans of the king – and all fans of Memphis!
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During Elvis Week, while supplies last, you’ll be able to purchase a copy of the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis book that includes a bonus DVD at no additional charge. This DVD will includebonus exclusive This bonus Graceland exclusive DVDmaterial will include featuring current and formerand Memphians who material featuring current former Memphians experienced Elvis inElvis his hometown sharingsharing their who experienced in his hometown own stories.stories. theirpersonal own personal DVD will will be be Copies of the book with the bonus DVD and at available at Gallery Elvis at Graceland and on Elvis Elvis – Session Session 22 at The Orpheum Orpheum. Conversations on
Copies of the book with bonus DVD are extremely limited and will only be available while supplies last. Conversations on Elvis - Session 2: Elvis Presley’s Memphis Sponsored by The Commercial Appeal 1:00 p.m. The Orpheum, 203 South Main Street. Michael Lollar, Commercial Appeal writer and contributing author for Elvis Presley’s Memphis, will be on hand to take guests behind-the-scenes and share what he discovered when researching for the book. Joining Michael will be long-time Memphis supporter and former mayor Bill Morris and Elvis’ longtime friend Joe Esposito to share stories about their experiences with Elvis. Included will be rarely seen video and photos from the Graceland and Commercial Appeal archives. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or in person at the Orpheum Box Office or by calling 901-525-3000; or in person at DavisKidd Booksellers Davis-Kidd BooksellersininMemphis. Memphis.
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Cont’d... Front Cover Elvis Presley’s Memphis radio carried country music to Elvis when he came home from Humes High School. That was Memphis in the 1940s and 1950s - a place where blues, gospel and country music flowed together on a current as strong as the Mississippi River. And there was a deep undertow. The barriers of race and the strictures of religion were giving way to a new age. Memphis was bending, groaning, changing with the times. Elvis felt those tugs too. He ventured into Sun Records at 706 Union searching for a new sound. At first he sang like Pat Boone. Then he cut loose - just as
Memphis was doing the same. His sound, the unheard-of voice of Elvis rocking, went first to Memphis radio, into Memphis ears, and then
was passed out from Memphis to the world in stories published by The Commercial Appeal about his rising stardom. Elvis rocketed out of Memphis as if shot from a cannon. To the top of the pop music charts. To the “Louisiana Hayride” TV show, then Hollywood, Las Vegas and the world. Yet Elvis always held strong to his Memphis roots. Graceland, the mansion he bought in Memphis with his first million, remained his refuge and his home. Today, Memphis and Elvis live on together. To this day they share a passion, a culture that is rough, and raucous, and unique. The Commercial Appeal and Elvis Presley Enterprises feel this vibe. They have collaborated on the creation of “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” so Elvis fans around the world can feel it too.
Fun facts like the ones below can be found in the new “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” book. November 6, 1948 Elvis moves to Memphis with his family. June 3, 1953 Elvis and classmates graduate from high school in a ceremony at Ellis Auditorium. July 5, 1954 Elvis records “That All Right” at Sun Studio. March 25, 1957 Elvis purchases Graceland for $102,500. February 25, 1961 Elvis performs at Ellis Auditorium and raises $56,612 for 26 Memphis charities.
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It was a true labor of love from both companies as we each opened our archives to find the articles and photos that would best tell the story of the king and the city he loved. In the end, this amazing book illustrates why, in many ways, it will always be Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Chris Peck joined The Commercial Appeal as editor in December 2002. He oversees all news operations at the newspaper and serves on the executive management team. Prior to coming to Memphis he was the Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Before that, he was editor of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane.
December 24, 1966 Elvis proposes to Priscilla with a ring from local Memphis jeweler Harry Levitch. February 1, 1968 Priscilla gives birth to Lisa Marie Presley at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. January 13, 1969 Elvis begins recording at American Sound Studio in Memphis. January 16, 1971 Elvis and Priscilla attend the ceremony for the Ten Outstanding Young Men award at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis. February 4, 1976 Elvis records “Moody Blue” at Graceland.
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viva elvis - the album available everywhere october 2010 The undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, remains one of the most iconic and powerful forces in popular culture. “Before Elvis,” said John Lennon, “there was nothing.” After Elvis, the world looked and sounded different. With a swivel of his hips and the power of his voice, Elvis broke down barriers and shattered the status quo, revolutionizing the worlds of music, film and fashion, while signaling a seismic shift in gender, class, race, and generational relationships. The Elvis revolution continues with “Viva ELVIS - The Album.” The postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective, while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis’ sound. “Viva ELVIS - The Album” re-imagines the king’s own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings. This new sound echos Elvis’ own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop. “’Viva ELVIS - The Album’ is an amazing accomplishment, a celebration of the first and greatest rock star,” said Adam Block, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Legacy Recordings. “Viva ELVIS - The Album’ gives us a tantalizing glimpse of a 21st century Elvis, allowing us to enjoy his music in a revolutionary new way.” “What would the songs of Elvis be like if he were doing them for the first
time today?” asks the album’s producer and arranger Erich van Tourneau, Musical Director and Arranger for Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil. “We set out to evoke
the process. Working with tens of thousands of samples of Elvis’ voice, van Tourneau and Bombardier often wove several sequences
Jonathan Deans, Sound Designer for Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil, with Erich van Tourneau, Musical Director and Arranger, and Hugo Bombardier, Assistant to the Musical Director and Arranger.
the soul and spirit of Elvis Presley, while building a bridge between his music and future generations of fans.” When working on the music for Viva ELVIS, van Tourneau, assisted by Hugo Bombardier, Assistant to the Musical Director and Arranger on “Viva ELVIS - The Album,” spent more than 3,000 hours reviewing countless albums, films, concert recordings, interviews and home recordings of Elvis. More than 17 thousand samples of Elvis’ songs – the raw material for the show – were made during
and sounds into the same songs, sometimes changing details such as the key and tempo. In creating “Viva ELVIS The Album,” van Tourneau was looking to accentuate and boost the emotional charge of the songs with the incorporation of ragga, punk or hip-hop elements into classic recordings. In all cases, however, the goal was to respect and understand the essence of the original recordings. In celebration of all eras of Elvis’ musical genius, “Viva ELVIS - The Album” includes songs from Elvis’ rise to
fame in the ‘50s, his movie soundtracks, his triumphant return to the stage in the “’68 Special,” and his ground-breaking appearances in Las Vegas. “Bossa Nova,” “Burning Love,” and “Suspicious Minds” are among the songs that have been reimagined and transformed for “Viva ELVIS - The Album.” The first opportunity to hear a sample from this ground-breaking album will take place during Elvis Week in Memphis on Saturday, August 14, during the event “Conversations on Elvis.” Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, opened earlier this year in a specially designed 1800 seat theater at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. A tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley, Viva ELVIS focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas: Elvis Presley. Significant moments in his life – intimate, playful and grandiose – blend with timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts.
viva elvis - the album elvis Week listening opportunity! Be the first to hear a sample from the ground-breaking album! Conversations on Elvis - Session 1: Saturday, August 14, 10:00 a.m.
rock royalty returns to the vegas strip Viva ELVIS, the seventh resident and most recent Cirque du Soleil show pays homage to Elvis at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. For Jennlee Shallow, a singer in Viva ELVIS, while performing in the newest acclaimed Cirque du Soleil show is a dream, the real kicker is being able to do a duet with The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. “If someone told me five years ago I’d be singing with him, I wouldn’t have taken it seriously. It’s an honor to do that every night with him.” Elvis Presley’s sexy, lip-curling persona made him a hit with the ladies and on the “cool” list with guys, but it was—and still is—his music that’s given him legendary status. This celebration of rhythms and vibratos, inspiring that famous pelvis to swing, is the true star of the show.
Gavin Whiteley, Digital Music Supervisor of Viva ELVIS, says Presley’s stardom came through his live performances and Viva ELVIS manages to bring that spirit back into the city the king so loved. “We are recreating the Elvis experience,” says Whiteley. “We’ve already had a lot of people who remember seeing Elvis, kissing him at a show, or being at his concerts, and they tell our artists they saw Elvis and they’re coming here to experience that again.” The show itself begs a comparison to another fan-favorite Cirque du Soleil
show in town, The Beatles LOVE. Both shows juxtapose original artists with a stage show, but the difference in Viva ELVIS is how the music is utilized. Viva ELVIS rocks out on stage with a live band. Just as Whiteley says, it acts like a concert and integrates its band members into set pieces and the choreography. The music of Viva ELVIS isn’t hidden off stage or limited to a sound board - it’s front and center. Benoit Clement, drummer and bandleader for the show, praises the musical arrangements as much of it showcases what Elvis would sound like in the new millennium.
“Younger audiences will get to hear an updated sound but still hear what an amazing singer Elvis was.” And that’s the beauty of Viva ELVIS, there is no impersonator on stage or pre-recorded music. It simply celebrates the music legend. Whether it’s for the first time or all over again, audiences can’t help falling in love with Viva ELVIS. Viva ELVIS is performed Tuesday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. inside the Elvis Theater at ARIA at CityCenter in Las Vegas. Viva ELVIS is a showstopper that leaves its viewers feeling all kinds of burning love for the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
to reserve tickets: • Call 887-253-5847 or 702-531-2031 • Visit CirqueduSoleil.com/VivaElvis • Visit Viva ELVIS ticket office at ARIA or any of the MGM Resorts International box offices
For Groups: For group reservations of 12 or more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CirqueduSoleil.com/groups. Become a fan of Viva ELVIS on Facebook at Facebook.com/VivaElvis.
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Cont’d... Front Cover Elvis on Tour August 3 from Warner Home Video in newly-restored and remastered Bluray and DVD versions in celebration of Elvis’ 75th birthday year. Some of the highlights of the new version are: remastered in High Definition with 16 x 9 2.40 letterboxed image, as seen in the theatrical release; Blu-ray audio will be DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1 Surround) and DVD audio will be Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Blu-ray will feature a book filled with Elvis photos, quotes, trivia, a tour itinerary, set lists, costumes, and background information about the filming techniques used; 25 musical numbers spotlighting Elvis’ talent, range and showmanship in captivating on-stage performances and intimate backstage rehearsals with his band; Elvis’ first performance of “Burning Love,” which was so new, Elvis referred to the lyric sheet during his performance; plus an “Ed Sullivan Show” performance in which the charm, personality and musical ability that made Elvis an icon
is so evident. During Elvis Week 2010 there are two great events where “Elvis on Tour” will be celebrated. “Conversations on Elvis – Session 1: Elvis on Tour” will be held on Saturday, August 14, at 10:00 a.m. at the Orpheum. Donnie Sumner and Bill Baize, backup singers who performed with Elvis as part of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet in “Elvis on Tour,” along with Joe Guercio, Elvis’ musical director and conductor, will share behind-the-scenes stories and memories of performing with Elvis during this pivotal time in his concert career. Hosted by Elvis fan-favorite Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies
(TCM), this event will include rarely seen video and photos from the Graceland and Warner Bros. archives. Then, on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., Warner Home Video and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. team up to present “Elvis on Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration,” a special in-theater experience at the Orpheum. In addition to watching the newly-restored and remastered documentary, this exclusive event will feature a specially-produced retrospective from Priscilla Presley and additional footage from the Warner Bros. vault, never before seen by the public. Since Elvis’ passing, Priscilla Presley has helped keep his legacy alive as an advocate for his music and as the
Elvis on tour trivia 1. Which song sung by Elvis in “Elvis on Tour” was a 1969 hit for Frankie Laine?
3. During what song in “Elvis on Tour” did Elvis shush the audience?
5. In what city was Jackie Kahane’s monologue in “Elvis on Tour” filmed?
2. What song did Elvis sing in “Elvis on Tour” that was a 1969 hit for Credence Clearwater Revival?
4. During what song in “Elvis on Tour” did Elvis hit the high note and then grin at J.D. Sumner?
6. What did Jackie Kahane say in his comedy routine in “Elvis on Tour” that Elvis was now running for?
founder of Elvis Presley Enterprises. As someone who knew the king better than almost anyone, her introduction at the beginning of the event promises to express the depth to which Elvis touched the lives of not just those who knew him, but the whole world. “Those of us who witnessed Elvis in concert know how incredible it was to see him performing live. Now, through this Orpheum event and DVD, millions more will get to experience that magic,” said Priscilla Presley.
7. What song originally recorded by Three Dog Night, did Elvis sing in “Elvis on Tour”? 8. Where did “Elvis on Tour” peak on the Variety list of top-grossing films?
Tickets are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or at ticketmaster.com; or in person at the Orpheum Box Office or by calling 901-525-3000; or in person at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis. Some tickets for this event are also available through special Elvis Week ticket packages. For more about Elvis Week ticket packages, or other Elvis Week events, visit ElvisWeek.com.
9. On what date did “Elvis on Tour” open nationwide? 10.What was the title of the other film that cowon with “Elvis on Tour” the Best Documentary Golden Globe?
Answers: 1. You Gave Me A Mountain; 2. Proud Mary; 3. Sweet, Sweet Spirit; 4. Bridge Over Troubled Water; 5. San Antonio, Texas; 6. President; 7. Never Been to Spain; 8. #13; 9. November 1, 1972; 10. Walls of Fire.
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Performances by Elvis Tribute Artists:
Winners of The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest: SHAWN KLUSH (2007) • BRANDON BENNETT (2008) • BILL CHERRY (2009) DAVID ALLEN • MARK ANTHONY • KEVIN MILLS • GINO MONOPOLI • TED TORRES • VICTOR TREVINO, JR. • JAY ZANIER • EAS BAND
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Congratulations to the following Elvis tribute artists who have won a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and will compete on August 12 & 13 at the Orpheum Theatre for the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2010. Gino Monopoli Atlantic City Ultimate ETA Contest Rick Lenzi LakeGeorge.com Ultimate ETA Contest Kevin Mills Tupelo Elvis Festival Dwight Icenhower Pechanga Ultimate ETA Contest Victor Trevino Jr. Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge Ultimate ETA Contest Danny Vernon Chinook Winds Casino Ultimate ETA Contest Eric “ERocK” Haws Branson Elvis Festival Mark Anthony Toronto Elvis Festival Vince King Legends in Concert - Myrtle Beach Contest
Trent Carlini Ultimate ETA Contest at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg Chris Ayotte Elvis FANtasy Fest Ultimate ETA Contest Jim Barone New England Ultimate ETA Contest Paul Fenech Wintersun Elvis Festival Jay Zanier Penticton Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival Yuichi Tatsumi Japan Ultimate ETA Contest and Festival Stephen Freeman Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Fans’ Choice Poll
Winners for the following contests had not been chosen by the time this publication was released for printing: Tampa Ultimate ETA Contest; Collingwood Elvis Festival; Ultimate ETA Contest at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino; Las Vegas Ultimate ETA Contest by Legends in Concert; Silver Slipper Ultimate ETA Contest; Ultimate ETA Contest at Hollywood Casino Lawerenceburg 2; and Last Chance ETA Contest at Hard Rock Cafe Memphis.
For a complete list of winners, visit Elvis.com/UltimateContest.
ultimate elvis tribute artist contest JudGes An expert panel will be judging and deciding the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2010. Our 2010 judging panel includes: Pat Halloran President and CEO of the Memphis Development Foundation John Jackson Vice President of A&R and Content Development, Legacy Recordings Norma Morris Co-owner of Morris Public Relations Gene Lubas Artistic Director for Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil
Get your tickets for the ultimate contest Semifinal Round - Thursday, August 12 • Final Round - Friday, August 13 All Shows 7:00 p.m. * Orpheum Theatre Tickets are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations; by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787; online at Ticketmaster.com; in person at the Orpheum Box Office or by calling 901-525-3000; or in person at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis.
bonus experience during eta finals night Dea Norberg, singer from Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, will perform “Love Me Tender.” As in Viva ELVIS, this song will be underscored by a montage of still photographs and newsreel footage of Elvis’ two years in the Army.
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What’s neW at Graceland While at Graceland for Elvis Week, be sure to check out the newest additions to the tour and attractions.
newly discovered Photos at elvis lives exhibit Uncovered this summer at Graceland in a collection of papers found in Vernon’s office were the negatives for three never-before-seen photos of Elvis. The newly-discovered photos show a 22 year old Elvis at the gates of Graceland in 1957 shortly after he purchased the mansion and the now famous gates were installed as an added security measure. The three rare photos have never been published, although a fourth photo from the same series has appeared on a limited basis in Elvis focused publications. As part of Elvis’ 75th
birthday celebration, the photos are now on display in the Elvis Lives Exhibit at Graceland through the end of Elvis Week, August 16. This is a free exhibit so be sure to stop by and check them out.
The ultimate tribute to the ultimate artist
Every Elvis Presley master recording released during his lifetime, presented in chronological order for the first time.
Limited edition first-run of only 1,000 copies 30 CDs featuring 711 original master recordings and 103 rarities
The Elvis Presley: Fashion King exhibit opened in March of this year at Graceland Crossing. The exhibit showcases everything from the king’s handmade shirts and casual suits to his flashy jewelry and shoes, giving visitors a first-hand look at how rock ‘n’ roll royalty dressed. See the evolution of Elvis’ outfits, from an artist’s sketch to the final product,
and how these custom creations were made. This exhibit will let you take a peek inside of Elvis’ personal closet. There are casual suits, top coats, hats, scarves, more than 50 shirts and many accessories, including a custom necklace featuring more than 220 diamonds and a 11.5-carat diamond solitaire ring.
240-page hardcover book with complete discography produced exclusively for this collection All housed in a limited edition display case For more information please visit Elvis.com/CompleteElvis
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The 2010 CandlelighT Vigil • augusT 15-16, 2010
hisTory Within hours of the announcement of Elvis Presley’s death on August 16, 1977, at age 42, thousands of fans crowded the gate area in front of Graceland Mansion in an expression of grief, shock, disbelief and love. Thousands upon thousands of people all over the world felt as though they had suddenly lost a close friend or member of the family. Such was the relationship Elvis had with his audience. On the first anniversary of Elvis’ passing, a number of fans gathered outside the gates with candles and spent an evening talking and reminiscing. The next year there were more. The Austinbased Elvis Country Fan Club organized an opening ceremony. Each year, more and more fans came to Memphis that week for the candlelight tribute and various other activities started getting organized. When Graceland opened for public tours in the summer of 1982, fans suggested to the management that the gates be open during their candlelight tribute, allowing them to walk single-file up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down. The management agreed. Responding further to the growing influx of fans in August, Graceland/ Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) took the lead in organizing Elvis Week, which has grown in its diversity of events. The solemn and beautiful Candlelight Vigil continues to be the climactic event of Elvis Week, which otherwise is a high-energy mix of music, dance, sports, social and charitable events presented by Graceland/EPE, Elvis fan clubs and many other participating organizations. It all happens in an atmosphere of international, multigenerational, multi-cultural friendship and camaraderie. Elvis Week as a whole, and the Candlelight Vigil in particular, have become a cultural phenomenon known all over the world. Q. When does the Candlelight Vigil begin? How does it work? The opening ceremony takes place at 8:30 p.m. on August 15, near the front gates of the mansion property. Fans gather in the street and in Graceland Plaza to see this. There is a queue line in the street. At the end of the ceremony, torches lit from the eternal flame at Elvis’ grave are brought down to the gate. The queue line starts to move as fans walk through gates and light their candles on the torches and then walk single file up the driveway to the gravesite in the Meditation Garden and back down. To accommodate everyone who is in line, the procession lasts
imporTanT informaTion & guidelines into the morning of August 16, the anniversary of Elvis’ passing. Graceland staff members are positioned all along the way to offer assistance. Near the front gate, Elvis fan club leaders from all over the world work in shifts to offer further assistance. Although candle lighting for the procession is from the torches, please be prepared to light your candle when asked to do so for our traditional “sea of candles” shot for the world news media at the start of the opening ceremony. Q. What about parking? Around 6:00 p.m. on the evening of August 15, the Memphis Police will begin the process of closing traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard from Bluebird Street to Craft Road. It should be completely closed to through traffic by 6:30 p.m. Security-patrolled parking for the vigil will be available FREE of charge beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the regular Graceland visitor parking facility. Vehicles will be allowed to pass through the police barricades to come and go from the parking area all evening. Q. Any tips for my physical comfort? It is August in Memphis. That usually means heat and humidity. Please take precautions. Any health problems are sure to be aggravated by the climate, the crowding of people, and the long periods of standing. Many fans have learned to avoid the discomfort of being in a tight crowd for so long by first gathering with everyone on the street for the opening ceremony, then moving back to a comfortable spot in the plaza, enjoying a gorgeous view of the procession from there, then joining the queue line some time later after the crowd has thinned out. Restrooms are not available on the mansion grounds during the vigil. Restrooms are available in the ticket pavilion, the restaurants, and other Graceland Plaza buildings. Q. What if I forgot to bring a candle? Graceland provides free candles to those who arrive at the vigil without their own. These may be obtained at the guest services desk in the ticket pavilion during the afternoon or early evening of August 15 or at the barricaded area at the front gate anytime during the vigil. Q. Any special rules or guidelines? Consideration - Please be considerate of others and do not hold up the movement or flow of the procession by lingering at the grave site, stepping out of line to remain in the garden, bunching up into groups, etc. The idea is to have a continuous single-file flow. Remember that however long you might have waited, there are many more
behind you who have waited longer. Please keep moving. Lingering - If you would like to spend more time in the Meditation Garden during Elvis Week, please see the event listings for the schedule of free walk up visit availability in the mornings and several evenings of Elvis Week. You may linger in the Meditation Garden at those times or when you are on the regular Graceland tour. Security - As a security precaution, no bags (including camera bags, backpacks, shopping bags, briefcases or luggage items) will be allowed on the mansion property. Any bags or packages that you have should be returned to your car or your lodging before entering the queue line for the vigil. No one will be allowed through the mansion gates with any of these items. Any other items carried onto the property are subject to search. Cameras/AV - Still cameras with or without flash may be used on the mansion grounds; however, camera tripods, video equipment, movie cameras, tape recorders, musicplaying devices and radios are strictly prohibited. No Food or Drinks - Food items, drink cans, and glass containers are prohibited on the mansion grounds. The Graceland/EPE staff provides water at stations at the front gate and mid-way up the mansion driveway. Smoking - Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the Graceland Mansion property. In the interest of the health and comfort of others, smokers on the street and on the plaza property are encouraged to find open, non-crowded areas to smoke. Behavior - Boisterous or otherwise disruptive behavior and loud noise are prohibited on the mansion grounds. Those who insist upon violating the rules or behaving inappropriately will be escorted from the mansion or plaza property. Graceland Security and the Memphis Police will deal with those issues if any arise. Q. What if I brought flowers or a memorial? You are welcome to bring single flowers, small bouquets or other small remembrances to place at the grave site as you walk by in the procession or when you tour Graceland or when you enjoy the free walkup visiting times. Larger floral arrangements or memorial displays may be taken to the front gate guard house any time and Graceland staff will take care of placement.
procession and queue line as needed by contacting any Graceland/EPE staff member or a police officer for assistance. Outside the mansion grounds there will be two special first aid locations. One will be in the specially marked area in front of the mansion gates. The other will be located directly across the street from the gate. An EMT will be available to assist with special needs and emergencies. Graceland employees and the Memphis Police will be available throughout the area. Q. What about access for persons with disabilities? Graceland has wheelchairs available for emergency use only. Those who have their own wheelchairs or need information about access arrangements for persons with disabilities may inquire at the Guest Services desk inside the ticket office pavilion in the plaza. Q. What’s up with all these reporters? The Candlelight Vigil attracts extensive media attention from around the world each year. Television crews, photographers and journalists will be allowed access to the vigil on a restricted basis. Most of their activity usually takes place during the first couple of hours. Media are asked to take care of their business in a quiet, respectful, expedient fashion. The media will be allowed to videotape and photograph in a specific area at the edge of the garden and they will be allowed to invite people to step away from the line on the driveway for interviews. They may also interview people on the street or in the plaza. If you find any media representative behaving improperly, please notify the nearest Graceland employee, who will either correct the problem or summon a manager to do so. Please be mindful that the media have their job to do and their coverage of this and other Elvis Week activities is important to the perpetuation of the Elvis legacy. Also, for each one of you who gets to be here for Elvis Week, there are thousands more who wish they could be here to participate. Access to media coverage is their way of sharing the week with you. ElvisWeek.com Live VigilCast EPE will provide a live feed of the first hour of the Candlelight Vigil on ElvisWeek.com for those around the word who are unable to be in Memphis. Elvis Radio/Sirius Satellite 13 Elvis Radio will have special live coverage of the Candlelight Vigil, including pre-taped interviews with friends and colleagues of Elvis and live interviews with fans and special guests.
Q. What if I need medical help? First aid will be available along the
elvis Week 2010 schedule of events Tuesday, August 10 Elvis Fan Reception at The MED 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Regional Medical Center, 877 Jefferson Avenue in the Jefferson Conference Room. Tours of the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center will be held after the reception. For information visit TheMedFoundation.org. Shake, Rattle & Roll™ at the Shell The Official Elvis Week 2010 Kickoff To Benefit The Alzheimer’s Association 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Celebrate the official kickoff of Elvis Week with a live recreation of Elvis’ first concert by the tribute artist Donny Edwards, along with the Change of Habit Band. Proceeds to benefit The Alzheimer’s Association. VIP tickets are $75 (limited number available). General admission is $40. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit under the stars at the Shell. Tickets are available by calling 901-565-0011.
Wednesday, August 11
Elvis Meet Up at Marlowe’s 12 p.m. 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. Come and meet your Elvis friends. No cover charge, but attendees pay for their own food, drink and tip. Special guests and all proceeds benefit the Shelby County Humane Society. For information, contact Sharon Parker at 615-830-5126. Graceland Trivia Tour: Bears on Tour 5 p.m. Event starts at the Graceland Ticket Office. Tour Graceland Mansion and the Elvis Presley Car Museum while answering trivia questions to which answers can be found on the Graceland tour. All participants receive an Elvis Ty Beanie Bear. Adult and junior versions of the trivia tour available. Prizes for both adult and junior versions. Tickets are $30.00 for adults and $15.00 children 7-12. Tickets are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-3323322, at ElvisWeek.com or in person at the Graceland Guest Services Desk. Club Elvis 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Plaza. Hang out and enjoy a private party with your fellow Elvis fans. A disc jockey spins Elvis records. Cash bar. Tickets are $25. Tickets are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322, at ElvisWeek.com or in person at the Graceland Guest Services Desk. Midnight Southern Breakfast 11:59 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Chrome Grille Restaurant, Graceland Plaza. Following Club Elvis, fans are invited next door to a midnight Southern breakfast. This event is sold out.
Thursday, August 12 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet ‘n’ Greet 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Memphis Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street. Private event reserved for those who purchase the VIP ticket package for the 2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
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Fan Club Presidents’ Event 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive. Celebrate the work of Elvis fan clubs during this special event. The event will feature a program of EPE company updates and special announcements, including the latest on EPE media, marketing, licensing, merchandise, new exhibits and more. Special guests for the event will be Ginger Holladay Marson and Mary Holladay Pederson, who sang on Elvis’ famous 1969 Memphis sessions at American Sound and numerous Elvis songs and albums throughout the 1970s. Tickets are $12. Tickets are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322, at ElvisWeek.com or in person at the Graceland Guest Services Desk. George Klein Book Signing 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Elvis Lives Exhibit, Graceland Crossing. Meet George Klein, Elvis’ friend and author of the book “Elvis: My Best Man.” George will be autographing copies of his book at the event. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.
2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round 7 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 203 South Main Street. See the best Elvis tribute artists from around the world as they compete in the semifinal round of the 2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Elvis tribute artists moving on to the final round of the competition on August 13 will be announced at the end of the competition. Two-day ticket to both semifinal and final round is $69. Oneday ticket to just the semifinal round is $25. VIP tickets are sold out. Tickets are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations; by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787; online at Ticketmaster.com; in person at the Orpheum Box Office or by calling 901-525-3000; or in person at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis.
Friday, August 13
Official Elvis Insiders 2010 Elvis Week Event 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Strike Zone Bowling Alley, 3330 Pine Tar Alley, Southaven, Mississippi. Activities during the event include bowling, billiards, Elvis trivia, food, Elvis music and movie clips and more. Special guests signing autographs will be: Cynthia Pepper, Elvis’ co-star in “Kissin’ Cousins”; Joe Guercio, Elvis’ musical director and conductor for his
performances from 1970 – 1977; and Ginger Holladay Marson and Mary Holladay Pederson, who sang on Elvis’ 1969 Memphis sessions at American Sound. Elvis Insiders may purchase their ticket in addition to tickets for three additional guests. Tickets are $49. Tickets are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-3323322, at ElvisWeek.com or in person at the Graceland Guest Services Desk. Jerry Osborne Book Signing 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Elvis Lives Exhibit, Graceland Plaza. Come out and get your copy of the new book, “Elvis: Like Any Other Soldier,” signed by authors Jerry Osborne and Barbara Hahn. Also on hand to sign their pages in the book will be some of the soldiers who served with Elvis, both in the U.S. and Germany. D&N’s James Burton Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction 4:30 p.m. Superior Restaurant, 159 Beale Street. D&N’s Elvis Presley Fan Club invites you to join them for a fabulous private dinner with the lead guitar player of Elvis’ TCB Band, James Burton. Advance ticket purchase only.
2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round 7 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 203 South Main Street. Enjoy a phenomenal show as the finalists from the previous night’s semifinal round compete for the title. The excitement will build throughout the night as the group is narrowed down and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2010 is named. 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Bill Cherry will also perform during the event. bonus experience! Dea Norberg, singer from Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, will perform “Love Me Tender.” As in Viva ELVIS, this song is underscored by a montage of still photographs and newsreel footage of Elvis’ two years in the Army. Note: video or audio recording of this segment will be strictly prohibited and strongly enforced.
Two-day ticket to both semifinal and final round is $69. One-day ticket to just the semifinal round is $49. VIP tickets are sold out. Tickets are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations; by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787; online at Ticketmaster.com; in person at the Orpheum Box Office or by calling 901-525-3000; or in person at DavisKidd Booksellers in Memphis.
Saturday, August 14 The 28th Annual Elvis Presley 5K Run, Walk, Rock & Roll 8 a.m. Graceland Gates. Join thousands of Elvis fans and runners in front of Graceland for the Elvis Presley 5K Run, Walk, Rock & Roll to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-
South. For more information, visit www.elvispresleyrunandwalk.com or contact Cris Stovall at 901-761-4277 or email@example.com.
Conversations on Elvis – Session 1: Elvis on Tour Sponsored by Avis Session 1 : 10 a.m. Orpheum Theatre, 203 South Main Street. Join Donnie Sumner and Bill Baize, backup singers who performed with Elvis as part of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet in “Elvis on Tour,” along with Joe Guercio, Elvis’ musical director and conductor for his performances from 1970 – 77, as they share behind-the-scenes stories and memories of performing with Elvis during this pivotal time in his performing career. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). bonus experience: “Viva ELVIS - The Album” Listening Party! Be the first to hear a sample of the music from this amazing new album. Note: video or audio recording of this segment will be strictly prohibited and strongly enforced.
Tickets are $20 for one session or $35 for both. Tickets are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations; by calling Ticketmaster at 800982-2787; online at Ticketmaster.com; in person at the Orpheum Box Office or by calling 901-525-3000; or in person at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis. Conversations on Elvis - Session 2: Elvis Presley’s Memphis Sponsored by The Commercial Appeal Session 2: 1 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 203 South Main Street. Michael Lollar, Commercial Appeal writer and contributing author for “Elvis Presley’s Memphis,” and EPE photography manager Robert Dye. will be on hand to take guests behind-the-scenes and share what they discovered when researching for the book. Joining them will be longtime Memphis supporter and former mayor Bill Morris, and Elvis’ friend Joe Esposito, to share stories about their experiences with Elvis. The event, hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for TCM, will be a great way to find out more about Elvis’ hometown and what made his relationship with Memphis so powerful. bonus experience: Special RIAA award presentation from Sony Music.
Tickets are $20 for one session or $35 for both. Tickets are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations; by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787; online at Ticketmaster.com; in person at the Orpheum Box Office or by calling 901525-3000; or in person at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis. A Presley Place Benefit Performance at Marlowe’s 3 p.m. 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. Elvis Presley’s Memphis fan club invites you to join them for an afternoon full of entertainment, Elvis trivia, prizes, a silent auction, and much more. No cover charge, but attendees pay their own food, drink and tip. All proceeds benefit MIFA’s Presley Place. For more information, contact Holly Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-658-6682. Elvis on Tour Pre-Event Party 6:00 p.m. Rendezvous, 52 South Second St. Private event reserved for those who purchased the VIP ticket for the Elvis Week screening of “Elvis on Tour.”
Elvis Week Screening of Elvis on Tour 8 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 203 South Main Street. This special screening of “Elvis on Tour” will feature a newly, re-mastered version of the award-winning documentary in addition to neverbefore-seen BONUS footage not included on the new DVD release. Joining as special guests for a short, live performance will be Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill, Bill Baize and Larry Strickland - backup singers who performed with Elvis as part of the J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet. VIP Tickets will be very limited and will include “front-of-the-house” seating, access to a pre-event party, and an “Elvis on Tour” photo package. Tickets are $89 for the VIP package and $35 for reserved seating. Tickets are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations; by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787; online at Ticketmaster.com; in person at the Orpheum Box Office or by calling 901-525-3000; or in person at DavisKidd Booksellers in Memphis.
Sunday, August 15 Classic Sunday Morning Gospel Music Singin’ 9 a.m. Graceland Entertainment Pavilion (north of airplane exhibit), Graceland. Enjoy a celebration of the gospel music Elvis loved with some of the singers who performed with Elvis as part of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet. Bill Baize, Larry Strickland, Ed Hill and Donnie Sumner all performed with Elvis on stage and now they’ll be live and onstage performing many of the hits Elvis loved. Also performing will be gospel group Soul City from First Assembly of God, Memphis. An autograph session only for concert attendees will follow the concert event. This is an outdoor event and seating is very limited. Tickets are $30. Tickets are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322, at
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Elvis Fan Reception at STAX Museum of American Soul Music 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 926 E. McLemore Avenue. Come visit one of Memphis most exciting music treasures and check out the temporary exhibit: Elvis! From Memphis to Manhattan - From the CBS Photo Archive. For this day only, you get two admission tickets for the price of one if you show your Elvis Insiders membership card, Graceland ticket stub or Elvis Week Event Guide. General admission tickets are $12 and include admission to the entire museum. Special complimentary refreshments will be available. Tickets available by calling 901-946-2535 or at the door.
Morning and Evening Walk-ups for Meditation Garden Special period of time for free admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland. Elvis Week morning walk-ups will be from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on August 10-16. Morning walk-ups may not be available on August 16 due to the Candlelight Vigil. Elvis Week evening walk-ups will be 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on August 10-14 and on August 16. Evening walk-ups will not be available on August 15 due to the Candlelight Vigil. Free.
Betty Harper Meet ‘n’ Greet August 13 - 15. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Everything Elvis, Graceland Crossing. Meet artist Betty Harper, view her broad collection of original Elvis portraits that illustrate the personal side of Elvis and take home some great pieces of art.
Candlelight Vigil 8:30 p.m. Gates of Graceland Mansion. After an opening ceremony at the gates of the Graceland Mansion property, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Free admission. No tickets or reservations. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis’ passing. See page 15 for more details.
Monday, August 16 Elvis Week Finale Celebration Concert 9 a.m. Graceland Entertainment Pavilion (north of airplane exhibit), Graceland. The perfect way to end an amazing Elvis Week! Jamie Aaron Kelley along with Brad Birkedahl and Joe Fick, formerly with The Dempseys, will perform Elvis’ hits in their unique style. Another Elvis fan favorite, Terry Mike Jeffrey, will be on hand to perform some of his favorite Elvis tunes. From the ‘50s and “ ‘68 Special,” to the concert years, many of your Elvis favorites will be performed. This will be an outdoor event and tickets will be extremely limited. Tickets are $30 each. Tickets are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322, at ElvisWeek.com or in person at the Graceland Guest Services Desk.
Elvis Week Entertainment Tent at Graceland Crossing August 7-16. Continuous presentation of Elvis music performed live by various singers and bands, plus other activities. A schedule for the Elvis Week entertainment tent will be available at the Elvis Week Information Table upon arrival in Memphis. Free. Youth Karaoke August 11 & 14. 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Elvis Week Entertainment Tent, Graceland Crossing. Children and youth, ages 2 to 17, are invited to perform karaoke Elvis songs. Free admission to perform and to be in the audience. Lowell Hays Trunk Show August 12: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. August 14: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. August 15: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring. View both his fine and fashion jewelry lines featuring items made from the original molds of Elvis’ jewelry. Steven Keet with Hamilton Watches Meet ‘n’ Greet August 12: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. August 13: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet Steven Keet with Hamilton Watches and view the Ventura Elvis Anniversary watch collection. Joe Petruccio Meet ‘n’ Greet August 12 - 15. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Everything Elvis, Graceland Crossing. Meet artist Joe Petruccio, view his new fine art pieces debuting during Elvis Week 2010 and check out some
Kimbra Orr Jewelry Trunk Show August 13: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. August 14: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Elvis by Kimbra is a new line of jewelry in sterling silver and pewter. Children’s Activities August 11-15. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Graceland Ticket Pavilion. Craft activities for children ages 2 to 12. Free. Elvis BINGO August 10, 11, 13, 14 & 15. Games at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Dining Area, Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. Bingo will be limited to 80 people, and all admitted to the dining room must have a ticket which can be picked up in the hotel lobby 30 minutes prior to each game (one ticket per person and no children under 12 admitted). Tours of the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center August 9 - 14. Tours can be scheduled. Regional Medical Center at Memphis, 877 Jefferson Avenue. For information, visit TheMedFoundation.org. EP Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Jam 2010 August 9-11: 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows. August 12-14 & 16: 11 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. shows. August 15: 12 a.m. Memphis Plaza Hotel (formerly Clarion Hotel) 1471 East Brooks Rd. A truly unique jam show featuring Jamie Aaron Kelley, with Brad Birkedahl and John McClure. Showcasing a wide variety of Elvis songs - studio, live, movie, home recordings and more. Tickets available in advance and at the door. Call 515-230-3961 or visit JamieAaronKelley.com. *All events, times, guests and details are subject to change.
Multiple Date Events All Shook Up at the Harrell Theatre August 6-15. Harrell Theatre, 440 W. Powell Road, Collierville. “All Shook Up” is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Elvis Presley. For tickets, call 901-457-2780. Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest August 7-9. Memphis Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale Street. Elvis tribute artists will have the chance to compete for one final spot in the semifinal
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Elvis Fans’ Favorite Milestone Moments A milestone is defined in the dictionary as “an important event or turning point in a person’s career.” As you can imagine, when thinking about Elvis’ incredible life and career, selecting a “favorite” milestone is a challenge. As we celebrate 75 years of Elvis throughout 2010, fans have the opportunity to participate in this very
special year by naming their top 12 favorite milestone moments in Elvis’ life. Each month, the favorite moment from the previous month is revealed and additional content is added to Elvis.com and ElvisInsiders.com that allows fans to explore and discover a lot more about that milestone. A few of the 75 moments from
which fans can choose for the remainder of the year include: Elvis’ first movie, “Love Me Tender,” premiering at the Paramount Theater in New York City; Elvis receiving an award as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce; Colonel Parker becoming Elvis’ exclusive manager; and
Elvis and Priscilla marrying in a private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Be sure to visit Elvis.com/timeline to cast your votes each month for the rest of 2010. Then, visit Elvis.com for lots of great photos, videos, stories and more.
save on Your next graceland visit in 2010 In celebration of Elvis’ 75th birthday year, we have some packages that offer special savings this year. These packages make a great fall or winter getaway to come back to Graceland for a visit. Packages must be booked by December 18, 2010, and travel must be completed by December 30, 2010.
75 Years of elvis Package For a limited time, save $125 on this great package! Includes, hotel, shuttle, tours, new exhibits, lunch, gifts and more! This special package includes: • Two nights at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, including free evening shuttle service to Beale Street • VIP Tours of Graceland • Tickets to Sun Studio, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum • Lunch at Hard Rock Café on Beale Street • Elvis Insiders membership • Elvis gift pack that includes the Official Graceland Tour DVD, the new “Elvis Good Rockin’ Tonight” CD, and two Elvis champagne glasses featuring the Elvis 75th Birthday Celebration logo in 22kt gold packaged in a blue suede-like collector’s box The 75 Years of Elvis package is valued at over $620. But in celebration of this very special year, our package rates start as low as $495, a savings of $125. See Elvis.com/75 for package restrictions, limitations and other details.
Save The Date Reminder for Upcoming Graceland Events Be sure to add the following Graceland events to your calendar so you don’t miss them! Visit Elvis.com to get the latest news on these and other special happenings at Graceland. Graceland Christmas Lighting Ceremony: November 19, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Graceland officially begins the holiday season with the annual lighting of the lights and decorations on the Graceland mansion and plaza property. After a countdown by everyone in attendance, the ceremonial switch is flipped and Graceland’s holiday splendor comes alive for another season. The lighting ceremony is open to the public to attend and Santa will also be available for pictures with the kids throughout the evening’s festivities. Christmas at Graceland: November 19 - January 9, 2011 During the holiday season, the tour of Graceland is extra special with the interior and exterior of the mansion decorated for the holidays. On the grounds of Graceland, see traditional lights and decorations, including hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and much more originally displayed by Elvis. The interiors of Graceland mansion will also be decked in Elvis’ Christmas décor for the holiday season and will include his traditional red velvet drapes and Presley family Christmas artifacts on display throughout the Graceland mansion tour including the Jungle Room. Elvis Birthday Celebration 2011: January 6 - January 9, 2011 Celebrate Elvis’ birthday in Memphis with four-days of special events and fun, including the Fan Club Presidents’ Event, Elvis Insiders Reception and Tour, dances, social events and more. Be watching Elvis.com for an updated Elvis Birthday Celebration schedule with event details. Tickets will go on sale for events this fall. Scout Day at Graceland: March 26, 2011 During Scout Day at Graceland, we offer area Scouts the chance to earn achievements toward ranks or pin/belt loop/merit badge requirements in the following areas: art, music, collections, citizenship, American heritage and journalism. Watch Elvis.com for more details on how to register. Elvis Week 2011: August 10 - August 16, 2011 Come back to Memphis next August for an amazing experience as we celebrate the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Watch ElvisWeek.com for details and more announcements as they are available. Tickets for Elvis Week 2011 should go on sale in early spring 2011.
graceland girlfriends getawaY Enjoy a night away with some of your closest girlfriends and have fun with The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Memphis. The Graceland Girlfriends Getaway Package includes: • One night at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, including free evening shuttle service to Beale Street. • Platinum Tours of Graceland • Meal at the Majestic Grille in downtown Memphis • An Elvis purse for each adult in the room The Graceland Girlfriends Getaway package is valued at over $289 plus tax for two, but for a limited time, you can enjoy this special overnight getaway for rates starting as low as $249, a savings of $40. See Elvis.com/Girlfriends_Getaway for package restrictions, limitations and other details.
To reserve either of these packages, call toll-free (877) 777-0606 or (901) 332-1000 or visit Elvis.com/save. In addition to these two fun packages, Graceland offers other special savings and discounts when visiting. Visit Elvis.com/Save for details.
elvis.com Photo sPotlight features There are many fun events and special happenings throughout the year both at Graceland and around the world that make it into our photo spotlight section. Here are some of our favorites:
March 16, 2010 Elvis really is everywhere! Elvis Insider Linda received an email from her friend in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, that included this photo of an Elvis billboard. In Chinese, the headline reads “Elvis Changed Music.”
March 25, 2010 This display case represents just a small portion of the Elvis artifacts on display at the new Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story exhibit that recently opened at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. At the opening, fans and student groups celebrated by touring the exhibit and enjoying Elvis music by Memphian Andy Childs.
March 22, 2010 Elvis lives...in Poland! Anna in Memphis received this photo from her friend who visited Wroclaw, Poland. Depending on the Polish translation, the bumper sticker reads “Elvis Lives” or “Elvis let the good times roll.”
April 12, 2010 Interior designer Bill Eubanks, who consulted on the redesign and decoration of the TV and pool rooms in 1974, recently visited Graceland. Bill was the man behind the TCB-inspired paint scheme, multiple inset televisions and fullymirrored ceiling and bar in the TV room, as well as lining the walls and ceiling of the pool room with over-400-yards of pleated fabric.
March 8, 2010 Over 600 Boy and Girl Scouts visited Graceland for Scout Day on Saturday, March 6, 2010, where they took a tour of the mansion and participated in activities like arts and crafts, Elvis karaoke and learning how to be an Elvis DJ.
June 25, 2010 Graceland went red, white and blue to support the U.S. National Soccer Team during the World Cup competition. The lights were switched on by Memphis area youth, ranging from ages 8 to 12 years old, who play in the Mid South Futbol Club.
March 1, 2010 The yearlong celebration of Elvis Presley’s 75th Birthday continues today with the grand opening of “Elvis Presley: Fashion King,” at Graceland. The exhibit is the first of its kind at Elvis’ home in Memphis, and explores fashion trends ushered in by The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Be sure to check out the Elvis Presley: Fashion King exhibit at Graceland Crossing while in Memphis for Elvis Week.
To check out other photos that have been featured in the spotlight, visit Elvis.com.
March 4, 2010 Los Angeles-based hair metal band, Rock Sugar, visited Graceland after performing at the Beale Street Music Festival. The members of the band are avid Elvis fans, and they wanted to stop by Graceland to visit what they deemed the “mecca of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Virtually Elvis. As every good Elvis fan knows, there are many ways to experience the legacy of Elvis’ career. From music and movies to books and magazines, since his first note was first heard on a Memphis radio station, Elvis sightings have only increased in frequency. As the way we listen to, experience, and interact with entertainment has changed, there are now even more ways to celebrate Elvis for fans around the world, 24-hours a day. With more than 80% of North America using the internet at least weekly, it’s no surprise that Elvis.com is visited by even more people than visit Graceland each year. Nearly a million unique fans visit Elvis.com each month to find the latest news about Elvis-related events and products or to download photos, videos or other free content like fan polls, sweepstakes and contests. Recent contests and polls taking place on Elvis. com included the opportunity for website visitors to select an Elvis tribute artist to win a trip to Memphis to compete in The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest here during Elvis Week, while another contest brought out the ‘70s funkiness. In celebration of the
release of “Elvis on Tour” on DVD, fans were asked to send in their photos from the ‘70s as the search was on for “The Grooviest Elvis Fan.” Have you “fanned” Elvis? Elvis has 900,000 “fans” on Facebook and that number grows by thousands each week. On Facebook.com/Elvis, fans post comments on Elvis, special projects, events or items of merchandise and can connect with other Facebook users who are Elvis fans. And once you have become a fan of Elvis on Facebook, you can easily see which of your other friends are also Elvis fans. Looking to chat with and get to know other Elvis fans even better? ElvisInsiders.com is a members-only site that includes a chat room and message board on which you’ll find hundreds of people all day and night discussing The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, posting photos and links to videos and more. The Elvis Insiders message board has even
launched a romance or two. Elvis’ music is the subject at ElvisTheMusic.com. There you can find news, a discography, and lots of great music-related content like a podcast and links to other information about Elvis’ music. On the go and want to take Elvis with you? There’s an app for that. Iphone users can download the official Elvis and Graceland app which allows users to check out a livecam of
This photo, submitted by a fan, was chosen as the winner in the “Grooviest Elvis Fan” contest held on Elvis.com.
Graceland anytime and anywhere, get the latest news, view a gallery with five new photos each week or take a photo with your mobile device and upload Elvis sightings to Elvis.com on the spot. You’ve been to Graceland and think you have seen it all? Think again. And then, download the Graceland widget. Everyday, users get to see a photo from inside the house that has never been see before. From around corners and inside drawers to knick knacks on top of shelves, you are guaranteed to see things from inside Graceland you never knew existed. If you are into Elvis, you need to be into Elvis Radio. Sirius.com/elvisradio is where you’ll find show samples, photos of guests in “the blue suede chair,” detailed listings of upcoming shows and lots of info relating to every Elvis fans favorite station. As the song said, “Elvis is everywhere.” And now, the words of the song could have just as easily been, “Elvis is everywhere…online!” And these were just a few of the ways you can experience the king from anywhere in the world. Be sure and visit Elvis.com for links to all these and even more.
Keep Up with Elvis Online Follow Elvis on Twitter at Twitter.com/ElvisPresley Friend Elvis on Facebook at Facebook.com/Elvis Watch Elvis videos on YouTube at YouTube.com/Elvis
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Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods The Perfect Place for the Wedding of your Dreams
Nestled in the woods adjacent to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s beloved home, is the quaint Chapel in the Woods. The chapel is the perfect setting for a wedding to remember. Whether it’s an intimate event with just the bride
and groom, or up to 50 family and friends, Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods offers all the amenities and services you expect from much larger venues. Meet two of the couples who recently were married at the chapel.
Caryl and Terry Ingman Married February 15, 2010 “Elvis and Graceland have always been a big part of my growing up. My dad was a huge fan and I listened to Elvis from birth until today. When I met my now husband and we decided to get married, we spoke about how great it would be to have a honeymoon in Memphis. To my amazement, I discovered you were able to get married at Graceland ‘s Chapel in the Woods. The pictures and information about the Graceland wedding chapel looked brilliant, and the little touch of being able to have your wedding pictures taken outside Graceland was just massive. The wedding day came and every part was amazing. From start to finish, the arranging of the wedding and marriage license, minister and photos, was so easy with the help of the special events team - nothing was too much trouble.” - Caryl Erin and Jack Wiese Married May 8, 2010 “Since I am an Elvis fan, having the opportunity to get married at Graceland was an easy decision for me. After showing my husband the pictures of the Chapel in the Woods, he was sold and we set our date. Our wedding planner took care of everything for us; from the beautiful yellow roses waiting for me in the bridal suite down to my hair appointment. We could not have asked for a better wedding! It was close enough to St. Louis that our family was able to come and celebrate with us and savor the entire Elvis experience. From Graceland, to The Chapel in the Woods, to Sun Studios and Beale Street - we were able to enjoy it all. And to top it all off, my husband I were able to get our wedding pictures in front of Graceland! Our wedding was truly perfect. This was an unforgettable experience, not only for us, but our entire family.” - Erin
For more about Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods, visit Elvis.com/chapel, call our Special Events Team at 800-238-2010 or 901-332-3322, or email email@example.com.
Webcast Your Wedding at the Chapel Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods offers you the unique opportunity to share your special moment with family and friends unable to attend the ceremony in Memphis by broadcasting the event over the internet. This is an extremely affordable option for your wedding package. Family and friends will be able to watch as you exchange your vows online. Call Graceland Special Events for more details.
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For a limited time, you can book the Love Me Tender Package at Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods and receive up to $140 off the package value. The package includes everything you will need for the wedding of your dreams. For more information, visit Elvis.com/Love_Me_Tender or call 800-238-2010.
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Visiting the Quad Cities? Spend Time With John Deere Deere & Company
John Deere built his plow factory in Moline, Illinois, because the town had everything he needed: steamboats to bring in raw materials, roads, water power from the Mississippi River, and hard-working pioneer families for a ready source of labor. The original factory is long gone. There’s a hotel, civic center and restaurants there now, but John Deere’s legacy lives on at places you can visit in and around the Quad Cities. Start at the John Deere Pavilion in downtown Moline where you can see vintage and modern equipment and try out our interactive exhibits. Go next door and you’ll see clothing, toys, and other merchandise with our famous leapingdeer logo on sale at the John Deere Store. Trek a few miles to the southeast to visit Deere & Company World Headquarters, an architectural gem overlooking the Rock River Valley. There’s a big display area where you can view a world-famous mural and John Deere machines. Come any day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., no reservations required. For company history, you can take I-88 northeast, following the Rock River upstream for about an hour, to visit John Deere’s original blacksmith shop in Grand Detour, near Dixon, Illinois. It’s where he built his blacksmith shop and forged his famous steel-bottom plow, which helped open the West to development. We call it the John Deere Historic Site, and it’s also an archeological site. Check out the exhibits and the Deere family homestead. It’s open Sundays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from May to October. Group tours are available in winter months: Call 815/652-4551. Want more history? In Moine, a half-mile from the pavilion, at 817–11th Ave., is the DeereWiman House, built by Charles Deere, John’s son and our company’s second president.
Originally and aptly named Overlook, it sits on a hill above the original plow factory site. Cross the street and you’re at the Butterworth Center, home of Deere & Company’s third president, William Butterworth. Go inside to absorb family history and Italianrenaissance elegance. Both homes are open by appointment. Call 309/765-7971. If you follow the Mississippi River a few miles east you’ll find Riverside Cemetery perched on a bluff overlooking the river valley. Turn left after you enter and wind your way to its crest. There you’ll find the final resting places of John Deere and many of his descendants, including all the men who headed our company for its first 118 years (1837–1955). You can visit anytime during daylight hours.
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JOHN DEERE STORE Hours: Mon.-Fri.10a.m.- 5p.m.(January & February) Mon.-Fri.10a.m.- 6p.m.(March - December) Sat. 10a.m.- 5p.m. Sun. Noon to 4p.m. JOHN DEERE PAVILION Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9a.m. to 5p.m.(year round) Sat. 10a.m. to 5p.m. Sun. Noon to 4p.m. Pavilion: 309/765-1000 Store: 765-1007
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Directions to Memphis places of interest Beale Street: Go left out of Graceland parking lot through three lights to 55 North. Get in the left lane and follow 55 North to Riverside Dr. Beale St. will be about one mile on the right.
Humes High School: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot through three lights to 55 North. Stay in the middle lane to 240 North. Take the Jackson Ave. West exit. Humes is on the corner of Manassas and Jackson.
Fogelman Executive Conference Center: Turn left out of the Graceland Parking lot and go through three lights to 55 North. Merge onto 55 North and immediately get into the middle lane and continue on 240 North (follow sign that says 240 West Little Rock). Take exit 29 for Lamar Avenue and veer right to merge onto Lamar Avenue. Turn left at Central Avenue. Take Central Avenue to Innovation Drive (University of Memphis campus) and take a right. The Fogelman Conference Center (330 Innovation Drive) will be on your immediate left. Parking garage is located immediately after the Fogelman Conference Center.
Lanskys at the Peabody: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot through three lights to 55 North. Get into the left lane and follow 55 North to Riverside Dr. Follow Riverside Dr. to Union and go right on Union. The Peabody Hotel is located between Second and Third Streets on the right side. Lansky’s is located in the Peabody Hotel Lobby.
Hwy. 78 to Tupelo, MS: Go right out of the Graceland parking lot about two (2) miles to Shelby Dr. Turn left onto Shelby Dr. Follow Shelby Dr. about 8 miles to Hwy. 78 East. Turn right onto Hwy. 78 East.
The MED and Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot through three lights to 55 North. Follow 55 North to Riverside Dr. Go right on Jefferson. The MED will be on the right side about one mile after turn. The Orpheum Theatre: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot through three lights to 55 North. Get in the left lane and follow 55 North to Riverside Dr. Follow Riverside Dr. to Beale St. and take a right. Go to Main St., take a right and the Orpheum is on your immediate right.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot through three lights to 55 North. Get in the left lane and follow 55 North to Riverside Dr. Follow Riverside Dr. to Beale St., which will be approximately 1 mile on the right. Turn right onto Beale Street. Follow Beale Street until you see the FedEx Forum on your right hand side. The museum is located inside the Forum. Memphis Zoo: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot through three lights to 55 North. Get in the middle lane to 240 North. Take 240 North to Union Ave. Take the Union East exit. Go Union to Tucker St. and turn left on Tucker. Tucker will take you to the entrance of the Zoo. Presley Place: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot through three lights. Take 55 North to Lamar Ave. exit. Take a left on Lamar Ave. West to East St. Take a right on East St. to Vance Ave. Take a left turn from Vance onto Boyd St. Turn left on to Boyd St. to St. Paul Ave. Turn right onto St. Paul Ave. to site. Stax Museum of American Soul Music: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot onto Elvis Presley Blvd.
Continue on Elvis Presley to McLemore. Turn left on McLemore. Stax will be about 1 mile on the right. Strike Zone Bowling Alley: Go right out of the Graceland parking lot and continue south on Elvis Presley Boulevard to Stateline Road. Turn left on Stateline Road. Go about 4 miles to Getwell Road and turn right. Drive south past Goodman Road and turn left on May Blvd. (large sign for Snowden Grove Park at entrance). Continue to stop sign and turn left. Strike Zone bowling alley will be on the right. Sun Studio: Go left out of the Graceland parking lot through three lights. Take 55 North to 240 North. Follow 240 North and take the Union Ave. West exit. Continue about one mile. Sun Studio is on the right. Tunica: Go right out of the Graceland parking lot to Shelby Dr. Turn right onto Shelby Dr. Follow Shelby Dr. to Highway 61 (3rd St.). Turn left onto Highway 61. Follow Highway 61 and casino signs will be posted to direct you to various casinos.
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“On October 24, Jean met once again with Parker at the
Warwick Hotel in New York, and later that day, Parker
contacted Phillips. Parker informed him that he had secured
exclusive rights from Elvis’s parents, Gladys and Vernon, to
when Jean and
negotiate a record deal.”—from page 185
Parker left the table that day, each man embarked on his own mission— Parker to secure control over Elvis, and Jean to secure control over his repertoire.” —from page 179
Left: “Colonel” Tom Parker. Courtesy of Susan Aberbach.
Above: Tom Parker, Gladys Presley, Elvis Presley, and Vernon Presley. Courtesy of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Ltd.
“Any reader with an interest in the music industry will find valuable information and analysis here, and fans of country music will learn much about the relationships among Hill and Range artists such as Elvis Presley, Hank Snow, and Eddy Arnold, and songwriters such as Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
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