Elvis Week

Guests & Performers

Below you will find a list of special guests, hosts and entertainment for Elvis Week 2014. To learn more about purchasing tickets, schedule of events and more, please visit ElvisWeek.com.


SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE

Priscilla Presley

Conversations on Elvis - Sold Out
Former wife to Elvis, Priscilla Presley, helped open Graceland to Elvis fans in 1982 and continues to venture into new business opportunities. Her career as an actress includes such titles as the hit television show "Dallas," a starring role in the "Naked Gun" series, and a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." She continues her entrepreneurial spirit with "The Priscilla Presley Collection" which features decorative linens, furniture, art and more.

Hosts

Tom Brown

Official Elvis Insiders Event, Conversations on Elvis and Elvis: That’s The Way It Is Screening Tom Brown is the vice president of original productions for Turner Classic Movies.  While at TCM, Brown has been the executive in charge of production on special projects featuring Priscilla Presley, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, George Klein, Joe Esposito and the TCB Band.  He has been the host of several Elvis Week events, interviewing Elvis' band members, personal friends and movie costars.

Joey Sulipeck

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Events Joey Sulipeck is a lifelong Memphian and is currently the Chief Meteorologist with FOX13, the FOX News affiliate in Memphis, Tenn. He’s been active in working with Elvis Presley Enterprises for the past decade.  He was a returning host of Graceland’s annual Candlelight VigilCast and has hosted the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest since the beginning.  He’s a two-time Emmy Award winner, a member of the National Weather Association, a member of Mensa, and a true-blue Elvis fan.

DJ Argo

Fan Club Presidents’ Event The year 2015 will mark Argos’ 10th anniversary on Elvis Radio, broadcasting live from Graceland on Sirius XM.  He’s been an Elvis fan as long as he can remember and loves meeting people from all around the world who visit Graceland. In addition to his involvement in various Elvis related events, Argo produces special events with individuals and municipalities, like fireworks displays and concerts. When you’re at Graceland, stop by the studio and say “hi”. Argo will probably have you pick your favorite Elvis song and shout out to the world on Elvis Radio. 

Online Hosts


Memphis Jones

2014 Elvis Week Video Host
Memphis Jones is a professional fan and he brings his unique brand of enthusiasm to every job. Whether he's emceeing, interviewing, tweeting or shooting promotional videos, he brings the excitement with his positive, uplifting and spirited personality. Family friendly and fun for all audiences, Memphis Jones works hard with every group to create an atmosphere of unity and does not stop until everyone is playing along. Memphis Jones has been a life-long Elvis fan and is an expert on the birthplace of rock 'n' roll.

Jon Waterhouse

2014 Elvis Week Blogger
Entertainment journalist and lifelong Elvis fan Jon Waterhouse returns as the official blogger for Elvis Week 2014. With a journalism career spanning more than 20 years, Jon has interviewed music legends from Ringo Starr to Dolly Parton and served as publicity writer for Rock Hall of Famers, Van Halen. Jon counts his Elvis-related projects as some of his all-time favorites. He’s interviewed some of the king’s closest comrades. Jon’s work regularly appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper and his weekly Atlanta-based radio program, “The Pop Culture King Show,” snagged a 2013 award for his annual Elvis special. Keep an ear open for Jon’s guest DJ specials on SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio.

Special Appearances


The Memphis Boys - Bobby Woods, Gene Chrisman and Reggie Young

Official Elvis Insiders Event, Memphis Boys Salute
The Memphis Boys are a self-named rhythm section whose professional careers began in and around Memphis in the early sixties. In the earlier stages of their career, they boast about having played on more hit recordings during a six month period than any other studio rhythm section in history (Billboard Magazine). Among these hits are: Elvis' "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain." Decades later, The Memphis Boys are still entertaining several generations of fans.

Jerry Schilling

Official Elvis Insiders Event
Jerry Schilling is veteran music industry professional and childhood friend to Elvis Presley. He was with Elvis the day he met President Nixon and he also worked with Elvis throughout his career. As his lifelong friend, he traveled around the country on Elvis' tours. Schilling co-edited the now famous "Elvis On Tour" with Martin Scorsese. He has spent forty years in the entertainment industry working as an actor, film editor, producer, and manager for acts such as the Beach Boys and Jerry Lee Lewis. He still currently resides in the West Hollywood Hills home that Elvis gave him. 

Joe Guercio

Conversations on Elvis
Joe Guercio has enjoyed a prolific career, but he is probably best known and admired for his work with Elvis Presley. He was the musical director and conductor for Elvis' concert shows from the summer of 1970 to the summer of 1977 when Elvis made his last concert appearance. Along with the obvious contributions he made to Elvis' shows, including many of the triumphs of Elvis' "concert era", it was Joe Guercio who created the now almost iconic six-note theme for Elvis' stage entrances and bows. 

Cynthia Pepper

Conversations on Elvis
Cynthia Pepper is an actress best known for her role of Corporal Midge Riley in the 1964 Elvis Presley film “Kissin Cousins.” Cynthia was a regular in the first season of “My Three Sons,” as well as other guest appearances on “Perry Mason,” “Wagon Train” and others. Cynthia Pepper's first movie role was opposite Sandra Dee and James Stewart in “Take Her She’s Mine” in 1963. Then in 1964, she co-starred with Elvis Presley in “Kissin Cousins.” In this film, Cynthia receives her first on-screen kiss by Elvis himself. Cynthia went on to guest in many TV shows in the 1960s & 1970s such as “The Addams Family,” “Julia,” “The Flying Nun” and “The Jimmy Stewart Show.”

Pal Granlund

Official Elvis Insiders Event
Co-author to the new Follow That Dream book "Elvis Presley: Memphis To Nashville '61," Paul Granlund has been running the Norwegian Fan Club "Flaming Star" since 1965. Next year the fan club will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Granlund met Elvis on five different occasions from January of 1970 to Easter of 1975. He has attended more than 50 live concerts, both in Vegas and all over the United States. The new FTD and Flaming Star book gives a comprehensive account of two Memphis charity shows Elvis performed on a cold day in February of 1961. Copies of the new book will be available for sale during Elvis Week.

David English

Official Elvis Insiders Event
David English lives on the south coast of England, in the small historic village of Rottingdean, Brighton, Sussex, and has two children, Cecelia, 19 and Francis 14. He has worked as a television camera operator for over 25 years starting with LWT and subsequently for ITV, reaching the position of Camera Supervisor. Together with Pal Granlund he has written the Elvis Presley Follow That Dream series of books: "Welcome Home Elvis 1960," "From Memphis To Hollywood, Summer of '61," "Something For The Girls," and "Memphis To Nashville '61," all published through FTD/Sony/Flaming Star.

Lowell Hays

Official Elvis Insiders Event
Lowell Hays first met Elvis in 1969 at Graceland. By Christmas of 1970, he had become the jeweler to the king. During their years together, Lowell made over 200 pieces of jewelry for Elvis. A few examples include Elvis’ TCB ring, his lion pendant and chain, the "Aloha from Hawaii" horseshoe ring, his American flag pin, Elvis’ ID bracelet and the big Maltese cross. Hayes continues to make Elvis-inspired pieces including both his fine and fashion lines featuring items made from the original molds of the kings’ jewelry.

Linda Deutsch

Fan Club Presidents’ Event
At the age of 12 years old, Linda Deutsch launched one of the first Elvis Presley fan clubs and published a fan newspaper that was distributed to 300 members around the world. She learned then what it would be like to be a journalist. She is now known as the nation’s leading expert in coverage of high profile trials. Before moving into trial coverage full time, Linda covered Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan. In 2010 she received the American Judicature Society’s Toni House Journalism Award which cited her 45 years of service. Throughout it all, her dedication to Elvis never waned and has become an integral part of her legacy.

Jimmy Snow

Fan Club Presidents’ Event
Jimmy Rodgers Snow is the son of country music legend Hank Snow. Prior to becoming an evangelist in 1958, he worked in show business himself, performing on radio, television and live concerts. He recorded with RCA for seven years and worked closely with Elvis Presley, along with other artists such as Bill Haley and The Comets, Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash. In 1965, Snow built and began ministering to a large, non-denominational church in Nashville where he has helped produce movies, written books and hosted the "Grand Ole Gospel Time" at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Joe Moscheo

Conversations on Elvis, Elvis: That’s The Way It Is Screening
Recently retired from Elvis’ Imperials, Joe Moscheo toured with Elvis in the late '60s and early '70s. As a member of The Imperials, Moscheo has been inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame and the World of Gospel Music for his individual contributions. Moscheo will return to Elvis Week for a special on-stage guest appearance, as well as join Terry Blackwood and The Imperials on stage for a farewell performance during the screening of "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" at the Memphis Orpheum.

Terry Blackwood

Conversations on Elvis
Terry Blackwood is the son of Doyle Blackwood, original co-founder of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Terry's distinctive vocal styling has been featured on many chart topping singles while associated with two highly acclaimed vocal groups - "Elvis' Imperials" and "Andrus, Blackwood & Co." Terry is currently singing selected solo dates at churches around the country and also with The Imperials around the world and here in the U.S. 

Joe Petruccio

Official Elvis Insiders Event
Bringing the art of portraits to an entirely new level, Joe Petruccio has combined his drawing and painting skills to create a most fascinating and compelling style of his own. Petruccio's ever-growing series of paintings and drawings of Elvis have always been a driving force in his life. Joe is highly respected and collected among many people in the music and entertainment industry. His works hang in the collections of notables such as Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Sylvester Stallone, among many others.

Entertainment

The Memphis Boys

Memphis Boys Salute
The Memphis Boys are a self-named rhythm section whose professional careers began in and around Memphis in the early sixties. In the earlier stages of their career, they boast about having played on more hit recordings during a six month period than any other studio rhythm section in history (Billboard Magazine). Among these hits are: Elvis' "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain." Decades later, The Memphis Boys are still entertaining several generations of fans.

Elvis' Imperials

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is Screening
Elvis' Imperials Terry Blackwood and Joe Moscheo worked on a regular basis with Elvis on stage and in the recording studio from 1969 until the latter half of 1971, beginning with his triumphant 1969 Las Vegas engagement. Over the years, the group in its various membership incarnations have released over forty albums, racking up 12 Grammy Awards and 13 of the gospel field's Dove Awards. The Imperials' have all been inducted into Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame. This will be a special farewell performance by Joe Moscheo who recently has retired from the group.

Terry Blackwood and The Imperials

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is Screening, Elvis Gospel Celebration
Terry Blackwood who performed alongside Elvis with The Imperials, has joined forces with Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor, creating a contemporary gospel sound. Members of the group during the time they worked with Elvis on stage included: Terry Blackwood, Greg Gordon, Armond Morales, Joe Moscheo, Jim Murray, and Roger Wiles. Terry Blackwood and The Imperials will join Joe Moscheo on stage during the "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" Screening for a special farewell performance to Moscheo. 

Terry Mike Jeffrey

Memphis Boys Salute, Elvis Gospel Celebration
Terry Mike Jeffrey is a singer, Emmy-nominated songwriter, entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, musical director, arranger and actor. He was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and was singing on stage by the age of 3. Throughout childhood he'd mastered the guitar, piano, sax, and drums. Terry Mike has received critical praise from the New York Times, Variety, LA Times, and Music Row Magazine. He has had Network TV appearances on NBC's Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN's Showbiz Today and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.

Scat Springs

Memphis Boys Salute
Joining the legendary Memphis Boys, Scat Springs is considered one of Nashville's best singers and one of the greatest entertainers in the Music City. Performing Elvis' favorite generes of music, Scat Springs incorporates high energy songs and powerful ballads with a show that includes humor, dancing and Elvis fan participation. With a classic twist of rock 'n' roll and R&B, Scat continues to stun audiences with his exceptional music range and uncanny knack to force even the most reserved audience members to the dance floor.  

Jennifer Chi

Memphis Boys Salute
Jennifer Cihi has been performing since she was a young girl in San Francisco, California. Before reaching her teen years, she landed the role of Pepper in the National Tour of "Annie." After establishing herself as a Broadway performer, she moved to Los Angeles, where she honed her skills as a professional singer. Without skipping a beat, Jennifer made the transition from stage to screen playing the lead singer on Nickelodeon’s hit TV show "Roundhouse." Some of her most recognizable recordings have been the famed Hot Pockets national jingle as well as jingles for TV’s "Third Rock from the Sun" and "Suddenly Susan."

DJ Argo

Jailhouse Rock Movie & Dance Party
Dance the night away with an Elvis Presley tribute as Elvis Radio's DJ Argo plays your favorite Elvis music. Argo, who spun tracks at previous Elvis Week dance parties, is celebrating his 10th anniversary at Elvis Radio and loves meeting people from all around the world who visit Graceland. In addition to his involvement in various Elvis-related events, Argo produces special events with individuals and municipalities, like fireworks displays and concerts.

A Cappella Groups


Acoustikats

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King
Southern charm with a whole lot of swag. Hailing from the commonwealth of Kentucky, these 'Kats got their start serenading sororities at the University of Kentucky 21 years ago, but have recently taken their music to a whole new level. In 2013, the Acoustikats appeared on Season 4 of NBC's hit a cappella competition "The Sing Off" and have since had the opportunity to perform at many venues across the country from the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, to the "Sing Off Live Tour" at Lousiville's Palace Theatre. They will be performing an a cappella Elvis Presley tribute, along with several other a cappella groups. Learn more about this group by visiting Acoustikats.com.

All-Night Yahtzee

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King
All-Night Yahtzee is a co-ed a cappella group beginning its 17th year at Florida State University. Yahtzee performs a variety of events year-round in their hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, and are so excited to be in Memphis! They compete in the International Competition for Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) annually and had a very successful run this year coming in first place at their quarterfinal and third at their semifinal. They are so grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate how Elvis music transcends time and space. Learn more about this group by visiting the FSU All-Night Yahtzee Facebook page.

Briarcrest OneVoice

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King
Under the direction of J.D. Frizzell, OneVoice has quickly become a high-profile musical entity at Briarcrest Christian School, throughout the Mid-South, and around the United States. Performing popular music of many styles and periods, OneVoice incorporates blues, jazz, rock, R&B, pop, and more into their repertoire. Annually, the ensemble records an album in one of the best studios in the region, The Grove. They have performed with GRAMMY Award winning vocal group New York Voices and professional a cappella group Overboard. Learn more about this group by visiting Facebook.com/BriarcrestOneVoice.

The James Madison University BluesTones

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King
The BluesTones are an award-winning all-female a cappella group from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They were founded in February of 1999, and have been featured on "Voices Only" and "Best of College A Cappella," two renowned national compilation albums, making them a force to be reckoned with. Recently, The BluesTones were also awarded three Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) in the categories of Best Female Collegiate Album (“Do Not Cross”), Best Country Song (“Better Dig Two”) and Best Female Collegiate Soloist – Nina Beaulieu, on “Lie to Me." Beyond JMU, the BluesTones have toured extensively on the East Coast, and also have competed in ICCAs and SoJam A Cappella Festival. Learn more about this group by visiting TheJMUBluestones.com.

Vanderbilt Melodores

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King
The Vanderbilt Melodores, hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, are excited to begin their sixth year as a group. Despite their young age, the Melodores received a warm welcome from the a cappella community and are humbled by the amount of support they have been able to garner across the nation. In 2011, the Melodores placed third in the world at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals in New York City. In 2013, they placed third in the SoJam A Cappella Festival's Collegiate Competition, and in 2014 they placed first in their ICCA Quarterfinal. The Melodores have released two studio albums, 2010's "Rain Check" and 2013's "Encore," which both received positive reviews. Learn more about this group by visiting Melodores.com.

Elvis Tribute Artists


Dean Z

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round
Dean Z, the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist champion, will join fans for a special performance during the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round. The year 2014 has been a banner year for Dean, who has booked dozens of shows on several continents. Dean Z has dedicated his entire life to honoring the legacy of Elvis Aaron Presley, the "King of Rock 'n' Roll." From his early days growing up in the high desert of Lancaster, California, to stages across the globe, he has shown time and again, he is one of the best in the business today.

2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists

Ultimate ETA Contest Showcase, Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinal Round
Elvis tribute artists from around the world will compete at Elvis Week 2014. In response to the excitement generated by previous contests, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest features some of the most skilled Elvis tribute artists in the world. See our list of 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semifinalists.

Change of Habit Tribute Band

Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinal and Final Rounds
The Change of Habit Tribute Band (COH) hails from Chicago, Illinois. They have been touring the world for the last 10 years. COH takes pride in replicating every era of Elvis Presley's magical career with professionalism, energy and authenticity. Veterans of the Elvis tribute industry, the musicians of COH have devoted over 20 years of their individual music careers to keeping the memory of Elvis alive. COH has formed special friendships and stage chemistry with the ETAs throughout the past years and they are happy to be bringing that power to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest this year. Whether it is a contest, concert, festival or special event, COH's devotion to their craft has made them one of the most exciting Elvis Presley tribute bands in the industry.