Graceland Blog - August 2014

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Welcome to the official blog of Elvis Presley’s Graceland! You can take Elvis-inspired quizzes, get first-looks on events here at Graceland and how-to guides on everything you need to know about Elvis and his home. Like Elvis, we come with a little southern charm

Top 10 Moments of Elvis Week 2014

By Jon Waterhouse With the whirlwind of Elvis Week 2014 now at a close, the task of putting it all into words remains a challenge. Having another opportunity to be dropped in the eye of this event’s hurricane gives me the unique perspective of what an enormous impact Elvis has and continues to have on millions. Elvis Week is the embodiment of that impact and a celebration like no other. Yet probably the most amazing result of Elvis Week is the overflowing feeling of camaraderie,... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Elvis Week Day 8: Elvis Takes the Big Screen

By Jon Waterhouse Walk a mile in my shoes? Yesterday I ran three miles in my shoes for the Elvis Presley 5K. After defying my snooze button, I barely made it to the race on time. I arrived to find Elvis Presley Boulevard packed to the gills with runners ready to slap sneakers on the pavement. Before long we were all off and running down Elvis Presley Boulevard. Soon we cut down a residential street. As I fought to keep a steady pace, I looked up to see a guy running in a full... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Sunday, August 17, 2014
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Elvis Week Day 7: Remembering the King - Elvis Presley

By Jon Waterhouse We’ve heard the old adage “time flies when you’re having fun.” Yet Tom Brown, host of yesterday’s sold-out Conversations on Elvis, proved there’s a reason we’re still saying it. Elvis Week’s ace host has the ability to make three hours feel like 15 minutes. Time breezed by as he chatted with Elvis’s “Kissing Cousins” co-star Cynthia Pepper; Joe Moscheo and Terry Blackwood of The Imperials;... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Saturday, August 16, 2014
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Elvis Week Day 6: Big Things Happening at Graceland

By Jon Waterhouse BREAKING GROUND AT THE GUEST HOUSE With the Memphis sun beaming down its approval, fans, Graceland staff and dignitaries gathered for the groundbreaking of The Guest House at Graceland, a resort hotel planned to open in fall of 2016. After Jack Soden unveiled a large rendering of the property and several speakers followed, Priscilla Presley offered closing thoughts. She explained that Elvis always wanted this property, and acquiring it was a dream come true.... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Friday, August 15, 2014
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Elvis Week Day 5: Dreams Come True at Elvis Week

By Jon Waterhouse Call it cliche, but dreams come true at Elvis Week. In fact, the whole shebang revolves around one man’s dream that reverberated into reality. And we’re still feeling the results of that dream today. Nowhere was it more apparent than yesterday at Graceland’s Main Stage. The Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event centered around the charitable efforts of Elvis fan clubs, keeping the king’s dedication to giving in tact. AP Writer Linda Deutsch was also the... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Elvis Week Day 4: A Day in the Life of an Elvis Tribute Artist

By Jon Waterhouse Oh, the life of the ETA. They get to shroud themselves in the coolest of shimmering stage wear, bask in the warmth of adoring fans and take their Elvis appreciation to the stage. These guys have it made. Am I right? Not so fast, Lucky Jackson. What we fans don’t see are the grueling hours of prep, the mounting pressure and the unrelenting frustrations that can knock the wind out of your morale. So for Elvis Week 2014, I decided to pull back the ETA... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Elvis Week Day 3: Where is Elvis in Memphis?

By Jon Waterhouse Memphis music history runs thicker than the barbecue sauce at Marlowe’s. Thankfully fans have the opportunity to sink their teeth into several historical music experiences and walk away with mouthfuls of blues, rock and soul knowledge. For Elvis lovers, there are plenty of kingly nibbles along the way. Yesterday I took to the streets to explore a trio of museums specializing in Memphian music lore. While I have a great appreciation and love for all of the... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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Elvis Week Day 2: Experiencing Graceland and Memphis

By Jon Waterhouse While covering Elvis Night at the Memphis Redbirds game on Saturday, Graceland photographer Robert Dye succinctly described Elvis Week as a roller coaster ride. “We’re just now going up the hill,” he said. “And now the ride begins.” Yeah it does, and on Sunday I had my figurative lap bar securely in place, ready and eager for every dip, twist, turn and gasp-inducing Elvis Week moment. My day began with an hour-long guest DJ set on... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Monday, August 11, 2014
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Elvis Week Day 1: Elvis Night with Memphis Redbirds

By Jon Waterhouse Elvis Week was starting off on the good foot, literally. I’d only been in Memphis for a few short hours, and there I stood in blue suede shoes getting a kingly dance lesson from Dean Z, the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner. Just outside the Memphis Redbirds locker room in the belly of AutoZone Park, Dean passed along some pointers. It was Elvis Night at the Redbirds game and among the activities: an Elvis dance contest. In the interest of... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Elvis Week Survival Guide

By Jon Waterhouse Having another opportunity to serve as Elvis Week Blogger —the eyes and ears of fellow fans— and share my big hunk o’ love for all things Elvis remains a huge honor. Now comes the time to put on my game face and curl my lip, dive head first into the deep end of Elvisness and take care of business in a flash. EPE and Graceland have quite the celebration in store, blending tried-and-true experiences with new additions and enhancements. Expect more shiny... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Thursday, August 7, 2014
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