Graceland Blog - August 2016

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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

Would You Rather - Elvis Presley Edition

Would you rather have been in the audience for the '68 Special or the Aloha from Hawaii special? Would you rather sit down and talk with Elvis' mother, Gladys, or his father, Vernon? What about having fun - would you rather ride motorcycles with Elvis, or ride horses with Elvis? This week on the Graceland Blog, we're having fun with an Elvis version of "Would You Rather?" Check out how your picks stack up against other Elvis fans! Play the game below!... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Friday, August 26, 2016
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10 Reasons Why This Year's Elvis Week Was The Best

By Jon Waterhouse During my Elvis Week 2014 blogging stint, the folks at Elvis Radio asked if I had a song that might encapsulate the event as it wrapped. My choice: “The Fair is Moving On.” Leaving Memphis after Elvis Week 2016, the bittersweet emotions return. Yeah, the fair moves on, but what a ride. I can honestly say, the 39th edition of Elvis Week ranks as one of my favorites, if not my all-time best. Why, you say? Below you’ll find 10 reasons in no... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Elvis Week Day 7 - Inspiring Moments at the 2016 Candlelight Vigil

By Jon Waterhouse It never fails. Even after attending multiple Candlelight Vigils, the annual fan gathering and tribute at Graceland on the eve of the anniversary of Elvis’ death, I become awestruck at the event. This year, collective emotions arguably higher than ever, the amount of love pouring forth like the unrelenting rain inspired me to no end. Fans of every color, creed and geographic origin imaginable came together, a visual answer to Walter Earl Brown’s lyrics... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Elvis Week Day 6 - The Legends I Met Yesterday

By Jon Waterhouse As a dyed-in-the-wool king fan, the gift of being the Elvis Week blogger never goes unnoticed. Being the eyes and ears of the Elvis faithful means I get the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the people who not only helped Elvis change the face of music, but also had a personal impact on me. Yeah, I’m a lucky Peabody duck. THE LEGENDS I MET YESTERDAY Ray Walker of the Jordanaires Through the backstage door of the Main Stage at... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Monday, August 15, 2016
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Elvis Week Day 5 - The Top 5 Coolest Things I Did Yesterday

By Jon Waterhouse A tornado of activity swirling around on Saturday had me all shook up, in a good way. The thrill of Elvis Week began hitting its peak. The excitement of fantastic events, the love and passion found in fellow fans, and unadulterated fun hit the fevered pitch of a Bill Baize high note. Now I sit in my hotel lobby noshing on breakfast reflecting on the day’s events. Man, I’m a fortunate son in this international Elvis family. Smack me, Kid Galahad, I must... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Sunday, August 14, 2016
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Elvis Week Day 4 - Elvis 101

By Jon Waterhouse Somebody get me my cap and gown. I think I just graduated from the College of Elvis Knowledge. Yesterday morning I bee-lined to the Main Stage at Graceland for Elvis 101. Some of the top Elvis scholars on the planet, including author Peter Guralnick, Dr. Charles Hughes from Rhodes College, and John Jackson and Ernst Jorgensen from Sony, dispensed a wealth of information on the king of rock ‘n’ roll. I like to think I know my Elvis trivia more than... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Saturday, August 13, 2016
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Elvis Blog, Day 3: Elvis' Style

BY JON WATERHOUSE In tandem with Elvis’ musical prowess and undeniable presence, his personal style and flair for fashion commands equal attention and influence. As bold and vibrant as the man himself, his style leaned toward chromatic colors, glistening bling and dressing to the nines, even when just hanging on the couch. Yesterday’s Designing for the King event found my pal, ace Elvis Week emcee Tom Brown, interviewing a trio of guys who helped Elvis with his kingly style. Hal Lansky,... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Friday, August 12, 2016
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Elvis Week Day 2: Top 5 Things I Noticed on Guest House at Graceland Tour

By Jon Waterhouse Miracles happen at Elvis Week, and today I’m living proof. After a wonderful yesterday morning at Graceland, the next six hours panned out like this: A head-shaving accident and a cut that wouldn’t stop bleeding; leaving the doctor’s office and breaking down on Interstate 55; receiving help from Memphis’ finest; an expensive tow truck ride to a local mechanic; and no rental cars to be found. Alas, good fortune began appearing in the... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Thursday, August 11, 2016
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Elvis Week Day 1: The First Five Things I Noticed at Elvis Week

BY JON WATERHOUSE A flat tire just 30 minutes from Graceland, the unapologetic Memphis heat and the waning effects of copious coffee don’t deter me from my mission. Rolling into town just before the Graceland office closes for the day, I’m able to drape my lanyard around my neck and start taking care of blogging business. No fret fellow fans, I’m on the case. If you see some over-excited bald guy buzzing about Elvis Week 2016, chances are it might be me. The... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Elvis Week By the Numbers

Elvis Week is one week away. The annual celebration of all things Elvis takes place at Graceland on August 10-16, and it’s chock full of events that will make any Elvis fan happy. Geek out at Elvis 101, get some style tips at Designing for the King, team up with your fellow Elvis fans at the Elvis Fan Reunion, dance the night away at the Elvis Sock Hop, cheer on your favorite Elvis tribute artist at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, hear directly from Elvis’... Read More
Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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