Elvis Presley is Everywhere

By Ayssa Long

We are just past the halfway point of Elvis Week 2015 and I don’t know about you, but I am having the time of my life! Whether you made the trip to Graceland this year, or you are following along at home, this Elvis Week is one for the books.

The thing that continues to amaze me is how Elvis is still such an influence in people’s lives and how he can still be found just about anywhere today.

He is found in street art.
There’s a mural in Downtown Memphis, at the intersection of Gayoso and South 4th Street, that is one of my favorites! It is found just a block off Beale Street and depicts a young Elvis Presley. It’s the perfect place for a picture! I just love how Elvis is still influence artists.


He is found as statues.
Another favorite Memphis landmark of mine is the Elvis Statue on Beale Street but this is definitely not the only statue that depicts the likeness of Elvis Presley. There are Elvis statues all over the world! There’s one on Mud Island, another Memphis spot, and one of 13 year old Elvis in Tupelo, Mississippi. There’s one in Shreveport, Louisiana, the home of the famous Louisiana Hayride and another in Honolulu, Hawaii commemorating the world’s first satellite television concert from 1973.


He is found in record stores.
We all know that CDs of Elvis’ classics songs are very available, but did you know new Elvis compositions are still being put together and released for fans? It’s true! This October, a new Elvis record will be released, “If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.” Yes, it will be Elvis singing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and it is going to be amazing! One of the most interesting things about this new record is that popular musicians from today had the opportunity to collaborate with Elvis. It’s incredible that he’s still influencing the music world!


He is found with the fans.
Pretty much anywhere in the world you can find an Elvis fan sporting an article of clothing with Elvis’ likeness on it. They are wearing their heart on their sleeve… literally. Well, some fans take this a step further! In my time around Graceland, I’ve spotted a few Elvis tattoos. I’ve even known a few fans to name their pets or even their children after the King. Personally, I decided to include Elvis on the biggest day of my life, my wedding day, and I know I’m not the only one who has done this.

Elvis’ memory lives on through the fans. Through the stories that they tell and through their contagious passion for the King of Rock n Roll. Elvis is still and incredible influence to the world and will definitely continue to be one for many years to come.


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  3. Just last year I learned that my brother, who is now a retired police officer, was actually backstage talking with Elvis at one of Elvis’ performances in Springfield, MA while his baby sister (me) was out in the audience!!! Never did my brother mention this until last year!!! And he never got me to go backstage with him! Imagine that! What a creep…my brother, that is!!! Imagine my “upset” when he told me this!!!

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