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3717 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Only 10 minutes from downtown and 3 minutes from the Memphis Airport.
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Free walk-ups to the Meditation Garden are daily from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Just a few weeks ago, we announced four more special guests for Elvis Week 2017 - and this week, we're adding even more.
James Burton, Gary Lockwood, David Porter, Joanne Cash, Armond Morales and Nancy Black Shockley will share their Elvis memories and connections during Elvis Week. Learn more about them below, and click here to see a list of all of our Elvis Week guests. Don't forget to get your tickets now - tickets are selling fast, and you won't want to miss a moment of this special Elvis Week!
Elvis Fan Reunion
2:00 PM, Friday, August 11
Guitarist James Burton organized Elvis' TCB Band and performed and recorded with Elvis from 1969-1977. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Burton has recorded and performed with artists such as Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, John Denver, Merle Haggard, Joni Mitchell, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and many more. He has also been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Conversations: Elvis in the Movies
10:00 AM, Thursday, August 17
Gary is a self-described cowboy-surfer dude, actor, rule-breaker, risk-taker, woodworker, and chef. Able to move easily between television and film, with a brief stint on Broadway, Gary first appeared in "Tall Story" with Jane Fonda, then "Splendor in the Grass" with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Many fans remember the two films he made with his friend Elvis Presley in the early 60s, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Wild in the Country." In 1963, Gene Roddenberry cast Gary to star in his own television series "The Lieutenant." Roddenberry later cast him again in the Star Trek pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before." Soon after, he was chosen by Stanley Kubrick to play Frank Poole in "2001: A Space Odyssey," today considered to be one of the finest science fiction films every made. Gary continued to work in film and television, gathering hundreds of fascinating anecdotes along the way, many of which will be included in his upcoming autobiography
Conversations: The Elvis Connection
10:00 AM, Friday, August 18
David Porter, internationally renowned songwriter and producer, is a Memphis native. He is a cornerstone of the legendary Stax Records of Memphis. He began his tenure at Stax Records before it was called Stax, and became the first African-American staff songwriter fort the company. Within two years, Isaac Hayes joined him as his co-writing partner and they became one of the top songwriting and producing teams in the country. Porter's songs have sold more than 300 million units worldwide. His most successful songs are "Soul Man," "Hold On I'm Coming," "When Something is Wrong With My Baby" and "I Thank You," to name a few. He also wrote Mariah Carey's hit "Dream Lover" and "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith. In June 2005, David was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He continues to write and produce, and he's a successful entrepreneur.
Joanne Cash Yates is a minister, author, recording artist and songwriter. Joanne and her husband, Dr. Harry Yates, have pioneered a ministry, Nashville Cowboy Church. She has recorded more than 30 albums, including a live album recorded with her brother Johnny, co-hosted the TV show "Crosscountry," and has written books. She has earned 10 #1 songs on the International Top 100 Country Gospel charts and has won many United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians Awards, including 2012 Entertainer of the Year, 2010 Crown Jewel Award/Soloist of the Year and 2007 Diamond Award. A Doctor of Ministry, Joanne has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, and has recently completed a documentary about her life, called "I Do Believe." She is also the consultant on the award-winning preservation of the Johnny Cash boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.
Memphis native Nancy Black Shockley is the daughter of bass player Bill Black, who, along with guitarist Scotty Moore, backed Elvis in his earliest days of his career. Nancy and her brother, Louis, have shared their memories of their father and Elvis at past Elvis Week events. Nancy is a musician as well and continues her father's musical legacy.
Armond Morales has made a name for himself as a member of The Imperials' original quartet. The group recorded and performed with Elvis from 1966-1971. The Imperials backed Elvis on his two Grammy Award-winning gospel albums, "How Great Thou Art" and "He Touched Me," and appeared alongside Elvis in the documentary "Elvis: That's The Way It Is." The Imperials have won many Grammy and Dove Awards and are members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
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