Elvis Week Day 4 - Insiders and Legends

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Elvis Week Day 4 - Insiders and Legends

The fourth day of Elvis Week was a busy one, but one full of Elvis stories and memories.

The Official Graceland Insiders Conference, which took place from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., with a 90-minute lunch break, featured guests from all aspects of Elvis' life, including his bodyguards, friends, girlfriends and more. Guests included rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, who talked about how Elvis encouraged her career; Elvis' bodyguards, Sam Thompson and Dick Grob, who shared hilarious tales of keeping the king safe; Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, who practiced karate with Elvis; "Lisa Marie" co-pilot Ron Strauss; Charles Stone, who helped promote Elvis' career; and Elvis' first girlfriend, Dixie Locke Emmons. Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling also stopped by for a surprise visit, and Priscilla also accepted two new Gold and Platinum awards for Elvis for his two albums with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Those awards are now on display at the Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum.

Afterward, Priscilla, Jerry, songwriter Mac Davis and Peter Guralnick joined host DJ Argo for a live Sirius XM Elvis Radio Town Hall broadcast from The Guest House at Graceland. Topics of discussion included Elvis' movie career, the songs Mac wrote for Elvis and much more.

The Guest House at Graceland Founders also enjoyed an Elvis Week reception last night at the Founders Room.

Last night's Band of Legends show was a special one, with musicians who played with Elvis sharing stories and songs. Hosted by Andy Childs, the show featured musicians Norbert Putnam (bass), David Briggs (piano), Memphis Boys’ Bobby Wood (piano) and Gene Chrisman (drummer) and guitarist Kerry Marx. Special guests, back-up singers Mary Holladay Pederson and Ginger Holladay and Mac Davis, made surprise appearances. The band performed tunes like "Unchained Melody," "Suspicious Minds" and "Sweet Caroline," and Mac closed the night with "In the Ghetto." 

Andy Childs talked about the show on Facebook Live at soundcheck - watch the video here.

Read more about last night's special concert - and a Q&A with Wanda Jackson - on Jon Waterhouse's Elvis Week blog.

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 2:51 PM
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