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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.
It was a day of love - in more ways than one - at Elvis Week on Monday.
The legendary Darlene Love - who performed alongside Elvis in the '68 Special and "Change of Habit," sang on the new Elvis gospel, "Where No One Stands Alone," is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and ranked No. 84 in Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time - rocked the Graceland Soundstage with an energetic performance. She sang her hits, a few Elvis covers - including "Love Me Tender" and "If I Can Dream" - as well as gospel songs, including some gospel songs she sang with Elvis. She shared stories of her career, including her Elvis memories.
Darlene began her day with Graceland's "Day of Love." Graceland opened its new wedding venue, The Chapel in the Woods, with a special wedding and a group vow renewal. Julie and Marc, who met at Elvis Week three years ago, tied the knot in the new chapel. Their wedding had a "blue suede" theme, complete with blue suede shoes on the couple and a lovely blue suede cake. Darlene sang her hit "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry" as Julie walked down the aisle. Get to know Marc and Julie with an interview with them at the bottom of this story.
That afternoon, 10 couples renewed their vows in a special ceremony at the new chapel.
Learn more about the new Chapel in the Woods on the Elvis Week blog, penned by our Elvis Week blogger, Jon Waterhouse.
Monday also included the fun Elvis Fan Reunion, where fans played Elvis trivia and enjoyed hearing from our Elvis Week hosts, Tom Brown, DJ Argo, Joey Sulipeck and Dean Z.
Norbert Putnam, who played bass for Elvis in the 1970s, spoke with Tom Brown about working with the king, and was then honored with a Beale Street Brass Note. Drake Milligan, who starred as Elvis in the CMT show "Sun Records," also spoke about the making of the show.
The day ended with the Elvis Week Dance Party, where DJ Argo kept the special "EP" dance floor full of dancers as he spun the best Elvis tunes.
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