Elvis Week Day 5 - Elvis' VIPs
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Elvis Week Day 5 - Elvis' VIPs

You could say the theme of Sunday's Elvis Week events was Elvis' VIPs.


The Official Graceland Insiders Conference took place Sunday morning and lasted into the afternoon, with Elvis' favorite fellow musicians and a former girlfriend taking the stage to recall their memories of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.


Guest David Fleischman kicked off the event and talked about how he and his band played Elvis' New Year's Eve parties. Marilyn Riehl, who was Elvis' girlfriend in 1956 and was there the night of the Million Dollar Quartet session. She talked about meeting Elvis in Las Vegas and how he asked her out by writing on a napkin.


A few singers who backed up Elvis on stage and in the studio remembered Elvis, too. Ray Walker of the Jordanaires kept he audience laughing with his funny Elvis stories and even taught host Tom Brown how to sing by teaching him the same practice methods he taught to Elvis. Estelle Brown of the Sweet Inspirations shared her story of meeting Elvis for the first time and how he told her he wasn't her boss, but her brother.


Elvis' drummer DJ Fontana also had the crowd laughing with his tales of Elvis' sense of humor. But then DJ was in for a surprise - the city of Memphis honored him with a Beale Street Note, which honors Memphis musicians and will be put on display on Beale Street.


That evening, Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill, former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet; Terry Blackwood, Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor of Terry Blackwood and The Imperials; Andy Childs and Terry Mike Jeffrey took to the stage for the Gospel Music of Elvis Presley concert event. They all performed a few of Elvis' favorite gospel songs, and they even gave a microphone to Estelle Brown, who was enjoying the show in the audience. The powerful concert ended with all of the performers joining in for "How Great Thou Art." 


Elvis Week blogger Jon Waterhouse spent some quality time with some of the Elvis VIPs that were in attendance yesterday, so be sure to check out his blog: "The Legends I Met Yesterday."


Don't forget to look for Elvis Week photos in the photo gallery!

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 10:19 PM
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