Elvis Week Day 7 - 'Thinking of You'

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Elvis Week Day 7 - 'Thinking of You'

Thousands of Elvis fans lit a candle and held it up to the sky in remembrance of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.

Fans from around the world, of all ages, from different backgrounds, came together to pay their respects to Elvis during the Candlelight Vigil. The theme for this year's vigil was "Thinking of You."

You can watch the vigil here, and check out our Elvis Week blogger Jon Waterhouse's coverage of the evening, too.

Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston, a member of The Sweet Inspirations, who sang backup for Elvis, kicked off Wednesday with her appearance at the Conversations on Elvis: Gospel event. She talked about how much she and her fellow Inspirations loved working for Elvis, and how funny and kind he was. Before leaving the stage, she blew a kiss to the audience.

Former members of The Stamps Quartet, Ed Hill, Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize and Larry Strickland, plus Terry Blackwood and Jimmy Murray, who performed with Elvis as part of The Imperials, also shared their memories of gospel jam sessions and what it was like to work for the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

On Wednesday afternoon, outlaw country star Dale Watson brought a unique flavor to Elvis Week with his Musical Salute to Elvis show. He sang a few Elvis covers, but also sang his own tunes. He also brought special guests, Jerry Phillips and The Blackwood Brothers, on stage for a special performance. Celine Lee & the Tennessee Three and Gladys & Maybelle opened the show. 

Ahead of last night's Candlelight Vigil, Elvis Week host Tom Brown and Graceland VP of Archives Angie Marchese took viewers on a ride on a golf cart around the Graceland property. Watch the video below!

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 4:37 PM
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