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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.
With Elvis Week 2019 just a few weeks away, Graceland is excited to announce event more guests have been added to the line-up and events.
These guests include musicians who performed and sang with Elvis, researchers and historians who have studied Elvis’ music and career, and more.
Check out the new announcements below – and visit ElvisWeek.com for the full schedule and to purchase your tickets.
In addition to his Graceland Soundstage concert on August 13, Ronnie Milsap will also share his stories and memories of Elvis at the American Sound Studio Panel on August 13.
Ronnie Milsap in Concert, American Sound Studio Panel
Six-time GRAMMY Award winning singer Ronnie Milsap is one of the most successful country music artists of all time and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Ronnie is also a 12-time ACM and CMA winner, has sold over 30 million albums and has had 40 #1 hits. As a session player for Chips Moman at American Sound, Ronnie played on Elvis’ “Kentucky Rain” and sang harmony on “Don’t Cry Daddy.” In addition, Ronnie performed for two of Elvis’ New Year’s Eve parties and would later go on to record “Smokey Mountain Rain,” where he paid tribute to “Kentucky Rain” by incorporating the same sound of thunder that Elvis used.
BJ Thomas will be part of the American Sound Studio Panel on August 13 and the American Sound 50th Anniversary Concert on August 14.
American Sound Studio Panel, American Sound 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Five-time GRAMMY Award winning singer BJ Thomas has topped the pop, country and gospel music charts with hits like “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” which won the Academy Award for best original song in 1969. Thomas recorded both of those hits at American Sound Studio in Memphis. Elvis’ cover of Thomas’ hit “I Just Can’t Help Believin’” was featured in Elvis’ documentary and soundtrack, “That’s The Way It Is,” and the song became a hit for the king, too. BJ Thomas has written two books, including his autobiography, “Home Where I Belong,” and has starred in two movies. Several commercial jingles, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Bell, have featured his music. In 2013, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Mark James will be part of the American Sound Studio Panel on August 13.
American Sound Studio Panel
Songwriter Mark James penned hits for singers such as Brenda Lee, B.J. Thomas and Elvis Presley – most notably, Elvis’ hit “Suspicious Minds.” Elvis also sang several more of James’ tunes, including “Moody Blue” and “Always On My Mind.” James worked closely with Memphis producer Chips Moman as Elvis recorded at Moman’s studio, and James was a staff songwriter for Moman’s publishing company. James was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.
In addition to his appearance at The Ultimate Return on August 11, Shawn will also join Dean Z on August 10 for Elvis Unplugged: On Tour at the Guest House Theater.
First-Ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner, 2007; The Ultimate Return; Elvis Unplugged: On Tour
Shawn Klush of Pittston, Pennsylvania, has traveled the world paying tribute to his musical idol, Elvis. Since winning the Ultimate ETA Contest in Memphis, he has starred as Elvis in the TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and HBO’s TV show, “Vinyl.” Klush has been a featured performer on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and won many awards for his performance as Elvis.
Music historian Ernst Jorgensen will join the American Sound Panel on August 14 and Elvis in Vegas Panel on August 17.
American Sound Studio Panel; Elvis in Vegas Panel
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen joined BMG in 1988 and became a member of the committee founded to restore the entire Elvis Presley catalog. With the 1992 5-CD box set "The King of Rock 'n' Roll - The Complete Masters," the project earned Grammy nominations, worldwide sales of close to a million copies and a glowing Rolling Stone review calling the package "monumental." Produced by Ernst and his partner Roger Semon, the box set spurred two decades of restoration of the Elvis Presley catalog, with Jorgensen as a central figure as both producer from researcher/historian. Ernst has been a part of many Elvis books and releases, including: "A Life in Music," his groundbreaking and definitive study of Elvis' recording sessions; "Day by Day," a lavishly produced account of Elvis' life and music with Peter Guralnick; and "A Boy from Tupelo," his 500-page study on the earliest part of Elvis' career. Ernst and Roger Semon also run the collectors label, "Follow That Dream," releasing rare and historical Elvis performances.
John Jackson from Sony/Legacy Recordings will join the Elvis in Vegas Panel on August 17 and the new Elvis Live 1969 release.
Elvis in Vegas Panel
John Jackson graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with the world's first BA in Rock and Roll History via the school's prestigious Individualized Major Program. His senior thesis work concentrated on the life and music of Elvis Presley and how he shaped the multi-media age. John began working at Sony Music's Legacy Recordings in 1998 and has since worked on catalog releases with the company's biggest acts, including AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson and Roy Orbison. He's currently the Vice President of A&R and Content Development at Legacy Recordings, where he oversees all audio, visual and packaging for releases.
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