Graceland Insiders Conference Guests to Share Their Favorite Elvis Memories

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Graceland Insiders Conference Guests to Share Their Favorite Elvis Memories

At the Official Graceland Insiders Conference on August 14, attendees will get a chance to know Elvis a little better.

Our special guests for the day will share their favorite memories of Elvis - whether is it from time on stage, in the studio, on the movie set, touring in the early days, or spending some time with Elvis in his hometown of Memphis.

Check out a list of the event's special guests:

DJ Fontana

DJ Fontana was Elvis' drummer for 14 years and played on over 460 RCA cuts with Elvis. Fontana began his incredible career as a staff drummer in 1953 on the famous Lousiana Hayride. While working on the Hayride in 1954, DJ met Elvis and formed a common bond of friendship and admiration for each other's immense talents. DJ, Scotty Moore and Bill Black formed Elvis' original band. DJ received the Nashville Music Award for the Best Independent Album of the Year in 1998 for the song "Going Back to Memphis" and was also nominated for a Grammy in 1998 for the CD "All the King's Men."

Estelle Brown

Singer Estelle Brown is a member of The Sweet Inspirations, and the group began performing and recording with Elvis in 1969. The group can be seen and heard on "Elvis: That's The Way It Is," "Aloha From Hawaii," "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis" and the 2006 concert, "Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert." The group performed and recorded with many artists, such as Dusty Springfield, Jimi Hendrix and Van Morrison. The group also recorded numerous albums and have continued to perform at Elvis-related events.

Ray Walker

Ray Walker began singing bass in The Jordanaires in 1958. He and his fellow Jordanaires help mold the genre of country music known as the "Nashville Sound," singing backup harmonies to such artists as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton and many more. The Jordanaires have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame. Ray was individually inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame as well.

David Fleischman

David was the lead singer for Flash and the Board of Directors, who played extensively throughout the Mid-South in the 1960s and 1970s and did four national tours as the opening act for Paul Revere and the Raiders. His band also played several of Elvis’ New Year’s Eve parties. David has had an extensive career in the record business, including working at Atlantic Records and MCA Records. In 1997, David left MCA and started his own independent promotion company, David Fleischman Promotions which he still runs. David has been involved in the promotion of Abba, AC/DC, Bee Gees, Blues Brothers, Glen Campbell, George Carlin, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Alice Cooper, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Roberta Flack, Foreigner, Genesis, Hall & Oates, B.B. King, Ben E. King, Led Zeppelin, Julian Lennon, Meatloaf, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Robert Plant, the Rolling Stones, Roxie Music, Rush,  Sister Sledge and many more. In addition, David has held positions with the local chapter of the Recording Academy (NARAS) and sat on the board of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. In August of 2006, David and partner Jon Scott started, an internet radio station playing and supporting Memphis Music.

Marilyn Riehl 

Marilyn Riehl was Elvis' girlfriend who was there for the famous Million Dollar Quartet session at Sun Studio. A California native, Marilyn studied dance from a young age and was a dancer in Las Vegas when she met Elvis in 1956. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1960 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in ballet. She danced for 10 years with Pacific Ballet San Francisco, touring with community concerts across the western United States. She moved to Fresno, California, in 1973, where she directed the Fresno Ballet Company for 12 years and taught ballet in a private studio. Upon retiring, she took up Middle Eastern dance and has volunteered for the last 15 years as a genealogist at the local Family History Center.

The Official Graceland Insiders Conference is from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., with a break for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The conference also includes a special segment with Graceland's Director of Archives, Angie Marchese, called #AskArchives. She'll answer questions from fans using artifacts from the Graceland Archives. Graceland photographer Robert Dye will discuss Al Wertheimer and his photographs of Elvis. There will also be a few special videos shown for the first time.

This event isn't just for Graceland Insiders! Tickets are on sale now - and this the last week to purchase tickets online in advance. If you aren't a Graceland Insider, join today.

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 9:17 AM
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