Top 12 Moments for Elvis Presley's Graceland in 2013 - Happy New Year!!

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Top 12 Moments for Elvis Presley's Graceland in 2013 - Happy New Year!!

As Elvis Presley's Graceland gears up to celebrate 60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll in 2014, we wanted to take a look back at some of the biggest moments for the king during 2013. Be sure to keep up with the latest Elvis news by following @VisitGraceland on Twitter and liking Elvis Presley's Graceland on Facebook.

From the Graceland family to yours - Happy New Year Elvis fans!

1. Graceland is voted "#1 Iconic American Attraction" by USA Today and 10Best readers.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland was selected as’s “Best Iconic

American Attraction” by readers of USA TODAY. In a multi-week voting

period that lasted through September 9, readers from across the country

voted on the American attraction that best represents the United States.

View complete article.

2. Elvis named the "#1 Streamed Music Artist of the Past Decade" by SoundExchange.

In an article posted on USA TODAY,

Elvis still reigned as king in the world of digitally streamed music.

According to SoundExchange, Elvis ranked as the most frequently streamed

artist of the past decade.

"I find it interesting you've got Elvis Presley, you've got The

Beatles," said SoundExchange's Vice President of Communication Marie

Knowles on "They're among the most listened to on this new platform. These are iconic rock acts, and they've got staying power."

Read complete USA TODAY article.

3. Elvis fans celebrate the 40th Anniversary of "Aloha from Hawaii" with a special screening at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.

On the evening of January 14, 2013, "Aloha from Hawaii" returned to the

same place for a one-night only enhanced screening celebrating the

concert seen by over a billion people worldwide. The anniversary

screening featured re-mastered video projected on multiple screens

recreating the thrill of being there 40 years ago to the day. Elvis fans

packed the Neal Blaisdell Center, the same venue where 40 years

earlier, Elvis took the stage for the concert that became the most

watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. In

honor of the king's groundbreaking performances in 1973, Hawaii

Governor Neil Abercrombie declared January 14, 2013, as "Elvis, Aloha

from Hawai'i via Satellite Day."

4. Sir Paul McCartney visits Graceland for the first time.

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, Sir Paul McCartney

made the rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Graceland where he left behind his

personal guitar pick stating, "So Elvis could play his guitar in

heaven." During his tour, he was offered a rare glimpse inside the Graceland

Archives. To maintain the integrity of Elvis' instruments, the archive

staff has them tuned regularly. So who better to tune Elvis' guitar than

the song-writing legend. McCartney briefly played Elvis’ 1956 Gibson

J200 guitar while humming the famous Elvis tune "Loving You."

5. Lisa Marie Presley performs in the Jungle Room at Graceland and at Memphis’ Levitt Shell for the first time.

Recollecting her experience, Lisa mentions, “It was a very comfortable

and surreal experience to finally perform for the first time in my

childhood home and experience the acoustics of the Jungle Room, which my

father also recorded in.”

Watch more videos of her Jungle Room performance.

Lisa Marie performed for a packed house at the historic Levitt Shell in Memphis on Saturday, September 21, 2013. In true Presley fashion, Lisa Marie

rocked the night away in her debut at the Levitt Shell - the very same

venue where her father first headlined in 1954.  Evidence of Lisa's

musical heritage filled the outdoor performance pavilion as she gave a

show-stopping performance of "Lights Out" and her new, swampy-style

version of "Idiot" written alongside her husband, Michael Lockwood.

6. ENCORE Presents the Elvis Movie Collection in May

For the entire month of May, ENCORE played your favorite films starring the legendary King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis fans had the opportunity to participate in our first-ever live Tweet-A-Longs on Twitter and enter to win an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Graceland and the Big Easy, where Elvis filmed one of his favorite movies "King Creole." 

7. Mother Dolores Hart, actress-turned-nun who starred with Elvis in “Loving You” and “King Creole,” comes to Graceland as a special guest during Elvis Week 2013.

Elvis fans had the chance to hear the remarkable story of Mother Dolores Hart, a Hollywood starlit turned nun who worked with Elvis in his early filming career, during Elvis Week 2013.

Elvis' former "Loving You" and "King Creole" co-star appeared on the

Elvis Week Main Stage during Conversations on Elvis on August 14,

2013. Mother Dolores' new book, “The Ear of the Heart: An Actress" Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows,” details her fascinating life and journey toward God.

See more highlights from Elvis Week 2013.

8. Little Ella Mae goes viral singing Elvis’ "American Trilogy."

No one can forget this singing cutie in 2013. Just when you thought Elvis fans could not get any more incredible, along came 20-month-old Ella Mae. Around the 1:00

mark, the tiny Elvis fan begins her performance singing along to the

king's classic "American Trilogy." Ella Mae, well-versed on her Elvis music, takes on the

hit like a pro and even quotes some of Elvis' speaking parts. Fans can

also catch her leading the legendary orchestra moment at 4:24 with a full-on back-seat performance.

9. Charles “Chip” Esten from ABC’s “Nashville” headlines the Graceland Lighting Ceremony and writes a song for the event “The Lights of Graceland.”

Inspired by his own love of the king, Esten performed "The Lights of

Graceland" on Friday, November 22, as thousands of Elvis fans tuned in

world-wide via LiveStream

and hundreds gathered in the Graceland Plaza for the 2013 Lighting Ceremony.

After being asked to flip the switch, Chip stated this was a

dream come true and felt it was only necessary to honor the king with a

special song. Fans can download "The Lights of

Graceland" by visiting the iTunes store. All proceeds will benefit the Elvis

Presley Charitable Foundation.

10. Southwest Airlines launches service in Memphis with first Elvis tribute artist to perform at 30,000 feet.

Let's not forget the epic performance at 30,000 feet as the City of Memphis and Elvis Presley's Graceland welcomed Southwest Airlines' new flights! Fans rocked gold shades and enjoyed Elvis music at the Memphis

International Airport as the Memphis family welcomed Southwest Airlines

for the first time. Passengers aboard the first flight from Chicago to

Memphis were in for a

surprise when they received free Elvis shades and passes to Graceland,

along with Elvis tribute artist finalist Brandon Bennett performing

Elvis tunes

at 35,000 feet in the air and 2013 Ultimate ETA Dean Z serenading passengers at Memphis International.

11. Graceland celebrates 45th Anniversary of the "68 Special"

In celebration of the 45th anniversary, Elvis Presley's Graceland opened the newly expanded "'68 Special" Exhibit on December 3, 2013. The new exhibit features original artifacts from this legendary televised event that took place on December 3, 1968, on NBC. The expanded exhibit features an interactive video experience, never-displayed-before pages of the script with Elvis’ handwritten notes and his outfit from the club production scene, including the jacket worn during his visit with President Richard Nixon in 1970. 

Learn more about the recently expanded "68 Special" Exhibit at Graceland.

12. Elvis Tribute Artist Week on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

It was Elvis Week at the Ed Sullivan Theater during February of 2013, as the "Late Show with David Letterman" featured nightly performances from some of our Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winners. As part of Elvis Week on "The Late Show," Elvis tribute artists took the stage in classic Elvis attire and performed some of the king's classics.

Learn more about the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

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