August 16, 2018…41 years later

This is (sadly) the 41st anniversary of the death of Elvis Aron (Aaron) Presley. I am among the ever decreasing persons who were alive during Elvis’ career. I can remember that day like it was yesterday and that is saying something as my medical diagnosis, along with my daily observations/frustrations, impair (to varying degrees) my memory.

August 16, 1977 was a bright sunshine day where I lived/was born/was raised and the same is true in Memphis Tennessee where Elvis had his primary home. The home he purchased with his mother and father being Gladys Love (Smith) Presley and Vernon Elvis Presley. The home that was removed from the city. A home that part of the acres adjoin a church. A home that the previous owners named Graceland. A home that was the confirmation of the promise Elvis made repeatedly during his childhood of “mamma one day I am going to buy you a nice house”. A home where Gladys had her chickens. A home that, with some exceptions, looks similar now as it was when Elvis bought it. A home that Elvis loved. It is also (sadly) the location where Elvis died.

My heart and prayers go out to; Billy Jo Smith, Lisa Marie Presley, the Presley family, Kathy Westmoreland, Sandie Kaye Stevens, Sandi Pichon, Jerry Schilling, and others who I extend this apology to for not naming them in this blog post.

I learned today that Aretha Franklin died today as well. Interestingly she was from Memphis and she died on the day as Elvis i.e. August 16th. People called Elvis “the king” or “the king of rock and roll”. People called Aretha “the queen of soul”. Worth noting is that there is audio of Elvis in concert in the 1970s whereby a woman holds up a sign saying “Elvis is King” and Elvis responded “there is but one king Jesus Christ”.

Future generations may have access to so much about the life, onstage and off, of Elvis Presley. I can attest to the fact that there is far too much incorrect information. Bias. Disrespect. Conjecture concerning Elvis. I have always believed in facts, firsthand sources, and context. I am not one of those that believed Elvis walked on water or that he was perfect or that he made all the right decisions. Elvis was a man blessed by God, as we all are, with talents. Elvis bravely pursued his talents and the rest as they say is…history. It is my hope that long past the day I pass that some of my insights, opinions, knowledge of Elvis is read and put into proper context. That they don’t feed into the lies and half truths. That they enjoy his music. His films. His TV appearances. His concert, and personal, recordings. There are some good life lessons to be garnered about Elvis as a man, a Christian, who had a heart and passion for those who were poor and disadvantaged. Elvis was born and raised in bitter poverty and he embraced people of all types and music of all types. Elvis knew firsthand the challenges of being raised for a period of time by a single parent as his father was completing his time in jail/prison (note: Vernon did everything humanly possible to take responsibility, compensate the injured party in full, To not ever get into legal trouble again. Vernon was ashamed and embarrassed about this and in no way shape or form did this one act dictate who Vernon Presley was as a man, a father, and a husband. And the ONLY reason I bring this subject up is that so many don’t know of Elvis’ life and all of the hardships).

Take care and may God bless you.

PHOTOS are; Elvis while in his US Army stint (1958 – 1960), Elvis with Priscilla at Graceland circa 1967, Elvis with Priscilla on vacation circa 1968, Elvis with the Clara Ward singers circa 1960s, Elvis in front of Graceland with his Rolls Royce circa 1960s, and some of Elvis’ cars at his home in Memphis Tennessee being Audubon Drive circa 1956.

WM Horse Army

WM Elvis wtih Priscilla his back n snowWM E Cilla (7)WM 1960s Elvis with Clara Ward sisters rare indeed 10WM CARS outside GRACELAND 1965 March 17WM AUDOBON DRIVE Elvis cars lined up

 

Advertisements

1977 Elvis live Unchained Melody

In 1977 I had been an Elvis Presley fan for (approximately) two decades. When I learned, through the “must have” tv viewing essential guide called TV guide which let you know in advance what programs were playing on each tv station time and date, that Elvis’ concert entitled “Elvis in Concert” (i.e. this concert footage was taken on June 19 and June 21 1977) was airing on October 3, 1977 it was a bittersweet reality that this would be the last (known) footage of Elvis onstage…forever.

I, and the nation and much of the world, was still in shock about Elvis dying on August 16, 1977 even though we knew Elvis had been enduring great, and in some cases debilitating, health issues (i.e. mental, physcial, and emotional).

Watching, on a now unthinkably small tv screen that was approximately 24 x 24, Elvis perform on “Elvis in concert” I was shocked to see the adverse effects his medial issues were having. But, I was amazed at his vocal abilities.

If you listened, as I did, to every song on the “Elvis in Concert” album you would be left with the impression that this was a man with incredible vocal range – inflections – feelings – and who was (wholly) unique. Man, he could sing.

Watching “Elvis in concert” it was clear that Elvis gave his heart and soul to his audience as he always had. I believed, and do to this day, that instead of performing (and I knew the incredible financial pressures he was under along with other personal/professional pressures) he should have been under the care of the world’s greatest doctors/hospitals with the never ending mantra from those he loved/trusted being “no amount of money is worth your health Elvis so please please stay committed to these treatments” (note: there is no doubt that many tried, time and again, but Elvis had the desire and ability to obtain medical care and medications…or not. A man cannot be kept from himself and decisions, whether made under duress of not, have consequences). Also, unlike today there were no state of the art treatment facilities where stars and/or those with means could recover without any adverse effect on their careers. The stigma of being labeled “a drug addict” was (in most cases) a kiss of death for one’s career and though I know that Elvis did not consider himself one AND I greatly dislike this connotation associated with Elvis his dependency on medications for very real medical diagnoses were something Elvis dealt with 24/7 and 1977 it had gotten..worse.

Bravely Elvis went before his audience knowing the cameras would be capturing Elvis in ill health but in spite of these hardships he went forth, as he had for decades, and gave the best performance possible.

Via YouTube is the very moving rendition of “Unchained Melody” a song that was previously a national hit for the Everly Brothers among others.

Take care and may God bless you.

 

http://www.ElvisCollector.info

http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org

Joe Esposito, Elvis’ friend, died November 23, 2016

Image result for elvis with joe esposito 1967 It is with a heavy heart that I learned that Joe Esposito died on November 23, 2016 at the age of 78.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, loved ones, friends, etc.. May God grant them time to mourn. Time to heal (as best as is humanly possible). And always recall/remember the acts, passions, simple gestures, etc. of Joe Esposito.

Elvis Presley met Joe while in the US Army in 1958 and their friendship grew with Elvs ultimately offering Joe a job working with Elvis upon their discharge(s) in 1960. And during Elvis wedding in 1967 he was “co best man” with Marty Lacker who is a priceless asset to the Elvis Presley community worldwide along with being an exceptional man with an exceptional family.

Joe Esposito was one of the “Memphis Mafia” the nickname given to Elvis’ entourage during the 1960’s.

We will be adding (sadly) this information to our Elvis Presley website http://www.ElvisCollector.info along with so many other quality individuals who have (sadly) passed away over the years.

There are those living who Elvis loved, cared for, befriended, trusted, etc. They are including but not limited to; Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Red West, Sonny West, Kathy Westmoreland, etc. I encourage everyone to seek these individuals out. To support them in all of their professional endeavors. To let them know how much you appreciate their firsthand accounts of being with Elvis onstage and off for decades. To promote healing within the Elvis Presley community so that we can cherish/focus on the facts, good and not so good, about Elvis the man and Elvis the performer.

Joe Esposito you will be missed. But, you will never be forgotten.

Take care and may God bless you.

 

Jeff Schrembs

http://www.ElvisCollector.info

http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org

Lightning in a bottle = Elvis Presley

Like many of the “baby boomers”, talk about an oxymoron because I feel anything other than babyish man age is a …., Elvis Presley made new records – toured throughout the United States – had movies that first ran in theatres and then on TV (yes we had THREE total TV stations growing up and everyone of them cut off at 11pm – those were the days) – and his music played on radio stations.

Inasmuch as I have a great knowledge, and affinity, for Elvis Presley the person (disclaimer – as much as you can learn from studying something for 6 decades with an emphasis on first had sources) Elvis was “lightning in a bottle” onstage.

Man he didn’t sound like nobody. He didn’t move like anybody. He didn’t walk like anybody. He didn’t look like anybody. He didn’t sing like anybody. He wasn’t raised like anybody. He was Elvis and he was wholly unique.

Throughout Elvis’ school years he went to dances/proms but never danced. He told his dates “I don’t like to dance and/or I can’t dance”. Since he was Elvis, even then,  I think he could have said anything and the dance/prom would have been thrilling/enjoyable for his dates. And yet onstage he moved with passion. With rhythm With grace, With melody. He moved and his voice sounded as good if not better live than his recordings. Another rare charistic.

This day is Elvis’ 81st birthday. My prayers go out to Lisa Marie, Graceland, Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Red West, Sonny West, Sandie Kaye Stevens, Sandi Pichon, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, and all of his loved ones and relatives for they shared their lives with Elvis as well as hopes and dreams. They, as did their families, rode the waves of Elvis’ greatest successes – his setbacks – his mood swings – his fears, etc. There is a true sacrifice, on many levels that last a lifetime, even when it comes to Elvis Presley.

My prayers go out to the loved ones, friends of, relatives of, those who knew Elvis and have (sadly) passed away. Out of respect we have honored them by name on our site http://www.ElvisCollector.info but their contribution to Elvis’ life, and that of his fans, is as alive today as it was when Elvis breathed upon this earth.

If you want to know about Elvis you can watch many of his candid interviews, concerts, TV appearances, etc. One of my favorites is Elvis That’s The Way It Is followed by Elvis’ 1968 Singer TV Special entitled “Elvis”.

If you want to learn about the complicated and multi talented man I highly recommend seeking out, and supporting, these people: Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Red West, Sonny West, Sandi Pichon, Sandie Kaye Stevens, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, and the author of several exemplary books about Elvis by Alanna Nash. There are also some great Elvis Presley websites, many are listed on our site http://www.ElvisCollector.info under the “links” page, and include Phil Arnold at http://www.Elvisblog.net and Russ Howe who knew Elvis personally and has been apart of many successful endeavors about Elvis.

As I end this post I am thankful to everyone who takes the time to visit this blog and our affiliated sites as well as our Officially recognized by Graceland Elvis Presley Fan Club of Elvis Collector Worldwide Fan Club.

As much as I know about Elvis it is nothing compared to the multi-talented and diametrical strong presence named Elvis Presley onstage and off. But I have enjoyed his music since I was a child and I share my insights herein.

 

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs

http://www.ElvisCollector.info

http://www.ElvisColectorWorldwide.freeforums.org

 

Happy 81st birthday Elvis Presley

On January 8, 2016 it will have been 81 years since Elvis Presley was born.

For all the lives he bettered. For all of those he cared for. For all of the great entertainment (i.e. tv, in concert, movies, records, cd’s, dvd’s, downloads, etc.) he created. For all of those he loved. For the millions upon millions of fans. For all of those he worked with. For those, and more, we say “thank you” as well as acknowledge (what would have been) Elvis’ 81st birthday.

Elvis was, point blank, the greatest entertainer who ever lived.

Take care and may God bless you all.

Jeff Schrembs

http://www.ElvisCollector.info

http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org

 

Elvis week @ Graceland August 2014 info

Schedule of Events

Elvis Week is a celebration of the music, movies and life of Elvis Presley. Join us at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis for a full week of special events that offer something for everyone to enjoy. Also, don’t miss out on new events such as Elvis A Cappella and be sure to get your tickets to Conversations on Elvis which will feature special guest Priscilla Presley this year.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 8

Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest – Round 1

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Show at 9:00 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, Beale Street. See some of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world compete in the “Last Chance” event for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest! Visit Hardrock.com/Memphis for ticket information updates.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 9

Hound Dog Tour: A Musical City Tour Celebrating Elvis by Backbeat Tours

2:30 p.m. Tour departs from Backbeat Tours window at BB King’s Blues Club, located at 143 Beale Street. Join Backbeat Tours for an Elvis tribute tour with a twist! As unique as the man himself, the Hound Dog Tour takes a one-of-a-kind approach to sharing Elvis’ legacy in a high-energy concert and sightseeing tour all rolled into one. Hear all your favorite Elvis hits performed live on Memphis’ only music bus while seeing where he grew up, where he went to school, where he worked, and where he dreamed, as well as sites important to his early career. This special 2 hour tour also includes an optional visit inside the Presley family apartment at Lauderdale Courts – second only to Graceland, the Memphis home where Elvis lived in the longest. Meticulously restored to its 1950s appearance, a visit to Apartment 328 of the Courts is like taking a step back in time, offering an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of Vernon, Gladys, and young Elvis. (If you choose to visit Lauderdale Courts, the tour will last approximately 3 hours). The tour includes exciting sites such as Sun Studio, Elvis’ Audubon Drive home, Humes High School, the Overton Park Shell (the amphitheater where he performed his first big show in 1954), Lansky Bros. clothing store, the Memphian Theater and the Chisca Hotel (home of the WHBQ radio station). The Hound Dog Tour has become an Elvis Week tradition, with many passengers returning year after year. Come celebrate the man behind the legend: whether you’re a longtime fan or a new admirer, we guarantee fun for all! The price of the 2 hour tour is $28/adults, $26/seniors and $16/child (7-12 years). The price of the 3 hour tour that includes Lauderdale Courts is $47/adults, $45/seniors and $32/child (7-12 years). Elvis Insiders receive a 10% discount. Tickets may be purchased online at BackBeatTours.com, or by calling Zerve at 800-979-3370 or Backbeat Tours at 901-527-9415.

Elvis Night at the Ballpark with Memphis Redbirds

6:05 p.m. AutoZone Park, 200 Union Ave., downtown Memphis. Come out and enjoy a night of fun at the ballpark as the Memphis Redbirds take on New Orleans Zephyrs. The game will feature Elvis entertainment throughout the night along with fireworks set to Elvis music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit MemphisRedbirds.com.

Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest – Round 2

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Show at 9:00 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, Beale Street. See some of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world compete in the “Last Chance” event for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest! Visit Hardrock.com/Memphis for ticket information updates.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 10

Hound Dog Tour: A Musical City Tour Celebrating Elvis by Backbeat Tours

2:30 p.m. Tour departs from Backbeat Tours window at BB King’s Blues Club, located at 143 Beale Street. Join Backbeat Tours for an Elvis tribute tour with a twist! As unique as the man himself, the Hound Dog Tour takes a one-of-a-kind approach to sharing Elvis’ legacy in a high-energy concert and sightseeing tour all rolled into one. Hear all your favorite Elvis hits performed live on Memphis’ only music bus while seeing where he grew up, where he went to school, where he worked, and where he dreamed, as well as sites important to his early career. This special 2 hour tour also includes an optional visit inside the Presley family apartment at Lauderdale Courts – second only to Graceland, the Memphis home where Elvis lived in the longest. Meticulously restored to its 1950s appearance, a visit to Apartment 328 of the Courts is like taking a step back in time, offering an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of Vernon, Gladys, and young Elvis. (If you choose to visit Lauderdale Courts, the tour will last approximately 3 hours). The tour includes exciting sites such as Sun Studio, Elvis’ Audubon Drive home, Humes High School, the Overton Park Shell (the amphitheater where he performed his first big show in 1954), Lansky Bros. clothing store, the Memphian Theater and the Chisca Hotel (home of the WHBQ radio station). The Hound Dog Tour has become an Elvis Week tradition, with many passengers returning year after year. Come celebrate the man behind the legend: whether you’re a longtime fan or a new admirer, we guarantee fun for all! The price of the 2 hour tour is $28/adults, $26/seniors and $16/child (7-12 years). The price of the 3 hour tour that includes Lauderdale Courts is $47/adults, $45/seniors and $32/child (7-12 years). Elvis Insiders receive a 10% discount. Tickets may be purchased online at BackBeatTours.com, or by calling Zerve at 800-979-3370 or Backbeat Tours at 901-527-9415.

George Klein’s Elvis Mafia Reunion

5:00 p.m. Alfred’s, 197 Beale Street. George Klein hosts a reunion of people who were close to Elvis. Lifelong friends and associates will reminisce, share stories and answer questions. Event is $45.00 and includes dinner and the show. All proceeds go to Make-a-Wish and the EP Charity Dinner. Reservations are accepted by calling Alfred’s at (901) 525-3711.  

Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest – Round 3

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Show at 9:00 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, Beale Street. See some of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world compete in the “Last Chance” event for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest! The winner of round 3 will compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round on August 12. Visit Hardrock.com/Memphis for ticket information updates.  


MONDAY, AUGUST 11

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Showcase

1:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Watch as some of the semifinalists for the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest showcase their talents as they prepare for the ultimate contest. Elvis tribute artists who will perform during this event to be announced at a later time, but all will be 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest semifinalists. This event will be hosted by Ultimate Contest host Joey Sulipeck. Individual tickets are $20 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.

 

Kids/Youth Karaoke

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Graceland Crossing. Children will receive prizes for participating in our karaoke event. Ages for karaoke are 17 and under. Free.

Jailhouse Rock Movie and Dance Party

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Put on your dancing shoes and break out your black & white stripes for a night filled with Elvis fun and excitement. Kick-off the evening with a screening and sing-a-long of Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock” – sponsored by Warner Bros. Then, after the movie is over, continue to dance the night away with Elvis Radio’s DJ Argo as he plays some of your favorite Elvis music. Ticket price includes both movie screening and dance party that follows. Individual tickets are $30 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.
*Looking to get “Jailhouse Rock” and other great Elvis movies on DVD? Visit ShopElvis.com for a great selection of Elvis DVDs from Warner Bros. 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 12

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet ‘n’ Greet

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Hard Rock Cafe, Beale Street. Private event reserved for those who have purchased VIP tickets for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. This event is now sold out.

Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center Elvis Week Fan Reception

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center, 877 Jefferson Avenue. Celebrate at the Annual Elvis Presley Fans Reception at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center in Memphis. Speakers to be announced. Light refreshments will be served and tours of the trauma center will be conducted. Included in the tour is a stop by the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center donor wall, where hundreds of plaques recognize donors who have supported the trauma center named in honor of the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Enter the Regional Medical Center at the main entrance. Greeters will then direct you to the reception.

Graceland Trivia Tour

5:00 p.m. Event starts at Graceland Ticket Office. Guests are invited to tour Graceland Mansion and the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum while simultaneously answering trivia questions to which answers can be found on the Graceland tour. Adult and junior version of the trivia tour will be available. Prizes will be awarded for both adult and junior versions. Tickets are $34 adult; $15 children 7-12; kids 6 and under are free.Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round

7:00 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, downtown Memphis. Hosted by Joey Sulipeck, see more than 20 of the best tribute artists in the world compete in the Semifinal Round of the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Enjoy hours of Elvis music and entertainment as these winners compete for their chance to advance to the Final Round on Thursday, August 14. The top 10 Elvis tribute artists moving on to the Final Round of the competition will be announced at the end of the Semifinal Round. Backing band for the semifinalists will be the Change of Habit Tribute Band. Two-day tickets are $139.00 and $69.00 (includes Semifinal on 8/12 and Final Round on 8/14) and can be purchased by clicking here. *The $139.00 VIP ticket also includes VIP seating plus access to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet ‘n’ Greet at the Hard Rock Cafe on August 12. The $139 VIP ticket is now sold out, however $69 two-day tickets are still available. A one-day ticket to the Semifinal Round only is also available for $25. Tickets for this event are available through Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Orpheum box office.
*Please note: If you purchase the $139.00 VIP ticket for this event, you MUST show your ticket at the door of the Hard Rock Cafe on the morning of August 12 for access to the Meet ‘n’ Greet event. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13

Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event

9:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Fans are invited to celebrate Elvis Presley fan clubs during this special event that focuses on the hard work of fan clubs around the world. The event will also feature two guest speaker segments this year, both hosted by Elvis Radio DJ Argo. Guest speaker segments will feature: Jimmy Snow, son of the country music legend Hank Snow who prior to becoming an evangelist in 1958 was in show business – where he recorded on RCA for 7 years and worked closely with Elvis, with whom he became good friends; and Linda Deutsch, who has been with The Associated Press for almost 50 years, but started her writing career off at the age of 12 when she launched an Elvis Presley Fan Club and published a fan newspaper that went to 300 members around the world. Fan club presidents will get an invite and registration form directly from EPE to attend the event for free. Individual tickets are $15 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.

American Studio Historic Marker Unveiling

2:00 p.m. 831 Thomas Street, Memphis (in front of Family Dollar Store at the corner of Thomas St. and Chelsea Ave., the former site of American Studios). Sponsored by the Shelby County Historical Commission, an historic marker will be unveiled at the former site of American Studios. Special guests will be in attendance. American Studios is where over 120 hit records, including Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” “Don’t Cry Daddy”, and “Kentucky Rain,” were recorded. Free to the public. For more information, call (901) 604-5002.

The Memphis Boys Salute

8:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Enjoy an incredible concert event featuring The Memphis Boys with special guests Terry Mike Jeffrey and Scat Springs. The Memphis Boys were the legendary house band at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, between 1967 until it’s closing in 1972. The Memphis Boys include Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmons, Gene Chrisman, Mike Leech, Reggie Young, and Tommy Cogbill. Inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame, The Memphis Boys have played a large part in American music culture for the past forty years as the sound behind over 120 hit singles including Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds, “In the Ghetto”, and “Kentucky Rain”; Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”; Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man”; and many, many, more. This special concert event will feature them performing some of their Elvis hits, as well as songs from the many other stars they have performed behind for the past forty years. Individual tickets are $40 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 14

Official Insiders Event

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM), this year’s Official Insiders Event will feature special segments that highlight various parts of Elvis’ life and career. Attendees will enjoy sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes looks, rarely-seen videos, feature segments filmed just for the event, special guests and much more. It will be a special “inside” look at both Elvis and his home, Graceland. Special guest segments to include: The Memphis Boys’ members Bobby Wood, Gene Chrisman and Reggie Young; a segment with representatives from Sony and Warner Bros. talking about “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is; Elvis artist and fellow Insider Joe Petruccio; Elvis’ jeweler Lowell Hays; and authors of the new Follow That Dream book “Elvis Presley: Memphis To Nashville ’61” Pål Granlund and David English. Individual tickets are $30 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King – Show 1

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Join us for an all-new event at the Elvis Week Main Stage this year as Elvis goes a cappella. This exciting 60-minute Elvis show will feature some of the country’s top a cappella groups – Kentucky’s Acoustikats, Florida State University’s All-Night Yahtzee, The James Madison University BluesTones, the Vanderbilt Melodores, and Memphis’ own Briarcrest OneVoice. Listen as they harmonize, beat box and dance to some of Elvis’ greatest hits – and some fan favorites as well. An all-new Elvis Week event not to be missed. Individual tickets are $10 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round

7:00 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, downtown Memphis. Hosted by Joey Sulipeck, enjoy a phenomenal show as the top 10 Elvis tribute artists from the August 14 Semifinal Round compete for the title. The excitement will build throughout the night as the group is narrowed down from ten to five before the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2014 is named. The show will also feature a performance by 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner Dean Z. Backing band for the semifinalists will be the Change of Habit Tribute Band. 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner will receive $20,000 cash, contract to perform with Legends in Concert, a 2014 Ultimate ETA Contest belt designed by B&K Enterprises and more. Two-day tickets are $139.00 and $69.00 (includes Semifinal and Final Round) and can be purchased by clicking here. *The $139.00 VIP ticket also includes VIP seating plus access to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet ‘n’ Greet at the Hard Rock Cafe on August 14. The $139 VIP ticket is now sold out, however $69 two-day tickets are still available. A one-day ticket to the Final Round only is also available for $49. Tickets for this event are available through Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Orpheum box office.
*Please note: If you purchase the $139.00 VIP ticket for this event, you MUST show your ticket at the door of the Hard Rock Cafe on the morning of August 14 for access to the Meet ‘n’ Greet event.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 15

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King – Show 2

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Join us for an all-new event at the Elvis Week Main Stage this year as Elvis goes a cappella. This exciting 60-minute Elvis show will feature some of the country’s top a cappella groups – Kentucky’s Acoustikats, Florida State University’s All-Night Yahtzee, The James Madison University BluesTones, the Vanderbilt Melodores, and Memphis’ own Briarcrest OneVoice. Listen as they harmonize, beat box and dance to some of Elvis’ greatest hits – and some fan favorites as well. An all-new Elvis Week event not to be missed. *Individual tickets are $10 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass.Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.
*Please note this will be a different show than the one performed on August 14.

Conversations on Elvis

1:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM), this event lets fans hear from those who worked closest with the king – from friends, colleagues, co-stars, musicians and more. This year’s event will feature someone fans will want a front row seat to hear from as Priscilla Presley sits down with host Tom Brown. Additional confirmed guests include: Cynthia Pepper, Elvis co-star in “Kissin’ Cousins,” Elvis’ Imperials Terry Blackwood and Joe Moscheo, who were in “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is.” Individual tickets are $25 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.

Memorial Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Elvis Presley

3:00 p.m. 1425 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, TN 38116. The Mass will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church on August 15, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. and music beginning at 2:00 pm. For more information, please contact St. Paul Catholic Church at StPaulMemphis.org or (901) 346-2380.

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King – Show 1

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Join us for an all-new event at the Elvis Week Main Stage this year as Elvis goes a cappella. This exciting 60-minute Elvis show will feature some of the country’s top a cappella groups – Kentucky’s Acoustikats, Florida State University’s All-Night Yahtzee, The James Madison University BluesTones, the Vanderbilt Melodores, and Memphis’ own Briarcrest OneVoice. Listen as they harmonize, beat box and dance to some of Elvis’ greatest hits – and some fan favorites as well. An all-new Elvis Week event not to be missed. *Individual tickets are $10 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.
*Please note this will be the same show as the one performed on August 14.

Candlelight Vigil

8:30 p.m. Gates of Graceland. After an opening ceremony at the gates of Graceland, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Free admission. No tickets or reservations. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis’ passing. Free secured parking at the Graceland visitor center complex after 6:00 p.m.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

Elvis Presley 5K Run Benefiting Livitup, Inc.

8:00 a.m. The Elvis Presley 5K Run starts and finishes at the Gates of Graceland. After the race, join Livitup, Inc. across from the mansion at Elvis Presley Park on Craft Road for a party under the tent. There will be food, music and fun! For more information, please call Kelly Burrow at 901-316-0377, email kburrow@livitupinc.org or visit elvispresleyrunandwalk.com.

George Klein’s Elvis Memorial Service

12:00 Noon. Main Theatre Building, University of Memphis. Free admission. Annual event hosted by George Klein, longtime friend of Elvis. Speakers will include friends and family of Elvis and celebrity guests. For more information, contact the U of M Department of Communication at (901) 678-2565.

Elvis A Cappella: A Tribute to the King – Show 2

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Join us for an all-new event at the Elvis Week Main Stage this year as Elvis goes a cappella. This exciting 60-minute Elvis show will feature some of the country’s top a cappella groups – Kentucky’s Acoustikats, Florida State University’s All-Night Yahtzee, The James Madison University BluesTones, the Vanderbilt Melodores, and Memphis’ own Briarcrest OneVoice. Listen as they harmonize, beat box and dance to some of Elvis’ greatest hits – and some fan favorites as well. An all-new Elvis Week event not to be missed. *Individual tickets are $10 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.
*Please note this will be the same show performed as the one performed on August 14 at 10:00 a.m.

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is VIP Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Private event reserved for those who have purchased VIP tickets for the Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition Exclusive Screening. 
Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access pass does not allow entrance into this event.

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition Exclusive Screening

8:00 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, downtown Memphis. Join us at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Memphis for the world premiere screening of Warner Bros.’ newly-remastered “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition.” This fan-favorite concert documentary film, re-edited and remixed for its acclaimed release in 2000, will debut on Blu-ray for the first time on August 12. Fans in town for Elvis Week will be treated not only to the newly-remastered film, but also some outtakes that have never-before-been-seen on the big screen. Fans will be treated to a special performance by Elvis’ Imperials members Joe Moscheoand Terry Blackwood, along with Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor. This will be a special farewell performance by Joe Moscheo who recently retired from the group. Fans can also view “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” related artifacts on display in the lobby direct from the Graceland Archives. This event will be hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Tickets are $89 (VIP) and $35. *The $89 VIP ticket includes front of the house seating, a special VIP reception at the Elvis Week Main Stage at Graceland prior to the event plus round-trip motor coach transportation to the Orpheum for the event. Tickets for this event are available through Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Orpheum box office.
*The VIP reception will be held at the Elvis Week Main Stage. Guests will enjoy complimentary light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages before boarding motor coach transportation to the Orpheum. For access to the VIP reception at Graceland, you must show VIP ticket at door of Elvis Week Main Stage.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 17

Elvis Gospel Celebration

9:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Join us for a special close out to Elvis Week with a Sunday morning Elvis Gospel Celebration. The event will feature a acoustic gospel set by Terry Mike Jeffrey plus performances by Terry Blackwood and The Imperials. Individual tickets are $25 or purchase the Elvis Week Main Stage All-Access Pass. Tickets for this event are available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online here.


MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS

Free Entertainment Tent at Graceland Crossing

August 9-17. Continuous presentation of Elvis music performed live by various singers and bands, plus other activities. A schedule for the Elvis Week entertainment tent will be available at the Elvis Week information table upon arrival in Memphis. 

Morning and Evening Walk Ups to Meditation Garden

Daily throughout the year, there is a special period of time for free admission walk up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland. Elvis Week morning walk ups will be from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on August 9-17. Morning walk-ups may not be available on August 16 due to the Candlelight Vigil. Elvis Week evening walk ups will be from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on August 9-14 and August 16-17. Evening walk-ups will not be available the night of August 15 due to the Candlelight Vigil.

Graceland Mansion Tours

Available daily. Click here for tour details and pricing.

 

Meet ‘n’ Greet with Betty Harper

August 12 – August 15: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Heartbreak Hotel. Meet artist Betty Harper and see her latest Elvis artwork. Her more than 10,000 drawings of Elvis illustrate the personal side of Elvis. Free.

Meet ‘n’ Greet with Joe Petruccio

August 12 – August 15: 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Everything Elvis, Graceland Crossing. Meet artist Joe Petruccio, view his new fine art pieces, and don’t miss out on exclusive merchandise featuring his artwork. 

Lowell Hays Trunk Show

August 11: 2:00 – 4:00 pm. August 12: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. August 13: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. August 14: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. August 16: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring. View both his fine and fashion jewelry lines featuring items made from the original molds of Elvis’ jewelry

Images of the King

August 10-16. Doc Franklin’s Original Images of the King Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Showcase presents a great lineup for Elvis Week with showcases by Shawn Klush, Cody Slaughter, Ben Portsmouth and Dean Z. Elvis’ own Sweet Inspirations and many other talented performers will also be appearing. This year’s Elvis Tribute Artist Contest (not affiliated with EPE’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest) is open to any and all ETAs visiting Memphis during Elvis Week. For more information on Doc Franklin’s Original Images of the King Contest and Showcase, please visit ImagesoftheKing.com or call 1-888-406-5885.

All details, including guests, time, etc. are subject to change.

35th year anniversary of Elvis’ death (August 16, 2012) by Jeff Schrembs (All Rights Reserved)

In a few weeks (i.e. August 16, 2012) Elvis fans worldwide will pay their respects in remembrance of Elvis death of August 16, 1977. The events of August 16, 1977 and the weeks following were a plethora of emotions; depression, uncontrollably crying, denial, hurt, despondent, angry, and most of all the questions of…”why”.

Since Elvis’ mother died on August 14, 1958, and Elvis believed that she was 42 years old when in fact she was 46, Elvis was devastated. He had been haunted by dreams, and steadfast belief that he would never “outlive momma”. Thus the first two weeks of August 1977 were days of self reflection and the realization that his health had deteriorated consistently since mid 1972. The health issues of his dad, the mourning of his mothers loss and the belief that he was going to be the same age she was when she died, the monetary stress, the federal investigation into the plane he purchased, and Elvis complained about “feeling bad to my very bones”.

Far too many people have taken sides about Elvis and his death. Some people blame Ginger Alden who was in Elvis’ bedroom and was the last person to see Elvis alive. There have been reports that Ginger had taken medications as it was her “time of the month”.

Others blame the authors of the book “Elvis What Happened” for Elvis’ death.

In both cases those who reach these conclusions omit fact after fact without ever realizing that our time on this earth is NOT determined by us…but by our maker. So the reality is that it was Elvis time to die.

Through the years I have seen hate speech levied at Ginger Alden and her family and also to Red West, Sonny West, and others who wrote parts of the book “Elvis What Happened”? I have always responded and stood up to each and every person spewing these untruths.

Elvis loved Ginger. Did he love her enough to marry her? I don’t know. Would they have stayed together had he of lived? Who knows?

Elvis loved Red and Sonny West. Red and Sonny West loved Elvis.

I believe that Ginger Alden, as any human would, and her family have (at times) been subjected to terrible comments/threats/name calling about her relationship with Elvis and that is sad.

Equally as sad are the vitriol hatred blaming Red and Sonny West for Elvis death.

Ginger Alden and her family did not deserve to have to be under attack all these years. Neither does Red and Sonny West and their family members.

I know making this statement will “offend some” but as a man of God I never expound on the “whys and ifs” but instead on the  life the person lead – their accomplishments – their dreams – their circle of family/friends, etc.

I believe that if Elvis was in the room, with Ginger Alden and Red and Sonny West, that there would be reconciliation – heartfelt discussion – and perhaps even healing of the pains/hurts and a commitment to focus on what was really important and that was the real – loving – caring  role that each of these people paid in the life of Elvis Presley.

August 16, 1977 was a sad day for me yet as I type these words I am saddened when I learn that people who loved Elvis, and Elvis loved them, are under attack in stead of being acknowledged, supported, respected, and having a consistent presence within EPE. I hope that other Elvis Presley Fans will support the sentiments specified herein and join me in celebrating the life of Elvis Presley…and those who were integral parts of his life.

Jeff Schrembs
www.ElvisCollector.info
http://www.ElvisCollectorWorldwide.freeforums.org