August 16th (1977) we lost a great man

 

To be a great man doesn’t mean you can sing. It does mean you have fame. Fortune. Or you have powerful connections. I do N O T use the word “great” loosely nor should it be randomly bestowed to someone because they can hit a baseball. Throw a football. Score points in a basketball game. You get my point In this instance, with the 41st “anniversary” of Elvis Presley dying soon upon on 8/16/1977, I am talking about the man named Elvis Presley who knew; wealth, success, bitter poverty, love, devotion, to be thrown out of housing with his beloved mother and father, moving away from friends/relatives/neighbors in Tupelo Mississippi to the big city…Memphis (Tennessee), being made fun of, friendship, the beauty in this world from the lowly blossom to the regal of the heavens, the power of the church/God/Jesus, working hard, being a father, losing the life of his greatest love at the peak of his career being Gladys Love (Smith) Presley on August 14, 1958, the adverse whispers of those who looked down upon with disdain to those whose only “crime” was the lack of monetary means, the power of prayers, and how hard it was to see his mother cry yet try to be brave while her husband (Elvis’ father Vernon Elvis Presley) was in prison *** note – Vernon took responsibility – he served his time – he apologized – he made monetary amends to the victim – he was forever sorry – he asked forgiveness many times void of words but with a look that a man gives his wife when he knows she seems him as…lesser, and most of all never was involved in any dishonorable behavior to the law or anyone else AND one last footnote is that Gladys was successful in getting Vernon released from prison early as she was able to garner enough signatures along with the fact that Vernon was married with a minor son and both desperately needed him home with his family and any income he could generate. ***

Elvis, even from childhood, loved to give. Give of his time, his efforts, and his possessions. When he was the most successful entertained in the world, and in my opinion always will be, he visited hospitals. Met with the patients. Prayed with the family. Gave money without being asked and was genuinely humble and asked if they would please accept this gesture. Elvis also was active in major charitable endeavors such as the March of Dimes, St. Judes, etc. Though he never did “commercials”, other than one that has been lost to time and it was for a local donuts shop if I remember correctly, he proudly entertained the sick and their family and took photographs with the sick holding large poster board with the words “please give, or support the March of Dimes, or lets eradicate polio, etc.”. To the injured/sick and the public Elvis bravely smiled and praised the caregivers while giving the sick words of love. Of support. Of them being unique and worthy. But there are countless times that after leaving the hospital(s), or families homes, etc. Elvis would opt not to drive, as he had when arriving, as the tears flowed and he cried. He cried from the heart. He mourned. He asked GodJesus to help them. He was inconsolable. Many times this reaction/emotion would be repeated for days after. Weeks after. Months after. Years after. And to those who were closest to Elvis knew not to say anything as Elvis tried to wrap his mind around the questions of life such as; why Lord are these innocents maimed/sick/disabled, why have you blessed me with success, will anyone remember me when I’m gone, have I done anything to warrant the kingdom of God/Jesus, is this a dream and I’ll wake up and be dirt poor again, etc. Elvis felt. Let me repeat this. Elvis felt. He was attuned to the helpless. The needy. Those needing a shoulder to lean on. Those who were going through life changing events. Elvis felt. Elvis felt. He felt for those in his view, in his house, in his city, in other towns, in the United States, in the world, etc. Elvis felt for men, women, and children regardless of their color. Their social standing. Elvis loved his fellow man unconditionally. Elvis knew of his faults. His failures. His temper. His insecurities. Elvis felt and he was not a great man because of his fame and fortune for he was a great man for he did all he could for others. He performed, while being very ill, for 8 years straight so as not to let a fan/audience member down. He was rock and roll but his love of Gospel music was his anchor. Elvis was a great man for he bravely and honorably used the talents God/Jesus gave him. He worked hard to improve on his talents. On August 16, 1977 the world lost a great man. His name was Elvis Aron (Aaron) Presley the son of Gladys Love (Smith) Presley and Vernon Elvis Presley and he was forty-two years old.

 

Take care and may God bless you and yours,

 

Jeff Schrembs

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The incomporable Elvis Presley (part 1)

Let us get my biases out front and center. I am an Elvis Presley fan. I have been for six decades. I have written about Elvis. I have collected Elvis and man if I had a fraction of what I have “lost”, pertaining to specific items involving Elvis – Colonel Parker – Gladys Presley – Vernon Presley – and others, it would blow your mind (I am thankful that I took the time to take photographs, to put hours upon hours to scans, to transfer to computer disks, I did extensive digital backups and I encourage others to do so for their important documents, photos, videos, etc.). I was a die-hard Elvis fan while in elementary school, middle school, and high school. I can assure you that during most of those years it was not “cool” with my peers as they were into hard rock, drugs, non stop partying, and even some music that I enjoyed. I’m not judging them but pointing out differences. Additionally, there were errie simalarities between me and Elvis and here are a few; we are approximately the same height, the same shoe size, the same blood type, both of us have a leg that is slightly shorter than the other, both of us had siblings that died at birth (sadly) and I miss my sister every day God bless her, we both sang in church, going back to Elvis’ time at Lansky’s in 1956 we have the exact same measurements (i.e. suits, pants, jackets, shirts, etc.) as I had at the same age, we both walk with a unique gait in part because of the leg length, our first child was a daughter, etc.  To add to the mix I got the nickname “Elvis”, I can’t recall where it originated as I didn’t walk around wearing Elvis shirts, and I have the yearbooks to prove it (i.e. friends, respected persons, etc. opted to use that surname). Also, I never sugar coated Elvis temper. HIs shortcomings. His anger. Hence, I didn’t think he was imperfect but I acknowledged his admirable qualities as I was “informed” on a level few, if any, have obtained (i.e. as I have literally put in years and years and years and years and years and blessed to have firsthand relationships pertaining to Elvis the man and the performer).

No one was with Elvis every second of his life and (sadly) many who were, at times, have passed away. But fortunately they, individually and collectively, gave interviews. They wrote books. They took photographs. They took videos. They left behind a lot to digest. Combined with Elvis’ three decades of professional works, his personal notes, the fact that he was the most photographed person of all time, etc. it does lend itself to garnering insights in, and truths about, so many aspects of his life.

No one was like Elvis. No one sang like Elvis. No one naturally moved like Elvis. To say he was unique is an understatement. But let’s go into some aspects about Elvis that aren’t generally known and in full disclosure, this will be a multi-part series/posts.

Some Elvis song gems:

Elvis put his soul into his music so I encourage you to seek out and listen to these songs in no specific order. All videos courtesy of YouTube.

Elvis Presley’s Jaycees Award & Speech 1971 (rare footage = WOW)

Elvis Presley was nominated, and won, the coveted award from the Jaycees and here are the details courtesy of usjayceefoundation.org;

The inaugural class of TOYM recipients in 1938, announced in January 1939 by Future Magazine, still ranks as one of the most famous. Included were: George Gallop, pollster; Elmer Layden, football coach; Howard Hughes, business and aviation; Douglas Corrigan, aviation; and Rudy Valee and Orson Wells, entertainers. A 1939 TOYM group was never selected but in 1940 and every year until 1973 a TOYM group was selected for a year and recognized the next year. There were no winners for 1972. In 1973, the TOYM event was revised to honor the designates for the current, rather than the previous year. Because of this change, there were no winners for 1972. Since 1973, the tradition of recognizing outstanding young people for the year in which awarded has continued.

Currently, candidates must be United States citizens, age 18 through 40, who exemplify the best attributes of the nation’s young people, the Jaycee Creed and dedication to a better nation. Thousands of nomination forms have been distributed each year before judging panels reduce the field to 20 candidates and then select the final 10. Currently the awards program is conducted each year in March at the United States Jaycees National Meeting.

To understand the magnitude of the award in the eyes of those who have received it consider this story: Elvis Presley TOYM 1970

Accepting the Jaycee Honor “Terrified Presley” read the headline in the Memphis Press-Scimitar. The “King” was shakin’ backstage, but no tin the manner that most people would have thought, as excerpts from the newspaper story show:

“Elvis Presley stood in the wings at the Auditorium in memphis on January 18, 1971, and admitted he was ‘terrified.'”

“He was perspiring profusely and his head was hanging low as he awaited his turn on stage as one of the United States jaycees 10 Outstanding Young Men of America for 1970.”

“‘I’m scared to death.’ he told Frank C. Taylor, chairman of the Outstanding Young Men (sic), who reminded the superstar that he had appeared hundreds of times before much larger crowds. ‘Yeah but not like this,’ Elvis replied.

“‘It was a different plateau for him,’ Taylor said. ‘For the first time, he was being paced on the level with achievers in realms other than entertainment, and for the first time Elvis felt he was being accepted like a true professional. He like the association of being given such an honor along with those nine other guys, and he was impressed by their tremendous abilities. And none of the others singled Elvis out for adulation more than any other, and he liked that too.”

When Elvis’ turn came, he took his place at the podium and looked back at the other winners seated on stage. With a sweeping gesture, he said: ‘These men may be the Kingdom of God.'”

“The famous voice cracked, he could not go on.”Elvis at podium

“‘He was the only one to have genuine tears in his eyes and to break up,’ Taylor said.

“Elvis stopped, stepped back for a second, regrouped himself and spoke again.”

“‘Without a song, the day would never end, without a song, a man ain’t got a friend,’ the famous singer said, quoting a classic song.”

“Then he ended with difficulty, saying humbly: ‘So I’ll just keep on singing my song.'”

Elvis always consider the Jaycee Awards as his most valued achievement. The honor was so important to Elvis, he was there to receive it in person labored weeks over his now famous speech. The Jaycee Award was one of the few trophies that Elvis received during his lifetime that held a special place. It represented Elvis initiation into the mainstream, acceptance by his peers for his contributions as a humanitarian and entertainer. His Ten Outstanding Young Men trophy, as well as the tuxedo he wore to the ceremony that night, have been kept on display at his Memphis home, Graceland and is seen by thousands of visitors every day.

Courtesy of YouTube comes part of the video pertaining to Elvis receiving this award that Elvis not only was humbled by but actually opted to appear in person, with Priscilla and members of his family and Memphis Mafia, to accept the award and give one of his most iconic and heartfelt speeches.

Elvis Presley & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 2017

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The upcoming weeks mark the well deserved federal holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. “day”. In my opinion Dr. King, Jr. was an incredible leader who put his own well being in jeopardy standing up for not only what was right but to obtain justice for the masses.

I have, on several occasions, read the writings of Dr. King, Jr. and those he wrote while he was in jail (like so many of his writings) were powerful and stirred my emotions. What an incredible leader.

Decades ago I was honored, by marriage, to have stayed in the suite in Washington DC at the Willard Hotel. This was the same suite that Dr. King, Jr. wrote his “I have a dream speech”. Though the wedding took every moment the significance of Dr. King, Jr. being in the same suite was very…humbling. I have great memories of that time, and that love, I (in far too many ways) I took for granted. But, this post is about the connection(s) between Elvis and Dr. King, Jr.

Elvis grew up poor. Elvis never saw one’s color nor did he tolerate those who treated others with anything but respect.

Elvis grew up in the church moved by preachings, the choir, and the church filled. Elvis grew up a southerner and endured everything that being a southern man, at the period in history, entails. Elvis loved the church and was a deeply spiritual man. The same can be said of Dr. King, Jr.

Several firsthand accounts confirm that Elvis had respect, and admiration, for Dr. King, Jr. and his non-violent approach.

On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered by a coward. And he was murdered in Elvis’ beloved city of Memphis in Tennessee which upset Elvis greatly. One would think that living in the 1960’s, which I did and all the turmoil and the decade had earlier brought the murder of America’s President John F. Kennedy and months after Dr. Kings’ death came the murder of Robert Kennedy, that “nothing would be shocking” as the country was “numb” by back to back killings bringing anger and uncertainty. But, when it came to the death of Dr. King, Jr. millions of people then and now mourn and that includes this writer.

During the 1960’s Elvis was locked into movie contracts which played out to be approximately three per year. Not many people know that Elvis had to star in movies regardless of the quality, or lack of, the scripts. Elvis had no say over the movies he starred in and the 1960’s were, in many instances, frustrating for Elvis.

Elvis was presented with an opportunity to have a TV special that would air around the Christmas season in 1968. I have written about aspects concerning this special in great detail so what I will say now is that Elvis, with the guidance of the talented producer/director, realized that this was the chance for him to return to a live audience (which he was kept from for approximately 8 years) as well as showcase his first love in entertainment and that was singing/performing.

When the time came, after great momentum, for Elvis to decide how to end the TV Special, which would be sponsored by the Singer sewing company and titled “Elvis”, Elvis wanted to express his feelings. His pulse. His sensitivity. His release from years of pent up anger/frustration. Elvis shared this with Walter Earl Brown, a great song writer, and together they used direct quotes of Dr. Kings, they came up with one of the greatest songs in the world…”if I can dream”.

Not only was the song beautiful but Elvis poured his heart and soul into the song. There are two versions of this song from the 68 special and one was Elvis in front of the audience in black leather and he never looked, or sounded, better. The other was Elvis, dressed in a white 1960’s fashionable suit, singing in front of large red lit letters that spelled out “E L V I S”. The version of Elvis in white is my personal favorite version of this song. I encourage everyone to watch Elvis performing this song and affirm that, with every pore and vocal inflection, Elvis shared a soulful message with the viewing audience all the while paying respect and love to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The TV ratings were a success and catapulted Elvis back into superstardom as a singer/performer. Out of the thousands of songs Elvis knew, and he had a photographic memory, he could not of picked a better song than “if I can dream”. I believe it is one of Elvis’ greatest performances and certainly was a meaningful song for him as a man and as an entertainer.

It is hard, at times, for me to believe that it has been 49 years since Dr. King, Jr. took breath upon this earth. And it has been, as of August 16th of this year (i.e. 2017), 40 years since Elvis took his last breath. Both of these men had failures, shortcomings, and regrets but they were both wholly unique and they rose to infamy for what they stood for – what they believed – and how they chose to live their lives. I miss them both and my prayers are always with the family, and loved ones, of these great men.

Take care and God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs

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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.

Remembering Elvis Presley’s passing August 16, 1977

RARE signed promo 56 or 57

 

On August 16, 1977 we lost the greatest entertainer who ever lived…bar none.

Others lost their best friend. Some lost their employer. A Father lost a son and a grandmother her only grandson. A daughter lost her Father and the world lost a man who, though imperfect, rose up from bitter poverty and excelled, against odds, in his chosen profession for three decades.

My prayers go out to Elvis’ family members and to those, like the Memphis Mafia Members (specifically Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Red West, Sonny West, etc.) and their family members, who were related to Elvis and/or shared parts of their lives with him.

To each of the “Memphis Mafia Members”, Sandi Pichon, and Alanna Nash I say thank you for putting aspects of Elvis life into various forums (i.e. written, videos, interviews, photographs, blogs, etc.) whereby we learn about the man (onstage and off)  and can recall events (highs and lows) that made up the fascinating story that is…Elvis Aaron Presley.

I encourage Elvis Presley Fans Worldwide to seek out their works, individually and collectively, and add these books – videos – publications – etc.. for in doing so your knowledge, and your collection, of Elvis will be greatly enhanced.

Take care and may God bless you.

 

Jeff Schrembs 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

www.ElvisCollector.info

Elvis week memories @ Graceland (Part 1 of 3) by Jeff Schrembs

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Graceland was officially open to the public the first week in June of 1982 (being the 7th).

It had been five years since I was last in Memphis, having drove from Kentucky after hearing the news of his passing on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42. Even five years later there were so many unanswered questions and we still were dealing with the reality that shuch a man, such an entertainer, had been so unhealthy and wasn’t able to work though the depression, the dependency, and the tolls that each one put on Elvis the man – the father – the son – the employer – and even the entertainer. As fans we loved him nonetheless.

The crowds were from all over the world. With folded signs, overflowing flowers, and even giant cards where everywhere the crowd turned.

We all waited to start the tour that we had been reading about, hearing about, and planned. We didn’t have the internet or iphones but we had the post office and we had access to CB radios and boy did it help. Short wave radios were another tool to be used in our communication arsenal.

With the announcement of the EPE employee of ” welcome to Graceland Elvis Memphis home the tour will start in a few minutes”.

What was inside those walls? We knew abut the false walls. We knew about the secret driveway through the Church and we even knew about the “top secret” storage area on the Graceland grounds which was (a) not part of the tour and (b) never discussed by any staff.

TO BE CONTINUED

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