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CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS DECEMBER, 2015
Choose who must hold the title of the king! There is only one month left to vote!! Please don’t miss a single day!
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VISIT “THE KING OF MUSIC” POLLING SITE AND VOTE FOR ELVIS EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR 2015. WE SIMPLY CANNOT LET ANYONE ELSE CLAIM ELVIS’ RIGHTFUL TITLE. BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE SITE FOR VOTING:
They have announced the King for the Months of September-October…..
The King of September-October – Elvis Presley with 43,880 Votes.
The King of June – Elvis Presley With 21,965 Votes.
The King of July – Elvis Presley with 21,630Votes.
The King of August – Elvis Presley with 28,349 Votes
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015
I am so very pleased and honored to have the privilege of sharing a professionally created voice analysis of Jesse’s voice on the 15-song CD ELVIS FOUND ALIVE.
A wonderful visitor to our site has already shared a shorter version of his voice analysisof Jesse’s CD which was shared recently on our Messages to Jesse page and subsequently on my Current News and Events page Nov. 2015 – cont’d. After the positive reaction by myself and so many others, Daniel Vållberg, has spent so much of his time and expertise creating a much more in-depth analysis of Jesse’s voice on the ELVIS FOUND ALIVE CD. Mr. Vållberg is a professional music composer, producer and audio engineer whose vast experience qualifies him to give a knowledgeable evaluation of Jesse’s voice based upon sound scientific facts as well as other audible means of identification of one’s voice.
I want to be certain that no visitor leaves this page without taking time to visit the new page which is devoted solely to Mr. Vållberg’s very detailed document. Below is the link to my new page which is titled:
IN DEPTH VOICE ANALYSIS OF THE CD ELVIS FOUND ALIVE
This document is well worth the reader’s time to thoroughly analyze and reach your own conclusion. Jesse’s voice on this CD is the voice of Elvis Aron Presley. Jesse confirmed this fact to me back in 2012 after the CD came out in January of that year. I withheld listening to the CD so I would not have my opinion formed one way or the other until Jesse himself told me that it really is him on the CD.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2015
I thank my friend, Lisa, who shared the two following photos with me on Facebook. As you can see, both of these relate to Elvis and his law enforcement involvement.
I came across this lengthy article concerning Elvis’ interest in and involvement with law enforcement. This author doesn’t know all the REAL facts…which is a shame. He pretty much just quotes from various sources. The author has not enough knowledge to accurately fit all the pieces together. For this reason, I cannot wholeheartedly accept this article because of the rather frivolous slant which is put upon the details included.
However, I am presenting this because it does contain a trail of badges, documents, etc. showing Elvis’ involvement. As with so much of what has been written about Elvis, the man was seldom recognized in the media for his true character of deep respect and sincere interest in the enforcement of the laws of his city, county, state and federal government.
I did once ask Jesse if it is OK with him that I have the page on my site regarding his involvement in federal and other law enforcement. Jesse’s answer to me was “Oh yes. I know all kinds of people.” If I were mistaken about his true activities relating to law enforcement, Jesse would have told me to remove this information from my web site. Jesse has always been honest with me regarding the information which I share here. He knows that if he asks that anything on my site be changed or removed that I will do so immediately.
In closing, I advise my visitors to take the below article’s slant on this topic with a grain of salt. Just think outside the box which this author created.
Alighting From a Car With a Revolving Blue Light Is ‘Lawman’ Elvis Presley
By ROGER M. GRACE
Seventeenth in a Series
“He had a million badges and a blue police light on his car.”
That’s the recollection of actress Priscilla Presley, who does exaggerate the number of badges accumulated by the man to whom she was married from 1967–73. Her words appear in “Elvis, By the Presleys,” a 2005 book comprised of quotes from her, her daughter, and others who knew Elvis Presley.
Telling of his play-acting the role of a law enforcement officer in Memphis—where Graceland (then their home, now a museum) is located—she says:
“He liked nothing more than putting that light on his car and pulling people over. He’d walk up to the window, show off his official badge and say, ‘Son, you were speeding. Just want to warn you to slow down.’
“The driver would see him and remain speechless. He liked seeing himself as a [lawman] and protector of the public. He carried guns, and if he happened to see, for instance, two men fighting at a gas station, he’d drive over and stop the fight. His very presence stopped things escalating.”
Bobbie Ann Mason, in her 2007 book, “Elvis Presley: A Life,” elaborates on the gas station incident which took place in Madison, Wis.:
“Elvis loved acting out his childhood fantasy of cops and robbers. At home he had a growing arsenal of guns and a wardrobe of Superfly private-eye outfits. Several years after he got his badge, he was passing by a gas station when he saw two men assaulting a station attendant. Elvis stopped, bounded out of his limo, and broke up the fight with some karate moves. The participants were so amazed to see Elvis Presley that they stopped fighting, and Elvis posed for pictures with them.”
The Graceland website mentions:
“One night, Elvis came up on a traffic accident and got out to help the cops direct traffic.”
In his 2013 book, “The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley,” Gary Tillery says that Presley would wield a badge “on several occasions,” noting:
Presley is seen at the sight of an accident on March 26, 1976.
“Elvis…obtained a police radio and a revolving blue light to put on top of his Lincoln Mark IV. He began to patrol the streets of Memphis. Sometimes, listening to the scanner, he would jump on his motorcycle and make it to an accident or the scene of a crime before the police did. He would help out or direct traffic until they arrived.”
Over the last decade-or-so of his life, Presley acquired at least five sheriff badges, along with duplicates of them, from the county in which Memphis is located, Shelby.
“When I was sheriff I deputized Elvis,” William N. Morris is quoted as recounting in the April 2012 issue of Memphis Magazine. Morris headed the Sheriff’s Department from 1964-70, later serving as county mayor.
Roy C. Nixon, Morris’s immediate successor as sheriff (and immediate predecessor as mayor), is quoted in the 1994 book “Elvis Up Close” as saying:
Presley’s first Shelby County badge.
“Elvis was deputized under Sheriff Bill Morris. The special deputy commission was basically an honorary thing, but it did have legal authority. Elvis could have made arrests.”
A sheriff in Tennessee does have the power to appoint “special deputies.” However, the appointments are short-lived; they’re for undertaking a specific task, such as serving papers.
“The sheriff may appoint as many special deputies as the sheriff may think proper,” a statute spells out, “on urgent occasions, or when required for particular purposes.”
That’s been the law since 1870.
A 1905 Tennessee Supreme Court decision defines a “special deputy” as one who is “assigned to a special case or transaction.” A 1961 decision of the court says a sheriff may appoint a special deputy “for any particular occasion.”
So, Presley could not have had an ongoing status as a “special deputy.” He would have had that status only while on a specific assignment—and it appears he was not given any.
An 1857 opinion of the Supreme Court of Tennessee says that prior to 1845, only sheriffs could make arrests; that under legislation enacted that year, deputies now had arrest power; and that there was no reason not to recognize such power being vested in special deputies. So, Presley would have possessed a power of arrest on an occasion (if any) when he was performing duties as a special deputy. He otherwise had only the power possessed by any private person of making a citizen’s arrest.
The badge at left, bestowed on Presley by Morris, was auctioned at Graceland in January. It fetched $8,750, according to the Graceland website. (The flashing blue police light he placed atop his car went for $2,000.) A letter of authenticity pertaining to the badge is quoted on the website. Presley’s personal aide Marty Lacker says that Presley “gave me the badge when I received my Sheriff’s Deputy commission either in 1969 or 1970,” and notes:
“This is the same badge I am holding in the picture of Elvis and the guys all holding our badges in December, 1970 at Graceland which appears in many Elvis books.”
The photograph of Presley with the “Memphis Mafia,” as his entourage was dubbed, was snapped on Dec. 28, 1970, at a Graceland reception following a church wedding. The groom was one of his bodyguards, Sonny West. (Reflecting the “King’s” despotism, he insisted that the bride and groom accompany him that night to watch movies at a local theater.) Here’s what Joel Williamson in his 2014 book, “Elvis Presley: A Southern Life,” terms a “semifamous group photograph”:
Top row, from left: Presley cousin Billy Smith, former Sheriff Bill Morris, aide Lamar Fike, bodyguard Jerry Schilling, Sheriff Roy Nixon, father Vernon Presley, guitarist Charlie Hodge, bodyguard Sonny West, childhood friend George Klein, personal aide Marty Lacker. Bottom row: physician George C. Nichopolous, Presley, bodyguard Red West.
The badge held by Presley in the photo is a new one, presented to him by Nixon on Oct. 10, 1970. A UPI dispatch from Memphis published in newspapers on Oct. 13 says:
“Elvis Presley is a special Shelby county deputy sheriff, a job that allows the star to carry a pistol.
“Sheriff Roy C. Nixon confirmed Monday the commission ceremony was held privately in his office Saturday. He said Presley had been an ‘honorary’ deputy for several years.
Badge presented by Sheriff Roy Nixon.
“The sheriff said the change in status was requested by Presley’s office.
“Nixon said he had no plans to call his new special deputy for any law enforcement duties.”
That’s puzzling because the badge provided by Morris also denominated Presley a “special deputy,” not an honorary one. Too, under Tennessee law, as noted, Presley could only have qualified as a “special deputy” on such occasions as he was given a specific assignment…yet Nixon disclaimed any intention of calling him to duty.
Presley had not been, and still was not, a “special deputy,” nor was he to become one.
The badge was a silver one. The Feb. 23, 1989 issue of European Stars And Stripes says that “[p]lain silver was too mundane for the King,” and advises:
“He had it inset with diamonds and rubies. Four years later, with the capaciousness of a simple country boy who really didn’t care much for the trappings of wealth, he gave it away. Giving things away was a habit he never lost.”
According to Heritage Auctions’ description of the item:
“Elvis later gave this badge to Charlie Hodges after being issued a Chief Deputy Badge; in October 1976, Hodges returned it to Sheriff Tom Morgan upon being issued a lieutenant’s badge.”
Well, that’s not quite accurate. (I’ve previously pointed to that auction house’s lack of meticulousness.) Morgan was not sheriff; he was administrative assistant to Sheriff Gene Barksdale, who took office Sept. 1, 1976. As Morgan tells it on his website:
“Elvis gave this badge to [Deputy] Charlie Hodges when he was issued a Chief Deputy Badge. In Oct. 1976, I issued Charlie a Lieutenant’s Badge in return for his # 3 badge. He left my office happy with his new Lieutenant’s Badge and I was happy with Elvis’ old # 3 badge given to me later by Sheriff Barksdale.”
And Morgan was no doubt exceedingly happy when the badge drew a winning bid of $16,730 on Aug. 14, 2010.
The “Frequently asked questions” page on the Shelby County sheriff’s website poses the query: “Was Elvis Presley really a Special Deputy for Shelby County Sheriff’s Office?”
The answer offered is: “He sure was!”
There’s a link to this document which, on its face, renders Presley a deputy sheriff:
July 13, 1973 document declaring Presley to be a sheriff’s deputy.
That certificate purports to render Presley a full-fledged “Deputy Sheriff of Shelby County,” not a “special deputy.” But Presley was not a deputy; he did earn his living by other means. His demands to Nixon had obviously gone wild, and Nixon’s resistance to them was feeble.
Presley’s third Shelby County badge.
And it got even zanier. The sheriff actually designated Presley, a non-member of his department’s force, as his “chief deputy,” and gave him a badge reflecting the fictional status. That occurred sometime before Nixon left office Dec. 31, 1975 (assuming office the following day as the county’s first mayor).
Nixon says, in “Elvis Up Close”:
“A chief deputy is the top law enforcement officer that’s appointed under the sheriff.…Some of Elvis’ friends took that badge that I gave him, and for a birthday present, had it gold plated and had some little diamonds and rubies put in it.”
Despite Nixon giving the entertainer a commission and a chief deputy badge, the department apparently continued to regard Presley as an “special deputy.” The 1975 department yearbook so lists him.
The yearbook identifies Gerald P. Proctor as chief deputy. A Nov. 20, 2002 obituary on Proctor in Nashville‘s Commercial Appeal says he served in that capacity until his retirement “at the end of 1976.”
The chief deputy badge—Presley’s, not Proctor’s—was sold at auction, along with the jacket to which it was pinned. A description of the items by the auction house, Christie’s, says:
“Both jacket and badge were gifted to Mike McGregor, Elvis’ employee from 1967-76, and are accompanied by a letter from him attesting to the provenance of the piece, along with two images of Elvis wearing the jacket and badge.”
The estimate placed on the memorabilia was $15,000-$20,000. The final bid was $35,000.
It took extraordinary chutzpah on the part of Presley to ask for the official badges and actual ID card, and spinelessness on the part of Nixon to acquiesce. But the sheriff was not the only man named Nixon to comply with an outrageous request from Presley for a badge he was not legally entitled to have—which will be the topic of the next installment.
But,there’s more to tell about Presley’s acquiring of badges in the Volunteer State. He actually secured the badge of the only person in the department higher than the chief deputy.
From the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Year Book — 1975.
Bodyguard/aide Jerry Schilling, a member of the Memphis Mafia, tells about it in “Me and a Guy Named Elvis,” published in 2006. The author’s brother is Billy Ray Schilling, who became sheriff Jan. 26, 1976.
Jerry Schilling recounts that his brother “hadn’t been on the job long before Elvis came to see him,”continuing:
Jacket worn by Presley with ‘chief deputy’ badge pinned to it.
“Elvis showed Billy Ray the deputy sheriffs badge he’d gotten back in 1970, and said he felt he was ready for a promotion. Billy Ray told Elvis that the only higher badge available was the one he was wearing. Elvis repeated that he wanted the promotion, and said, ‘Billy Ray, you don’t want me to run against you, do you?’
(I apologize to my site visitors that the statement on the image below is not legible. I have attempted to make it clearer, but the original from the article is blurred. I can make out that it begins “In Appreciation of Elvis Aron Presley…“)
An encased badge from Sheriff Gene Barksdale.
“Billy Ray handled the situation perfectly. He gave Elvis his badge (he eventually found an identical backup that he could carry).”
Jerry Schilling expresses the notion that Presley then surrendered his 1970 chief deputy badge to Sheriff Billy Ray Schilling. But how can that statement be reconciled with Thomas Morgan’s declaration that he has possessed the badge since 1976 until its sale at auction?
Morgan advises, in an e-mail:
“Jerry’s statement is very true. There are several other instances when Elvis got the same ranking badge because he misplaced or lost a badge or the Sheriff just gave him another badge for whatever the reason. Elvis got what he wanted!”
Presley’s final Shelby County badge came from Barksdale on Sept. 1, 1976. It’s encased in a Perspex block—perhaps so it could not be flashed by some mischief-maker to whom Presley might give it.
Ironically, the Memphis denizen was never able to get his hands on an honest-to-gosh Memphis police badge. However, on Feb. 10, 1976, the police chief did give him the badge of a captain in the reserve.
Yet, there’s a statement on the Graceland website that “Elvis was Captain on Memphis’ police force (the one official badge that was not simply honorary).” The notion that he was an actual member of the city’s police force—and a captain, no less—is ludicrous.
Presley did, however, manage to finagle receipt of a Memphis police ID card which lacked the word “reserve” on it.
From the recent release of Final Countdown To Midnight comes Elvis final New Years Eve show. Here you get to see what went on that night. Elvis had fun and you will to. The King getting a liberty bell to taking requests from the audience. All in al it is a great show that everyone should watch so here you go. All rights go to the men and woman who recorded and produced this concert along with John Herman for recording the concert. Backdraft you did good. Rarities include Big Boss Man, Unchained Melody, Auld Lang Syne, Reconsider Baby and Rags To Riches. Enjoy Tracklist: Sweet Inspiration – Announcements – 2001 Theme – C.C. Rider – I Got A Woman / Amen – Big Boss Man – Love Me – Fairytale – You Gave Me A Mountain – Jailhouse Rock – Presentation of the Liberty Bell – It’s Now Or Never – My Way – Funny How Time Slips Away – Auld Lang Syne – Introduction Of Vernon and Lisa Presley – Blue Suede Shoes – Trying To Get To You – Polk Salad Annie – Introductions Of Band – What’d I Say – Love Letters – Fever – Hurt – Hound Dog – Are You Lonesome Tonight (not complete) – Reconsider Baby – Little Sister – Unchained Melody – Rags To Riches – Can’t Help Falling In Love – Closing Vamp – Announcements
SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015
I just came across a copy of Jesse’s book for sale on Ebay at a very reasonable price and with free shipping. It is a used copy but is described as in very good condition. Hope this will help someone who has been searching for a copy.
The Truth about Elvis Aron Presley: In His Own Words
Graceland Slates Elvis Birthday Celebration for 2016
Music fans from around the world will travel to Elvis Presley’s Graceland in January 2016 to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday. Numerous events are scheduled, including the Elvis Presley Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on Friday, January 8 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time, which includes a cake cutting ceremony on the front lawn of Graceland in Memphis.
The birthday celebration at Graceland will also kick-off a year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Elvis’ breakout year in music, film and television. In January 1956, Elvis’ first gold record, “Heartbreak Hotel” was released and by April had sold one million copies. He ended the year with two million-selling albums. He made his national television debut on The Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show on CBS that same year and went on to appear on network television 11 times that year, including his legendary performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He also starred in his first movie, “Love Me Tender,” and signed a seven-year film contract withParamount Pictures.
Special guest speakers at the Graceland events include Glenn Derringer who, as an 11-year-old child-prodigy pianist appeared on the Dorsey Brothers Show with Elvis in March 1956. He’ll share his memories of the man the world would later know as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Also speaking will be June Juanico, who dated Elvis in 1955-1956.
The Auction at Graceland will kick-off the celebration on Thursday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time in the Graceland Archives Studio. Among the 126 authenticated artifacts consigned for auction is the legendary guitar played by Elvis during the groundbreaking Aloha from Hawaii concert televised worldwide via satellite in 1973, and also played by Elvis at over 100 other live performances from 1971 through 1975. This Gibson Ebony Dove guitar, with an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000, has never been up for auction before and is one of the most culturally-significant and celebrated guitars in music history. Other artifacts up for auction include a 1958 handwritten two-page letter Elvis wrote to his friend Alan Fortas while he was stationed in Germany, estimated between $30,000 – $50,000, and the gold-toned microphone & cord used on stage by Elvis at the International Hotel in 1969, estimated between $10,000 – $15,000. Every artifact is authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, LLC. Register to bid online atGracelandAuctions.com. All of the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items will come from the treasured Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.
Graceland’s new Hollywood VIP exhibit, “Elvis in Hollywood: From Teen Idol to Leading Man,” will open on Thursday, January 7 and continue the 60th anniversary celebration by highlighting Elvis Presley’s time on the silver screen. The exhibit will feature artifacts from Hollywood blockbusters such as “Love Me Tender” (1956), “Loving You” (1957) and “Viva Las Vegas” (1964) to tell the story of how Elvis transitioned from groundbreaking music artist to Hollywood’s highest-paid actor. Additional artifacts include wardrobe, personal scripts (featuring his own handwritten notes), rare behind the scenes photos, and a variety of other Elvis movie memorabilia.
Other activities celebrating the birthday include the Memphis Symphony Orchestra with singer/musician/song writer Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band performing a Pops concert entitled “Love Me Tender: The Great Elvis Love Songs” on Saturday, January 9 at the Cannon Center in Memphis.
Elvis Presley “Elvis’ Christmas Album” (1957) Ranking at number one, this is the best-selling Christmas album of all time, with more than 10 million copies sold. The King reigns supreme.Plenty of authentic rockabilly along with Christmas and gospel classics make this a winner for most. If you’re not fully sold on the “all Elvis” prospect of a 12-song set, consider at least “Blue Christmas,” “Santa Claus is back in town,” and “Here Comes Santa Clause,” this is Elvis and the Jordanaires at their finest.
This article about a new high-tech slot-car type toy caught my eye. The artwork is cute and I love the “Elvis is alive” angle.
The New King of Toys
In re-imagining vintage slot car racing, Anki set the bar for 21st century play: make it a phone app, use plenty of AI, and don’t forget laser warfare.
If Elvis Presley’s still alive, he’ll love the Anki Overdrive.
The King may be baffled to hear the hottest high-tech toy of the holiday season was developed by a team of robotics and artificial-intelligence engineers to be a “game engine in the real world.” He may not know how to use smartphone apps to control its remote-control cars in a videogame battle. And he will surely be baffled by their fantastical array of simulated weapons, from “repulser fields” to “tachyon disruptors.”
Then again, Elvis would immediately recognize the Anki Overdrive as an… An electric slot-car racing set. A toy that sends multicolored cars — red, yellow, blue, green — speeding around a miniature track.
You may read the entire article at the link below:
My friend, Lisa, shared the below photo with me on Facebook. This is the clearest and most close up of this photo that I have seen. Of course, this is Elvis wearing his Federal badge. I thank Lisa so much for this.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015
Some things never change as proven by the below magazine article from long ago. That question is still valid to this very day…the lies continue in books and interviews.
My friend, Lisa, also shared this with me on Facebook…thanks again, Lisa.
A friend, Wanda, shared the following video with me in order that I could place it on a DVD for Jesse to enjoy. I did just that in my package to Jesse today. We are sharing it here as well so that my visitors can enjoy it also. My thanks to Wanda in the Netherlands.
SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2015
Jesse called me this afternoon and we had a nice visit. He said he is doing fine. He has been busy, too, with doing some Christmas things. He asked me to thank those people who have sent some things to me to be sent on to him. He especially liked the things for little Nick. He asked me about two of our close mutual friends who have been having some health problems. He said that he has enjoyed the DVDs I have sent him recently…he liked the one which was of one of his concerts and said it brought back memories.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015
I enjoyed seeing this on Facebook and want to share it as one of my own Christmas greetings for my website.
It has been quite a while since I posted the purchase information for the wonderful book by Wanda June Hill. Below is the information about the book We Remember, Elviswhich is available for purchase on Amazon. This will make a wonderful Christmas gift for any Elvis fan who has not had the pleasure of reading Wanda’s work. I have owned my copy of both of her books since 1990 and they have been a true blessing to me. I cannot recommend Wanda’s work highly enough.
Born in Kansas, raised in Oklahoma by dad & stepmother from the deep south, on a farm, as only child with lots of animals and open space. Married a Creek Indian, moved to So. Cal. with new baby. Got a job at MGM and met Elvis Presley through co-workers. He gave Wanda his home phone number, that rang in his Bel Air bedroom, she called, he answered, they talked, he asked, please call me again soon- when you have time. She did, he asked for her number and then called her husband for permission to talk to his wife; her husband who was the Elvis fan of the family, said okay- and the rest is history.
Also, the website linked below is highly recommended. Wanda is prominently shown on this site as well.
There is also another book for sale thru the above site which is about the mystical and spiritual side of Elvis. It also is excellent. Below is the title of this book which you will find mentioned on the above site.
BLUE STAR LOVE ~ From An Amazing Heart Of Grace The Spiritual Life and Mystical Heritage of a Historical Icon – Elvis Presley
December 17 , 1963 : At the end of the ceremony, where Elvis gave another $50,000+ to local charities, he turns and shakes hands with outgoing Memphis mayor Claude Armour and says a few words to newly-elected mayor William B. Ingram.
I love this photo of Elvis wearing some badges. As always, thanks to my friend, Jeannette, who shared this photo with me on Facebook.
Below is the latest news from Graceland about the grand opening of the new luxury hotel. I thought Jesse would like to see this and so I am sharing it here so that my visitors who may interested may read it also.
The Guest House at Graceland Begins Taking Reservations for Unprecedented Grand Opening Elvis Celebration and Debut Months
Historic, Star-Studded Opening Weekend for 450-Room Graceland Resort Scheduled for October 27-30, 2016, with Celebrity Appearances and Red Carpet Events Featuring Elvis’ Friends and Family
MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With construction of The Guest House at Graceland in full swing just steps away from Elvis Presley’s™ iconic Graceland® mansion in Memphis, reservations are now being accepted for the new 450-room, full-service, world-class resort hotel for late October through December 2016, starting with the historic, four-day, star-studded Grand Opening Celebration to be held October 27-30, 2016. Reservations can be made by calling Graceland Reservations at 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or visiting Graceland.com/GuestHouse.
Members of the Presley family will join an extraordinary roster of Elvis’ close friends, music artists, performers and celebrities for the Grand Opening weekend at The Guest House at Graceland — one of the most anticipated hotel openings of 2016. Special guests will include members of Elvis’ legendary entourage, musicians from Elvis’ original “TCB Band,” co-stars from Elvis’ movies, session players and back-up singers from many of Elvis’ biggest hits, and more. These special guests, who were welcomed to Graceland through the years by Elvis himself, will now mingle with new guests and music fans from around the world. Opening activities during this unprecedented celebration will be highlighted by a Guest House ribbon-cutting ceremony, red carpet VIP events and cocktail receptions, special live performances, photo opportunities and much more.
Special VIP guests scheduled to attend the Opening Celebration include Elvis’ entourage members Jerry Schilling, Dick Grob, Sam Thompson, and George Klein; musicians who performed with Elvis, including DJ Fontana, James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, David Briggs and Norbert Putnam; former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland; Elvis’ tour producer Charles Stone; Elvis’ Imperials member Terry Blackwood; Elvis’ co-stars Marlyn Mason, Cynthia Pepper and Annie Helm; and Elvis’ girlfriend in the 1950s, Dixie Locke Emmons. Many more guests will be confirmed in the coming months.
In addition to booking rooms for the opening weekend, fans worldwide have the opportunity to book rooms for The Guest House at Graceland for November and December 2016, with special events planned throughout these debut weeks, including Graceland’s annual Christmas Lighting weekend, with the Lighting Ceremony to be held on Thursday November 17, 2016.
The Guest House at Graceland, the most significant enhancement to Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982 and the largest hotel project in Memphis in over 90 years, was recently named by the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia as one of the 16 most exciting hotel openings worldwide in 2016 – the only U.S. hotel to receive this recognition. Inspired by Elvis’ iconic home, aspects of The Guest House at Graceland will reflect Elvis’ personal style and the unique character of Graceland, from the southern colonial exterior to themed specialty suites, many with designs supervised by Priscilla Presley.
“When Elvis had friends and family visit Graceland, he would have them stay at a hotel nearby. He would have been thrilled to have had his own hotel where they could stay,” stated Priscilla Presley. “Lisa and I, and our entire family, are excited that visitors from around the world will soon get to experience our unique resort hotel — The Guest House at Graceland.”
The Guest House at Graceland will feature spacious rooms and a range of elegant and contemporary facilities, including two full-service restaurants, expansive meeting and special events space, a large outdoor pool and a 464-seat theater for live performances and movies.
“The Guest House at Graceland will be an extraordinary ‘home away from home’ for music fans, Graceland guests and Memphis visitors from around the world,” said Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland LLC. “We’re pleased to be taking reservations now and look forward to providing an unprecedented visitor experience, starting with our incredible opening celebration in October 2016. The Guest House will bring guests closer to Graceland than ever before and offer the same warmth and southern hospitality that Elvis was known and loved for.”
Graceland’s new, exclusive, Diamond-level “Founders” program will provide its members with VIP privileges at the new resort, including early, exclusive access to Guest House room reservations, special room rates, room upgrades, priority admission to opening weekend celebration events, VIP invitations to special events and priority reservations for restaurants, live events and concerts. Founders can now exclusively book priority room reservations for January 2017, including the 2017 Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration weekend (January 5-8, 2017). Founders membership details are available atGraceland.com/TheFounders.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland, its related properties, including the recently-announced Guest House at Graceland 450-room hotel to be built in Memphis, as well as the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours and attractions worldwide, including “Direct from Graceland: Elvis at The O2” in London, and the new “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition” at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. In 2015, Graceland was named the world’s “Best Musical Attraction” and “Best Historic Southern Attraction” in the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards and in 2013, voted the #1 “Iconic American Attraction” in the same poll. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.