The Official Blog of Graceland

Welcome to the official blog of Elvis Presley’s Graceland! We kick off our new blog with all of the exciting events taking place during Elvis Week 2014. You can also take Elvis-inspired quizzes, get first-looks on events here at Graceland and how-to guides on everything you need to know about Elvis and his home. Like Elvis, we come with a little southern charm!

Q&A: 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist David Lee

Dreams came true for David Lee on August 13, 2015, when he was named the 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, and a big Elvis fan, David advanced to the Semifinal and Final Rounds during Elvis Week after winning the Ocean City Elvis Festival’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Preliminary Round. David won the title of 2015 Ultimate ETA, a contract to...
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Elvis Week Instagram Challenge

Just before Elvis Week, we issued a challenge to Elvis fans: Share your Elvis Week experience on Instagram. We asked fans to snap photos while they’re at Elvis Week at Graceland, tag Graceland and post those pictures to Instagram. And, as always, Elvis fans answered the challenge. There were hundreds of photos tagged #ElvisWeek, #Graceland and more, and here are just a very few of our...
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Candlelight Vigil

By Alyssa Long The Candlelight Vigil is completely different from all other Elvis Week events. While other things during the week are high energy, loud and entertaining (all in very good way), the Candlelight Vigil is a time when everyone can gather together and pay their respects to Elvis Presley. This year, an estimated 30,000 people arrived at the Graceland gates to remember the king. The...
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Viva Las Vegas

By Alyssa Long Elvis fans are very unique in that they like to soak up every detail and learn as much as they can about Elvis Presley. This week, I’ve talked at length about Elvis and his time in Memphis. Well, there was another city that made a big impact on Elvis and where he can still be found today… Las Vegas. Last night, there was an Elvis in Vegas Tribute Concert featuring the Terry Mike...
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Things You Might Not Know About Elvis Tribute Artists

By Alyssa Long The top Elvis Tribute Artists, aka ETAs, in the world gather in Memphis during Elvis Week to complete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Throughout the year there are Elvis Tribute Artist competitions across the globe. The winners of these competitions are in the running to become the Ultimate ETA. I was able to sit down and chat with David Allen, one of this year’s top...
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Elvis Presley is Everywhere

By Ayssa Long We are just past the halfway point of Elvis Week 2015 and I don’t know about you, but I am having the time of my life! Whether you made the trip to Graceland this year, or you are following along at home, this Elvis Week is one for the books. The thing that continues to amaze me is how Elvis is still such an influence in people’s lives and how he can still be found just about...
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Touring Elvis Presley’s Graceland Archives

By Alyssa Long Did you know there are over 1.5 million artifacts at Elvis Presley’s Graceland? I had the opportunity to sit down with Angie Marchese, the Director of Archives, and she told me some very interesting stories about Elvis and Graceland that you might not have heard before.   The Samurai Sword   Every once in a while, the archivists who work solely at Graceland will go...
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Alyssa’s Favorite Things – Elvis Presley’s Graceland Edition

By Alyssa Long Whether you live right around the corner from Elvis Presley’s Graceland or you’re halfway across the world, you should absolutely bring some Elvis home with you! Luckily, the gift shops at Graceland are stocked with many unique, useful, and oh so cute things for every Elvis fan. Personally, in my home, I have one of the Elvis swinging hip pendulum clocks. It’s always a great...
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Elvis Presley’s Tupelo

By Alyssa Long Tupelo, Mississippi, located about an hour outside of Memphis, is where Elvis Presley grew up. Elvis lived in this tiny town until he was 13 years old and his family packed up their car and moved to Memphis, Tennessee. I had the opportunity to visit and it was truly incredible to see the humble beginning Elvis had and how this sleepy town shaped the man he was to become. If you...
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Elvis Presley in Memphis

By Alyssa Long When people think of Memphis, oftentimes the first thing that comes to mind is Elvis Presley’s Graceland. However, the entire city of Memphis played a very important role in Elvis’ life both personally and professionally. Here are some other Memphis places that were significant to Elvis Presley:   Chisca Hotel It was here, in the Chisca Hotel on July 8, 1954, that Elvis...
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