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!

Peeking Inside the Vaults of the Graceland Archives

The Presleys weren’t hoarders, but they also didn’t get rid of many things they owned pre- or post-fame, including report cards, receipts and grocery store lists. Thankfully most of their collection was organized and today all of those documents, furniture, clothing and more are part of the famous Graceland Archives. Launched during Elvis Week 2014, a fascinating new addition was...
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Homecoming: Return to Tupelo

Memphis is Elvis mecca – home to his famous mansion Graceland, Beale Street where he would buy his clothes and soak up the blues, and of course Sun Studio where he would cut his first record that put both Elvis and Sam Phillips’ tiny studio on the music map. When you read a book though, you don’t start in the middle, which is where Elvis and Memphis intersect. You start at the beginning,...
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Elvis Reimagined: Duets and Remixes

Barbara. As in Streisand. Yes, it’s true, Babs and the King will duet on “Love Me Tender” as part of her new Partners album due out (Sept. 16) next week. One of the songs that helped make Elvis a household name, this reimagined duet of “Love Me Tender” has been widely praised by the music industry, considered “breathtaking” by Parade music writer Lindsay Lowe. Approved by the Presley family, a...
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Elvis: Innovator and Icon of Fashion

Stunning. Just one word sums up how Elvis looked, and it was more than just his chiseled facial features. His charisma and voice are what helped catapult the boy from Tupelo to super-stardom, but you can bet  his personal style is one of the things that set him apart from other acts found on stage at the time, keeping him in the spotlight and in the hearts and minds of many. He will forever be...
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Top 10 Moments of Elvis Week 2014

By Jon Waterhouse With the whirlwind of Elvis Week 2014 now at a close, the task of putting it all into words remains a challenge. Having another opportunity to be dropped in the eye of this event’s hurricane gives me the unique perspective of what an enormous impact Elvis has and continues to have on millions. Elvis Week is the embodiment of that impact and a celebration like no other. Yet...
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Elvis Week Day 8: Elvis Takes the Big Screen

By Jon Waterhouse Walk a mile in my shoes? Yesterday I ran three miles in my shoes for the Elvis Presley 5K. After defying my snooze button, I barely made it to the race on time. I arrived to find Elvis Presley Boulevard packed to the gills with runners ready to slap sneakers on the pavement. Slipping in line, I did a few stretches and chatted it up with some of the participants around me. Misty...
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Elvis Week Day 7: Remembering the King – Elvis Presley

By Jon Waterhouse We’ve heard the old adage “time flies when you’re having fun.” Yet Tom Brown, host of yesterday’s sold-out Conversations on Elvis, proved there’s a reason we’re still saying it. Elvis Week’s ace host has the ability to make three hours feel like 15 minutes. Time breezed by as he chatted with Elvis’s “Kissing Cousins” co-star Cynthia Pepper; Joe Moscheo and Terry Blackwood of...
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Elvis Week Day 6: Big Things Happening at Graceland

By Jon Waterhouse Like any great celebration, surprises always spring out of the box at Elvis Week. Yesterday at the Official Insiders Event, we scored a big one. Main stage emcee Tom Brown, the Johnny Carson of Elvis Week, introduced Jack Soden, President and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. After some pleasantries, Soden welcomed a living, breathing bonus feature to the Main Stage: Priscilla...
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Elvis Week Day 5: Dreams Come True at Elvis Week

By Jon Waterhouse Call it cliche, but dreams come true at Elvis Week. In fact, the whole shebang revolves around one man’s dream that reverberated into reality. And we’re still feeling the results of that dream today. Nowhere was it more apparent than yesterday at Graceland’s Main Stage. The Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event centered around the charitable efforts of Elvis fan clubs,...
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Elvis Week Day 4: A Day in the Life of an Elvis Tribute Artist

By Jon Waterhouse Oh, the life of the ETA. They get to shroud themselves in the coolest of shimmering stage wear, bask in the warmth of adoring fans and take their Elvis appreciation to the stage. These guys have it made. Am I right? Not so fast, Lucky Jackson. What we fans don’t see are the grueling hours of prep, the mounting pressure and the unrelenting frustrations that can knock the wind...
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