Elvis Week Guests


SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES


  Lisa Marie Presley
Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert; Thursday, August 16
Conversations on Elvis - Behind the Stage; Friday, August 17

Elvis' only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is a mother, wife, music artist, and philanthropist. Lisa has been busy touring for her new album "Storm and Grace" which has received rave reviews from music critics and garnered world-wide attention. Rolling Stone calls the new collection of raw and powerful country, folk and blues songs "the album she was born to make." In February, Lisa Marie helped launch the new Graceland exhibit, "Elvis...Through His Daughter's Eyes," which features home movies, toys and rarely-seen family mementos.

Priscilla Presley
Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert; Thursday, August 16
Conversations on Elvis – Behind the Camera; Wednesday, August 15

Former wife to Elvis, Priscilla Presley, helped open Graceland to Elvis fans in 1982 and continues to venture into new business opportunities. Her career as an actress includes such titles as the hit television show "Dallas," a starring role in the "Naked Gun" series, and a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." She continues her entrepreneurial spirit with "The Priscilla Presley Collection" which features decorative linens, furniture, art and more.




HOSTS

Tom Brown
Special Guest Host for the Elvis Week Main Stage

Tom Brown is the vice president of original productions for Turner Classic Movies.  While at TCM, Brown has been the executive in charge of production on special projects featuring Priscilla Presley, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, George Klein, Joe Esposito and the TCB Band.  He has been the host of several Elvis Week events, interviewing Elvis' band members, personal friends and movie costars.




Joey Sulipeck
Host of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

Joey Sulipeck is a lifelong Memphian and is currently the Chief Meteorologist with FOX13, the FOX News affiliate in Memphis, Tenn. He was at Graceland to cover the American Idols when they visited and he’s been active in working with Elvis Presley Enterprises for the past decade.  He was a returning host of Graceland’s annual Candlelight VigilCast and has hosted the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest since the beginning.  He’s a two-time Emmy Award winner, a member of the National Weather Association, a member of Mensa, and a true-blue Elvis fan.  



ONLINE HOSTS FOR ELVISWEEK.COM



Memphis Jones
2012 Host for ElvisWeek.com

Memphis Jones has been a life-long Elvis fan and is an expert on the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. His love for the king turned into a lifetime dedicated to music and educating people about the unique sound of Memphis's finest musicians. Memphis Jones along with his co-host, Israel Jane, will be bringing Elvis fans daily online updates with behind-the-scenes interveiws, video, and more from Elvis Week 2012.



Israel Jane
2012 Co-Host for ElvisWeek.com

Israel Jane is the winner of the "Co-Host Elvis Week with Memphis Jones" contest. He is currently a pastor in Sarasota, Florida and has been an Elvis fan since he was a little boy. Israel and his wife of 11 years are busy raising 3 little Elvis fans. As an avid Elvis collector and devoted fan, winning this contest and getting to be at Elvis Week is a dream come true. Israel will be reporting from exclusive Elvis Week events and sharing his experience online with Elvis fans here in Memphis and around the world.



Jon Waterhouse
2012 Official Blogger for ElvisWeek.com

Throughout his 20-year career in journalism, Jon has jumped at the chance to write about Elvis. He’s interviewed some of the king’s closest comrades, including Jerry Schilling and George Klein. Jon’s work regularly appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper and has popped up in national publications including Esquire, BlackBook and MTV.com. He can be heard each week as the host of “The Pop Culture King Show” and is a regular producer and writer for AM 1690's "The Voice of the Arts" in Atlanta.


SPECIAL APPEARANCES
The following will appear as special guest speakers during Elvis Week and be available for autographs during scheduled autograph sessions for event ticket holders.


Allyson Adams
Elvis Insider’s Conference; Monday, August 13

Elvis was filming his first movie in Hollywood, "Love Me Tender," when he introduced himself to Nick Adams, who was a struggling actor and part of the "Rebel Without A Cause" gang. Nick was infamous for writing about his famous friends and now Allyson Adams has published her fathers' posthumous, unedited manuscript, "The Rebel & The King." The new book is an inspirational portrait of a spiritual Elvis and details Nick Adams’ whirlwind eight days in Memphis during the king’s Tupelo Homecoming the summer of '56. Allyson will share stories from her father's book.

Bill Baize
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis & Gospel; Saturday, August 11

Bill, an ordained minister, has spent his life singing gospel. He sang tenor for the "Smitty Gatlin Trio" from 1966 - 1967 and later sang tenor for "JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet" from 1971 - 1976. Baize has performed with gospel quartets like the "Echoes of Calvary," "The Illinoisans," "The Trailsmen Quartet," and into the professional spotlight with the "Smitty Gatlin Singers." He was with the "Stamps Quartet" who took the gospel to the world through their highly respected spot with Elvis. He has also appeared at various tributes to the king in recent years.



Terry Blackwood
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis & Gospel; Saturday, August 11


Terry Blackwood is the son of Doyle Blackwood, original co-founder of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Terry's distinctive vocal styling has been featured on many chart topping singles while associated with two highly acclaimed vocal groups - "Elvis' Imperials" and "Andrus, Blackwood & Co." Terry currently sings with "Elvis' Imperials" around the world and here in the U.S. Their association with Elvis has opened many doors for them to sing their gospel songs to a large fan base.


David Briggs
Conversations on Elvis - In the Studio; Saturday, August 18


Briggs' first session was for James Joiner, and it was while working for Joiner's Tune Records that he met Jerry Carrigan, Norbert Putman and Terry Thompson. The four combined to form the original rhythm section at Rick Hall's Fame Studio, cutting hits on Arthur Alexander, Jimmy Hughes, and others. His big break came in 1965 when Floyd Cramer was late to a session with Elvis and Briggs was asked to play. He continued to play on many of Elvis’ legendary recordings in the ‘60s and ‘70s.  Briggs went on the road with Elvis in 1975 and toured with his band through 1977.

James Burton
Fan Club Presidents’ Event; Tuesday, August 14

Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert; Thursday, August 16

In 1968, James got the call from Elvis to be on his “’68 Comeback” television special, but at the time, he was working with Frank Sinatra and therefore was unavailable. Elvis told James how he always watched “The Ozzie and Harriet Show” just to see James play. James served as Elvis' lead guitarist and bandleader of the "TCB Band" throughout the remainder of Elvis’ career. James has since been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a Grammy for "Best Country Instrumental Performance" for the Brad Paisley song "Cluster Pluck."


Dave Darnell
Conversations on Elvis – Behind the Camera; Wednesday, August 15

Dave Darnell became a Staff Photographer in 1970 at The Commercial Appeal and became the Chief Photographer in 1992. He has won numerous state, regional and national awards for sports, news and feature photography. In 2007, he became Photo Editor for Administration, a position in which he edited local and wire service photographs one day each week. He recently retired in 2011 but continues to edit the Mid-South Memories photographs.
He has photographed subjects ranging from Elvis to Sinatra, seven U.S. presidents, and several sports figures.

DJ Fontana
Elvis Insiders Conference; Monday, August 13

Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert; Thursday, August 16

DJ Fontana was Elvis' drummer for 14 years and played on over 460 RCA cuts with Elvis. Fontana began his incredible career as a staff drummer in 1953 on the famous "Louisiana Hayride." While working the "Hayride" in 1954, DJ met Elvis and formed a common bond of friendship and admiration for each others immense talents. DJ, Scotty Moore and Bill Black formed Elvis' original band. DJ received the Nashville Music Award for the "Best Independent Album of the Year" in 1998 for the song "Going Back to Memphis" and was also nominated for a Grammy in 1998 for the CD "All the King's Men."

Larry Geller
Elvis Insiders Conference; Monday, August 13


Larry Geller was much more than Elvis Presley's personal hairstylist - he was one of his dearest and most trusted friends.  It was pretty much that way from the moment they met in 1964.  One of L.A.'s premier celebrity hairstylists in the 1960's, Larry clientele read like a Hollywood Who's Who, with such luminaries as Steve McQueen, Peter Sellers, Henry Fonda, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke, Robert Wagner; the list is endless. A spiritual seeker since his teens, vegetarian, and student of natural nutrition and alternative healing, Larry has dedicated his life to serving and assisting others, and to telling the story of the real Elvis Presley.

Dick Grob
Conversations on Elvis - Behind the Stage; Friday, August 17


For over ten years, Dick served as Chief of Security for Elvis Presley, his family and estate, and has provided personal protection to many other celebrities in the entertainment field and political arenas. Grob worked with the United States Presidential Security details for three Presidents and one Vice President. During his over twenty-five years in the executive protection field, Grob worked with and received specialized training from the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, California Department of Justice, United States State Department Security and various other governmental agencies.

Joe Guercio
Fan Club Presidents’ Event; Tuesday, August 14

Joe Guercio has enjoyed a prolific career, but he is probably best known and admired for his work with Elvis Presley. He was the musical director and conductor for Elvis' concert shows from the summer of 1970 to the summer of 1977 when Elvis made his last concert appearance. Along with the obvious contributions he made to Elvis' shows, including many of the triumphs of Elvis' "concert era", it was Joe Guercio who created the now almost iconic six-note theme for Elvis' stage entrances and bows.


Glen Hardin
Fan Club Presidents’ Event; Tuesday, August 14

Glen D. Hardin grew up in Texas and made his way to Los Angeles in the fall of 1961 after leaving the U.S. Navy. By early 1962 he was playing piano at the Palomino Club and soon started touring with the Crickets. Over the years he has worked with artists such as Elvis Presley, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sonny & Cher, k.d. lang, Roy Orbison, Linda Rondstat, Ike & Tina Turner and many others. His work with Elvis was from 1970 to 1976, playing live concerts with Elvis, creating some of his arrangements and being a part of numerous Elvis recordings.


Ginger Holladay and Mary Pederson
Elvis Insiders Conference; Monday, August 13


In 1969, sisters Ginger and Mary, along with Jeanne Green and Donna Thatcher, sang on Elvis' famous Memphis sessions at American Sound. They recorded the backup vocals for “In the Ghetto,”  “Suspicious Minds,” “Long Black Limousine,” “Kentucky Rain,” and “Any Day Now” among others. Mary and Ginger later toured with Ronnie Milsap, Linda Ronstadt and others. They sang on Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger In Paradise”, and “Steve Young’s Seven Bridges Road" and backed up entertainers like Sonny and Cher, Emmy Lou Harris, Roy Orbison, and others.


Charley Humbard
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis & Gospel; Saturday, August 11

Charley Humbard, a 28-year entertainment industry veteran, is the son of Rex Humbard - a minister who Elvis admired and considered a close friend. Prior to founding the Gospel Music Channel, Humbard served as senior vice president and general manager of Discovery Networks. In this capacity, Humbard launched six nationally-distributed television channels, as well as Discovery HD Theater. In a prior position at Discovery, Humbard served as vice president of network distribution and technical operations for the international networks.

 
Rex Humbard Jr.
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis & Gospel; Saturday, August 11

Rex Humbard Jr. has devoted his entire career to the Rex Humbard Foundation and has been responsible since the early 1960’s for its business, marketing and Outreach operations. He is currently CEO and COO of the Ministry and its Outreach. He was also responsible for the major Crusades conducted by the Ministry, not only in the US and Canada but also throughout the world; including Brazil, Chile, Japan, Australia, the African Continent and various other locations. He was also the “Worship Leader” and sang with the Humbard Family singers in each of those appearances.


Wanda Jackson
Elvis Insider’s Conference, Monday, August 13, 2012

The rockabilly field of the '50s wasn’t exactly crowded with female performers, but Wanda Jackson didn’t let that stop her from making her mark. She emerged from a small town in Oklahoma to become the first Queen of Rockabilly. When Jackson first toured in 1955 and 1956, she was placed on a bill with none other than Elvis. The two hit it off almost immediately and Elvis, along with her father, encouraged her to sing rockabilly. Jackson racked up 30 country hits between 1954 and 1974. In 2009, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns
Conversations on Elvis - In the Studio; Saturday, August 18

Wayne Jackson is a Memphis native who spent time in the studio with Elvis in the '70s. In 1969, Wayne and sax man, Andrew Love, incorporated as The Memphis Horns and began offering their signature sound to artists around the world. He's played on 52 number one records and 83 Gold and Platinum records. He's toured the world and shared the stage and studio with many of the most influential artists in modern music including Elvis, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Marty Robbins, among many others.


Mark James
Elvis Songwriters Showcase; Saturday, August 11

Mark James is famous for writing hits for Elvis, B.J. Thomas, and Brenda Lee. The Texas native crossed paths with the king after being signed on as a staff writer for Memphis producer Chips Moman's publishing company. James originally recorded "Suspicious Minds" in 1968 but from a lack of commercial success, handed it over to Elvis who made it a #1 single in 1969. James greatest personal success came with another Elvis hit after co-writing "Always on My Mind" with Wayne Carson and Johnny Christopher. James received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year after Willie Nelson's 1982 rendition.

June Juanico
Elvis Insiders Conference; Monday, August 13


June Juanico was a former beauty queen and an Elvis Presley fan from Biloxi, Mississippi, whom Elvis dated in 1955 and 1956. Elvis took three weeks of vacation with June in 1956, after having recorded his songs "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" at RCA Studios in New York.
June Juanico met Elvis for the first time after one of his early concerts in Biloxi in 1955, when he was on the verge of the super stardom.



Egil "Bud" Krogh
Elvis Insiders Conference; Monday, August 13


Egil "Bud" Krogh was a Former aide to President Nixon during the time when Elvis came to visit the Oval Office. Krogh met Elvis first and arranged the meeting where Elvis was named a "federal agent at large" in the war on drugs. Krogh later authored the 1994 book entitled "The Day Elvis Met Nixon." Over the last five years, Bud has focused on spreading the message of integrity-based decision making through youth, corporate, public service, and legal education.




Dickey Lee
Elvis Songwriters Showcase; Saturday, August 11

When Memphis was opening the doors of rock 'n' roll, Dickey Lee was beginning his career in music. His career began with hits such as his #1 million seller "Patches" and then "I Saw Linda Yesterday," followed by "Laurie." Elvis heard Dickey's first recording "Dream Boy" in 1957 and invited him to his house in Memphis. Sam Phillips heard it and signed Dickey to Sun Records. Dickey continued to record and in 1971 signed with RCA Records. He also had great success as a songwriter, including the hit "She Thinks I Still Care," which hit #1 for George Jones, Anne Murray and Elvis Presley.


Dixie Locke
Elvis Insiders Conference; Monday, August 13

Dixie Locke was Elvis' high school sweetheart. The two met while attending Humes High School and continued to date during his time spent with Sun Records. Dixie met Elvis while attending church at the First Assembly of God in Memphis. The two later bumped into each other at the Rainbow Rollerdom. Elvis and Dixie attended the all-night gospel singing at Ellis Auditorium on February 26, 1954. The two dated off and on over the next two years while Elvis performed random shows. Elvis attended the junior and senior proms with Dixie at South Side High School in 1954 and 1955.

Manny Lopez
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis in the Movies; Sunday, August 12

Manny Lopez is an accomplished band leader, musician, composer, and former night club owner who worked and appeared with Elvis Presley in several musical numbers for the film “Fun In Acapulco.” Manny was also asked to coach Elvis in Spanish for “Guadalajara” which was the closing song and finale. He has toured and performed with his band in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Miami, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Havana Cuba, and other well known venues. Manny has recorded six albums including such titles as “Cha-Cha-Cha If You Please” and “Why Not Cha-Cha-Cha.”

Mary Ann Mobley
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis in the Movies; Sunday, August 12

After serving her reign as Miss America 1959, Mobley embarked on what has been a long career in both film and television. She has been active in many charitable causes and was awarded the Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award in 1966 by Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson. Mobley appeared in several movies, including two with Elvis in 1965, "Girl Happy" and "Harum Scarum." She also appeared on several television shows including Fantasy Island, Custer, Mission: Impossible and The Love Boat.


Tom Moffatt
Conversations on Elvis - Behind the Stage; Friday, August 17

In 50 years as a promoter in paradise, Tom Moffatt has staged the biggest acts in the business - from Elvis Presley to Elton John, Nureyev to the Harlem Globetrotters, and Sinatra to the Rolling Stones. Moffatt was a close friend to both Elvis and his manager Colonel Tom Parker and played a major role in bringing Elvis to Hawaii for several appearances including the "Aloha from Hawaii- Satellite Special." Tom Moffatt has produced hundreds of concerts and performances in nearly every entertainment genre, in the U.S. and throughout the Pacific.


Joe Moscheo
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis & Gospel; Saturday, August 11

The Imperials worked on a regular basis with Elvis on stage and in the recording studio from 1969 until the latter half of 1971, beginning with his triumphant 1969 Las Vegas engagement. A major highlight of their collaboration with him was the 1971 recording of "He Touched Me," an album that earned Elvis his second Grammy Award, Best Inspirational Performance for 1972. Over the years, the group in its various membership incarnations have released over forty albums racking up twelve Grammy Awards and 13 of the gospel field's Dove Awards. The Imperials' have all been inducted into Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame.

Chris Noel
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis in the Movies; Sunday, August 12


Called “the next Marilyn Monroe,” starlet Chris Noel co-starred the hit movie "Girl Happy" alongside Elvis. In 1965, after visiting wounded veterans in a hospital, Chris realized her true calling and became a soldier. Chris became a DJ for Armed Forces Radio Network, and her daily radio show, "A Date with Chris," was an instant hit. In the 1990s, after opening a number of shelters for homeless veterans, she went on to become a national advocate and icon for a lost generation of Vietnam vets. Noel details her experience working with Elvis in her new book "Filming Girl Happy."

Loanne Parker
Conversations on Elvis - Behind the Stage; Friday, August 17

Loanne Parker was hired in 1971 by RCA Records Tours as the tour secretary for Elvis’ tour and held that position throughout Elvis' touring years. She was also Colonel Parker's companion and confidant for over 25 years and they married in 1990.  She worked alongside Elvis and the Colonel during the final years of Elvis' life.




Tom & Billie Perryman
Elvis Insiders Conference; Monday, August 13

Tom Perryman got his start in radio in the 40’s at KEBE in Jacksonville, Texas. He then went on to promote such acts at Elvis, Jim Ed Brown and Hank Thompson as a DJ at KSIJ in Gladewater, Texas. Tom became good friends with Elvis during the East Texas Tour in 1954. Elvis made his first appearance in Gladewater, Texas, at a show put on at the Mint Club by Tom Perryman. Tom and Billie became friends to Elvis and KSIJ radio station became a refuge for Elvis when the excitement was more than he could handle.  Billie, Tom’s wife, would feed Elvis banana pudding and would wash his stage shirt after each performance.

Norbert Putnam
Conversations on Elvis - In the Studio; Saturday, August 18

Norbert Putnam, known as "Putt" by Elvis, played bass on the first hit records that established “Muscle Shoals” as a recording destination. In 1964 the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section opened the first American Beatles concert in Washington, D.C. Later that year Putnam moved to Nashville and quickly became Nashville’s busiest pop-rock bassist playing on thousands of recordings by such diverse artists such as Elvis and Roy Orbison. In 1970, Norbert and David Briggs opened Quadrafonic Studio and formed Danor Music Publishing. Putnam was to become Nashville’s top pop/rock producer and Quad became Nashville’s number one independent studio.

Jerry Schilling
Elvis Insiders Conference; Monday, August 13

Jerry Schilling was with Elvis the day he met President Nixon and he also worked with Elvis throughout his career. As his life-long friend, he traveled around the country on Elvis' tours. He has spent forty years in the entertainment industry working as an actor, film editor, producer, and manager for acts such as the Beach Boys and Jerry Lee Lewis. He still currently resides in the West Hollywood Hills home that Elvis gave him.


Donnie Sumner
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis & Gospel; Saturday, August 11

Donnie's professional career began in the early sixties when he became the lead vocalist and arranger for "J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet." During the last three years of Donnie's service with J. D. Sumner and The Stamps, Elvis hired the group as back-up vocalist. In 1970, while with the "Stamps," Donnie received the Gospel Music Association's prestigious Dove Award for "Gospel Song of the Year" with his composition, "The Night Before Easter." Donnie was also awarded the SESAC award as "Best Country Songwriter" in 1969 and was nominated in 1970 for a Grammy award for "Country Song of the Year" for "The Things That Matter."

Charles Stone
Conversations on Elvis - Behind the Stage; Friday, August 17

As the tour producer for Elvis Presley throughout the 1970’s, Charles Stone had the rare opportunity to be closely associated with both Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker. Being in the unique position of traveling with Elvis and also managing the personal details of each tour, Charles experienced daily life in Elvis’ world and also developed a close working relationship with Colonel Parker and the entire TCB gang. In the late 1960’s, Concerts West recruited Charles to promote famous artists such as Elvis Presley.


Jan Shepard
Conversations on Elvis – Elvis in the Movies; Sunday, August 12

Elvis costar Jan Shepard starred in such films as "King Creole" and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style." Shepard continued her career as an actress starring in popular films including "Attack of the Giant Leeches" and "That Certain Summer." Jan also made several guest appearances on popular television programs such as "Gunsmoke" and "Perry Mason." Shepard continues to share her stories about time spent alongside the king.



Richard Sterban
Conversations on Elvis - In the Studio; Saturday, August 18

Richard Sterban toured with J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet and sang backup for Elvis early in his career. He joined The Oak Ridge Boys in 1972 and ultimately became famous for his "oom-pa-pa-oom-pa-pa-mau-mau" bass solo in the Oak Ridge Boys' 1981 smash hit, "Elvira." In addition to touring with The Oak Ridge Boys and enjoying his passions of baseball and biking, Richard is also the “voice” for the Classic Country channel on Sirius XM.



Mike Stoller
Elvis Songwriters Showcase; Saturday, August 11

Mike Stoller is one-half of the legendary songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller. Over the course of a 61 year partnership, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller created enduring classics in a variety of genres including Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Country, Jazz, Cabaret, and—perhaps most notably—Rock & Roll. If Elvis Presley was the King of Rock 'n' Roll, then Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were certainly two of the most important powers behind that throne. It’s impossible to think of Elvis without thinking of “Hound Dog,” “Loving You,” or “Jailhouse Rock.”


Sam Thompson
Conversations on Elvis - Behind the Stage; Friday, August 17

Sam first met Elvis Presley in 1972 through an invitation extended by his sister, and Elvis’ girlfriend, Linda Thompson. Sam and Elvis quickly became friends, and in July 1973, Elvis purchased a home for Sam less than one mile away from Graceland. Sam toured with Elvis from 1972 until 1976 as Elvis’ friend and companion. He also worked for Elvis full-time as his personal bodyguard in 1976. Sam provided security for Elvis at Graceland, at his other homes in California, and on tour. Sam accompanied Elvis on 10 separate road tours, comprising approximately 130 concert and stage performances.

Alfred Wertheimer
Conversations on Elvis – Behind the Camera; Wednesday, August 15

In 1956, freelance photographer Alfred Wertheimer was assigned to photograph a 21-year-old singer who RCA was promoting. It was Elvis Presley, a name the 26-year-old Wertheimer did not recognize when he trekked down to New York City's Studio 50 to photograph Presley's appearance on Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show. A series of extraordinary photographs document this brief moment in time when Elvis Presley was on the cusp of national stardom. Al would go on to spend around ten days with Elvis over the next two years and shoot roughly 2,500 photographs.


Chip Young
Conversations on Elvis - In the Studio; Saturday, August 18

Chip Young is a renowned guitarist and producer who has lent his thumb-style picking to major country recordings by Elvis, Dolly Parton, and Charley Pride. The Atlanta native began his professional career playing guitar with legend Jerry Reed and singer-songwriter Joe South during the late 1950s. He joined the Army in 1961, and after his discharge in 1963 Young moved to Nashville to become a touring guitarist behind Reed. Young soon became an in-demand studio guitarist in Nashville and was a regular member of Presley’s studio band between 1965 and 1977.



ENTERTAINMENT
 
Andy Childs

Elvis Songwriters Showcase; Saturday, August 11
Elvis Week Kick-Off Concert; Saturday, August 11
Memphis Boys Salute; Tuesday, August 14
On Stage with Terry Mike Jeffrey and Andy Childs; Thursday, August 16


 Andy has opened for Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Charlie Daniels Band, and many other top country stars.  In August of 2007, Andy Childs and Sixwire flew to Las Vegas to audition for American Idol's new show "The Next Great American Band," where after twelve weeks of performing original and cover songs on the FOX television series, they finished in second place.
Terry Mike Jeffrey
Memphis Boys Salute; Tuesday, August 14
On Stage with Terry Mike Jeffrey and Andy Childs; Thursday, August 16
Elvis Week Farewell Dance Party Featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and Jamie Aaron Kelley; Saturday, August 18

Terry Mike Jeffrey is a singer, Emmy-nominated songwriter, entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, musical director, arranger and actor. He was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and was singing on stage by the age of 3. Throughout childhood he'd mastered the guitar, piano, sax, and drums. Terry Mike has received critical praise from the New York Times, Variety, LA Times, and Music Row Magazine. He has had Network TV appearances on NBC's Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN's Showbiz Today and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.

José Feliciano
On Stage with Terry Mike Jeffrey and Andy Childs; Thursday, August 16

Jose Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin artist to cross over into the English music market. He's been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records and won sixteen Grammy nominations, earning him eight Grammy Awards. Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics throughout the world as "the greatest living guitarist." Inspired by his visit to Graceland during the 2012 Birthday Celebration, his upcoming album, "The King...by Jose Feliciano," is produced by Elvis' long-time friend George Klein and is a tribute to Elvis. Feliciano is a singer, virtuoso guitarist and composer known for many international hits including the 1970 Christmas single "Feliz Navidad."

Lori Anderson
Elvis and Friends Concert; Wednesday, August 15

Inspired to follow her dream by being an Elvis fan, she followed that dream to runner-up in the Indiana state finals singing competition in the late 1980s and on to RCA Studios in Nashville in the early 1990s. After 10 years of ups and downs in the music business, she released her “Goodbye Town” album through IMASTAR Records and had six songs from her debut album reach the radio airwaves.  Lori performed at Graceland and the Hard Rock Cafe with Gavin Kelly during Elvis Week 2010 and tributes Elvis with giving her the dream to pursue music.



Brad Birkedahl
Elvis Week Kick-Off Concert; Saturday, August 11
Elvis and Friends Concert; Wednesday, August 15
EP Party Jam; Thursday, August 16


Brad relocated to Memphis in the mid-90s where he performed nightly for thousands of fans. When he wasn't playing on historic Beale Street he was traveling around the world to places like Spain and France - sharing the stage with musical legends such as Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson, James Burton, The TCB Band, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, Billy Lee Riley, The Stray Cats, and DJ Fontana. He's performed for Presidents and Prime Ministers. Birkedahl also played the role of Scotty Moore in the highly acclaimed film "Walk the Line."

EAS Band
Elvis Tribute Band

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest; August 17 & 18

EAS is a professional 7 to 11 piece Elvis tribute band that tours and performs behind Elvis tribute artists all over the world. Founded back in the early 1970's, EAS takes great pride in their ability to master all eras of Elvis's prolific and magical career. The EAS vision is to keep Elvis's memory alive with true representations of his music dating from the 1950's through 1977. EAS is rated the 1 Elvis tribute band in the world. The band has performed sold out shows in Europe, Canada and hundreds of events in the United States.

Elvis’ Imperials
Southern Gospel Celebration; Sunday, August 12

Elvis' Imperials worked on a regular basis with Elvis on stage and in the recording studio from 1969 until the latter half of 1971. Over the years, the group in its various membership incarnations has released over forty albums with fourteen of their songs hitting number one, and they have racked up twelve Grammy Awards and 13 of the gospel field's Dove Awards. They were the first Christian group to perform on a Grammy Awards telecast. The Imperials' current and former members are recent inductees into Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame.

Holladay Sisters
Memphis Boys Salute; Tuesday, August 14

In 1969, sisters Ginger and Mary, along with Jeanne Green and Donna Thatcher, sang on Elvis' famous Memphis sessions at American Sound. They recorded the backup vocals for “In the Ghetto,”  “Suspicious Minds,” “Long Black Limousine,” “Kentucky Rain,” and “Any Day Now” among others. Mary and Ginger later toured with Ronnie Milsap, Linda Ronstadt and others. They sang on Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger In Paradise”, and “Steve Young’s Seven Bridges Road" and backed up entertainers like Sonny and Cher, Emmy Lou Harris, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others.

Memphis Boys
Memphis Boys Salute; Tuesday, August 14

The Memphis Boys are a self-named rhythm section whose professional careers began in and around Memphis in the early sixties. In the earlier stages of their career, they boast about having played on more hit recordings during a six month period than any other studio rhythm section in history (Billboard Magazine). Among these hits are:
Elvis' "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain." Decades later, The Memphis Boys are still entertaining several generations of fans.


Change of Habit Band
Elvis Tribute Band

Celebrate the King; Sunday, August 12

The Change of Habit Tribute Band (COH) is from Chicago, Illinois.. The band specializes in professional, accurate and authentic recreations of each era in Elvis Presley's musical history. COH have performed worldwide at Elvis competitions, festivals and conventions, and Elvis concert tours. The members of COH have been playing Elvis music for three decades and enjoy tailoring each song arrangement to best represent the exact concert experience.

Former Members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet
Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill

Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert; Thursday, August 16

One of the great names in Southern gospel, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet were Elvis' male back-up singers from 1971 to 1977. Members during the group's time spent with Elvis include: J.D. Sumner, Bill Baize, Tony Brown, Ed Enoch, Ed Hill, Dave Rowland, Richard Sterban, Larry Strickland, Donnie Sumner, Ed Wiedman and others. J.D. Sumner & The Stamps were part of the early tours of the recent hit show Elvis Presley in Concert and continued as a group until J.D.'s death in 1998.

Former Members of The Imperials
Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood, Jim Murray, Armond Morales

Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert; Thursday, August 16

The Imperials, an innovative contemporary gospel group formed by Jake Hess, worked with Elvis in the recording studio from 1966 to 1971. From 1969 to 1971, they were his male back-up singers on stage. Members of the group during the time they worked with Elvis on stage included: Terry Blackwood, Greg Gordon, Armond Morales, Joe Moscheo, Jim Murray, and Roger Wiles. Post Elvis member Sherman Andrus joined in the friendship they shared with Elvis after they stopped performing with him.

Jamie Aaron Kelley
Elvis and Friends Concert; Wednesday, August 15
EP Party Jam; Thursday, August 16
Elvis Week Farewell Dance Party; Saturday, August 18


Jamie Aaron Kelley is an internationally-touring performer, award-winning songwriter and recording artist, producer, actor and voice-over artist. As an accomplished musician and entertainer, Jamie has sold-out shows in Japan, Atlantic City, The Netherlands and Canada. Also a huge Elvis fan and collector, Jamie set a world record singing every song recorded by Elvis (roughly 800) - after which he was named "An Ambassador To A New Generation Of Elvis Fans" by Graceland.

Gavin Kelly
Elvis and Friends Concert; Wednesday, August 15


Gavin, an IMASTAR Records recording artist, moved from Southern California, to Nashville, Tenn. and was a contestant on the third season of CMT’s “Nashville Star.” Gavin has been writing, recording, and co-writing for the last 10 years with some of Nashville’s top writers and musicians. He has released several country singles and is currently working on his debut album with IMSTAR Records. Gavin performed at Graceland and the Hard Rock Cafe with Lori Anderson during Elvis Week 2010.

Duke Mason
Elvis Week Farewell Dance Party; Saturday, August 18


A truly multi-talented and exciting performer, Duke sings, plays guitar, keyboard, bass and drums. He began singing in personal appearances with his family when he was only four years old. At the age of seven, he met and sang with the world famous "Duke Of Paducah" at a state fair in Des Moines, Iowa. He has also been a featured soloist with his family in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Jamaica, and Mexico. Duke has made several guest appearances with The Terry Mike Jeffrey Band.

The Sweet Inspirations
Estelle Brown, Portia Griffin, Kelly Jones

Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert; Thursday, August 16


The Sweet Inspirations provided back-up vocals for Aretha Franklin and other R&B great and racked up a hit with their signature song "Sweet Inspiration" before joining Elvis in 1969. Estelle Brown, Cissy Houston, Sylvia Shemwell, and Myrna Smith were the members during the first appearances with Elvis. The Sweet Inspirations were Elvis' female back-up singers from 1969 to 1977. Their rich R&B, gospel-infused harmonies and stage presence delighted Elvis and his audiences.

Soul City from First Assembly of God Church
Morning Gospel Singin' with First Assembly of God Church; Saturday, August 18


Soul City is made up of four powerful voices that move audiences:  Bob Geabhart, minister and actor, has many credits in theater, television and film, and has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe; Corey Riggs, a dynamic tenor, new to the gospel scene but has years of experience singing pop and rock from LA to New York City; Ben Kirk, accomplished song writer and minister, recently premiered his first contemporary Christian solo album. 
MARK209
Southern Gospel Celebration; Sunday, August 12

MARK209 is a gospel quartet with a rich history in Southern Gospel. With their distinct four part harmonies, featuring lows that will rattle the floor, and highs that touch the sky, they have a unique, distinctive sound that will blow you away. MARK209 includes Nathaniel Justice, Jym Howe, Jimmy Reno, and Joe Armstrong - four distinctive and recognizable voices blended together to bring encouragement, inspiration and an interactive worship experience for Elvis fans gathered in Memphis from around the world.

Members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert; Thursday, August 16


The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to meaningful musical experiences is the heart of its past, present, and future. The MSO is an integral part of the cultural, educational, and economic life of the Bluff City and has been since 1952. The MSO family brings symphonic music to more than half a million people annually, whether they tune in on the radio or television or attend a live performance. 

Gladys and Maybelle
On Stage with Terry Mike Jeffrey and Andy Childs; Thursday, August 16

Gladys and Maybelle are Texas bred songbirds who have been singing in the Fort Worth Stockyards since August 2010 when they took to the streets to raise money for their yearly voyage to Elvis Week.  After the warm Fort Worth welcome they continued on with their act, incorporating favorite old-school country songs into their repertoire and naming themselves, Gladys & Maybelle, after Gladys Presley and Mother Maybelle Carter. They have since written and recorded "Memphis Cash," a full length album of original songs. This duo can often be found in the Fort Worth Stockyards, singing their sibling harmonies, in their colorful, vintage dresses and pillbox hats.

Jeff Wenberg
Elvis and Friends Concert; Wednesday, August 15

Jeff Wenberg discovered his inner Elvis through his earliest musical memories like "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole." When he wasn’t trying to record Elvis songs off the television set with his handheld tape recorder, he was letting his dad lead the way into the world of old rock 'n' roll. A chance encounter with legendary songwriter/keyboardist Bruce McCabe (Jonny Lang) motivated Jeff to continue his pursuits. Motivated by this experience, Jeff then formed his band The Mighty Others, which has taken him on an incredible journey many musicians dream about. Jeff and The Mighty Others are now tearing up the Twin Cities music scene and recording an EP of their roots-driven rock 'n' roll.



ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTS



Shawn Klush
2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Winner

Spirit of the King; Friday, August 17

Shawn Klush has emerged as the world’s top professional Elvis Tribute Artist. IN 2007, Shawn was the first-ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. He was named the “World’s Greatest Elvis” by 6.5 million international viewers on BBC1 Television in the United Kingdom. He has performed with Elvis’ closest friends, musicians and singers and portrayed Elvis in the hit TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll” which aired on CBS and VH1.


Brandon Bennett
2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Winner

Celebrate the King; Sunday, August 12

Brandon Bennett was named the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist for 2008. Brandon was crowned as the best in the world. Brandon is now taking his talents on the road in a high energy show that features all era's of Elvis's career. His uncanny ability to entertain an audience is unmatched. His ability to recreate Elvis's performances from the 50's to the 70's concert years has his audiences on the edge of their seats.


Bill Cherry
2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Winner

Celebrate the King; Sunday, August 12

Bill Cherry is the winner of the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. A life-long fan, Bill began his professional ETA career in 1989, eager to honor the memory and music of his idol. He specializes in the concert years. Bill takes great pride in each performance. Onstage, he completely transforms himself into the King of Rock & Roll. With precise vocals, movements, and an uncanny physical resemblance, Bill's interpretive style is instantly recognizable and embraced by his audience.


Justin Shandor
2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Winner

Celebrate the King; Sunday, August 12

Justin's mother introduced him to Elvis when he was 8 years old and she brought home one of his Christmas cassettes around the holidays. He began professionally doing his tribute around the age of 16. Justin says it means everything to him to be able to be part of the Ultimate ETA Contest. Justin's favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream."




Cody Slaughter
2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Winner

Spirit of the King; Friday, August 17

Cody Slaughter was named the 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist this past August. In July of 2011, at the Las Vegas Elvis Fest, Cody received The Horizon Award for best new Elvis Tribute Artist. Cody has performed all across the country after taking on the rock of Elvis in hit musical production "Million Dollar Quartet." Slaughter has been performing at special events, corporate functions, and entertainment venues throughout the United States.




Semifinalists from the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Showcase; Tuesday, August 14
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round 1; Friday, August 17
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round 2; Friday, August 17
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round; Saturday, August 18


Elvis tribute artists from around the world will compete at Elvis Week 2012. In response to the excitement generated by previous contests, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest features some of the most skilled Elvis tribute artists in the world. See our list of 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semifinalists.