Each week, a rare or never-before-seen photo or document from the Graceland archives is added to the Elvis Insiders
artifacts gallery. This gallery is exclusive to Elvis Insiders Basic and Plus members. Insiders can click here to see the complete gallery.
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May 11, 2013
In celebration of ENCORE's month-long Elvis movie marathon
, Elvis Insiders can now check out some exclusive artifacts from Elvis' "Blue Hawaii." "Blue Hawaii" was the first of three Elvis films to be shot in Hawaii, followed by "Girls! Girls! Girls!" in 1962 and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" in 1965. During Elvis' time filming in Hawaii, he always stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki. This week's exclusive Insiders artifact features an itemized bill from the hotel with several of the Memphis Mafia's purchases. Insiders can also check out a rare Blue Hawaii artifact currently on display here at Graceland in the “Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!” Exhibit
. This is the first exhibit to explore Elvis’ connection with the islands. The exhibit allows guests to experience Elvis’ Hawaii and see why it was one of his favorite places to vacation and film. Basic and Plus members can view these exclusive images in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.
May 3, 2013
In celebration of ENCORE's month-long Elvis movie marathon, Elvis Insiders can check out some exclusive artifacts pertaining to Elvis film career. Recently, we held the first Elvis Tweet-A-Long
to "Girls! Girls! Girls!" Fans were able to follow @ElvisPresley
and get fun movie trivia, photos, and more - LIVE as the movie aired on ENCORE. "Girls! Girls! Girls!" is a 1962 musical comedy film starring Elvis which opened at #6 on the Variety box office chart and finished the year at #31 on the year-end list of the top-grossing movies of 1962. Basic and Plus Insiders now have access to a check written to the Hilton Hawaiian Village, where Elvis stayed while filming. Insiders also have access to the original movie poster currently on display here at Graceland. Basic and Plus members can view these exclusive images in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.
April 25, 2013
As part of the 75th Anniversary, Elvis Presley Enterprises is teaming up with a charity close to Elvis' heart. Elvis Presley actively supported the March of Dimes in the 1950s to promote polio vaccination among teenagers after the Salk polio vaccine was licensed for use in 1955. A key March of Dimes photo depicts Elvis Presley receiving his own polio vaccination from Dr. Harold Fuerst on October 28, 1956, with New York City Health Commissioner Leona Baumgartner. Elvis agreed to this photo opportunity to support the March of Dimes Teens Against Polio (TAP) publicity efforts. This week's exclusive Insiders artifact features a Western Union telegram on January 25, 1957, from Elvis to Hank Riggio. Elvis apologizes for not being able to attend the March of Dimes Dance and offers words of encouragement to the staff of March of Dimes. Basic and Plus members can view this exclusive image in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.
April 16, 2013
Insiders are in for a special treat this week! The Graceland Archives Director recently discovered a special artifact which will soon be on display at the “Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!” Exhibit
. This week's exclusive image features a never-before-seen check from Elvis to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund dated the same day of the legendary "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" Concert. The original broadcast started at 12:30 a.m. in Hawaii on Sunday morning, January 14, 1973. Clearly at the top of his game, Elvis delivered a 24-song show that pulled songs from every phase of his career. When “Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite” was aired in the U.S. on April 4th, the Nielsen ratings had the show in 33.8% of homes and reaching 51% of those watching television. The double-LP immediately vaulted up the charts, taking the #1 spot in Billboard’s May 1973 issue. It stayed on the chart for 52 weeks, and was certified 5X Platinum by the RIAA. Basic and Plus members can view this exclusive image in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.
April 8, 2013
In December of 1968, “Elvis” the 1968 TV special, aired on NBC-TV and became one of the biggest television hits of the year. The special received 40% of the viewing audience, rave reviews from the public, and the soundtrack album reached #8 on the Pop Chart. The special has come to be known as the '68 Comeback Special and is widely regarded as one of the truly great television moments in pop/rock music history.After this show, everything changed for Elvis. He poured renewed creative energy into his recording work and returned full-time to the concert stage, beginning a new and exciting era of his career. This week's exclusive artifact features an ad placed by RCA Records publicizing the success of Elvis' '68 Comeback Special.Basic and Plus members can view this exclusive image in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.
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. Currently, the artifacts section only dates back to August of 2012.