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June 26, 2013

Recording for the legendary "'68 Comeback Special" took place from June 27 - June 30, with Elvis appearing in front of a live audience for the first time in over seven years. This extravagant entertainment special features Elvis in some of his greatest and best-loved moments captured on video. Elvis in black leather and the giant red "Elvis" letters are just a few of the iconic images that come from this program. We wrap up our celebration of the 45th anniversary of Elvis recording the "'68 Special" with three special Insiders artifacts this week! Basic and PLUS Insiders can now view all three images of the revised rehearsal schedules from June 27 -  June 29, by clicking on the MEDIA section.










June 20, 2013

Pre-recording and rehearsals for what was then known as the NBC television special titled "Elvis" began on June 3, 1968, in Burbank, California. Prior to his first live stage performances in over 7 years, Elvis had been rehearsing for his upcoming live segments. A press conference was held on June 25 and live segments were taped on June 27 - 30. As we continue to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Elvis recording the legendary '68 Special, this week's Insiders artifact features a letter written by Hank Rieger on June 21, 1968, reminding Bob Finkel to have Elvis ready for the press conference. Basic and Plus Insiders can view this image by clicking on Page 17 inside the MEDIA section.










June 12, 2013

Elvis made television and entertainment history with his 1968 television special, which aired on December 3, 1968. The TV special titled “Elvis” aired on NBC and was seen by 42% of the viewing audience. This extravagant entertainment special features Elvis in some of his greatest and most memorable moments captured on video. The month of June marks the 45th anniversary of Elvis filming the legendary '68 Comeback Special. In celebration, we are offering never-before-seen artifacts from this time period to our Basic and Plus Insiders. This week's exclusive Insiders artifact features a phone bill detailing calls made by Elvis and his entourage to various places. Basic and Plus Insiders can view this image by clicking on Page 17 inside the MEDIA section.










June 6, 2013

Elvis fans will have the chance to hear the remarkable story of Mother Dolores Hart, a Hollywood starlit turned nun who worked with Elvis in his early filming career, during Elvis Week 2013. Elvis' former "Loving You" and "King Creole" co-star will appear on the Elvis Week Main Stage during "Conversations on Elvis" on August 14, 2013. With the exciting announcement of Mother Dolores Hart joining us for Elvis Week 2013, we decided to feature an exclusive Insiders Artifact from when Elvis filmed "Loving You." This week's exclusive image features the contract agreement signed by Elvis for a bonus for his role in the legendary film. Insiders can also check out this week's Graceland exclusive which includes the original album cover for "Loving You." Basic and Plus Insiders can view these images by visiting the MEDIA section.










May 29, 2013

We are wrapping up our Elvis Tweet-A-Longs with the Elvis classic "Jailhouse Rock" and Basic and Plus Insiders can now view two artifacts from the Graceland Archives collection. The 1957 musical drama starred Elvis alongside Judy Tyler and Mickey Shaughnessy, peaking at #3 on the Variety box office chart and reaching #14 in the top grossing films of the year. Despite mixed reviews, the film is considered to be one of Elvis’ best acting performances and the production number in the film is recognized as one of the first rock music videos. In 2004, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The "Jailhouse Rock" musical number has also come to be known as one of Elvis' most memorable performances. This week's exclusive artifacts features a page from Elvis' personal script while filming "Jailhouse Rock" and the original movie poster. Insiders can tune in for the FINAL Elvis Tweet-A-Long on ENCORE, featuring photos, Elvis trivia and more. Also, be sure to enter our Jailhouse Rock Giveaway from the Hamilton Collection by visiting Elvis.com/JailhouseRockGiveaway. This contest ends June 3, 2013.






May 19, 2013

King Creole is a 1958 American musical drama film in which Elvis described his character, Danny Fisher, as his favorite acting role. Filmed and released in 1958, Elvis was granted three months of deferment to film in New Orleans. The movie received critical and commercial success, peaking at #5 in the charts. Its impressive list of co-stars and supporting cast included Dolores Hart, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger and Vic Morrow. For the entire month of May, ENCORE will play your favorite films starring the legendary King of Rock 'n' Roll, every night at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT. Fans can tune into "King Creole" on Saturday, May 25, for our next Elvis Tweet-A-Long featuring photos, artifacts and fun Elvis trivia. In honor, this week's exclusive Insiders artifact features an invoice from Paramount Pictures for Elvis' haircut while filming. Basic and Plus Insiders can check view this image along with the original "King Creole" movie poster by visiting the MEDIA section.







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.









March 27, 2013

Elvis often credited the gospel music he heard in church and the all-night gospels he attended as a child as being major influences on his personal life and music career. Elvis received 14 Grammy nominations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. His three wins were for gospel recordings - the album "How Great Thou Art," the album "He Touched Me" and his live Memphis-concert recording of the song "How Great Thou Art." In celebration of Elvis's passion for spirituality and his gospel performances, we wish all of our Elvis Insiders and fans a Happy Easter! This week's exclusive artifact features two "Easter Greetings" cards personally signed by Elvis in 1968 and 1969. Basic and Plus members can view this exclusive image in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.









March 19, 2013


On March 25, 1961, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin featured an article announcing Elvis' benefit concert for the USS Arizona Memorial. In 1960, initial fundraising efforts to build the Memorial had stalled, with only half of the funds needed raised. In an effort to re-energize the campaign, Hawaii journalists sent out an appeal to newspaper editors across the country asking for editorial support. Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, read about the effort to raise funds and decided to do a benefit concert in Hawaii to help. More than 4,000 fans attended the concert on March 25, 1961, purchasing tickets ranging in price from $3 to $100. The concert, which featured Elvis Presley and an all-star lineup of entertainers, raised just over $54,000 toward the $500,000 goal. Many public and private donations followed the show, and the USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated on May 30, Memorial Day, 1962. This week's exclusive artifact features this newspaper announcement which features several photos of Elvis along with the announcement. Basic and Plus members can view this exclusive image in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.





March 8, 2013

Elvis loved water sports and spent many vacations near the ocean or on McKellar Lake with family and friends. Elvis was often known to collect the coolest new gadgets including the latest boats and even donated a yacht, the U.S.S. Potomac, to St. Jude in his continued effort to support the children's hospital. After being honored by the Tennessee State Legislature in March of 1961, Elvis went on shopping spree at Memphis boat supply story for $5,171.48. This week's Insiders exclusive features a check to Russell Hardwick Boats that was paid on March 10, 1961. Basic and Plus members can view this exclusive image in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.











March 1, 2013


Millions of fans have traveled from around the world to visit Graceland and leave personal messages to Elvis on the outside wall. The wall outside of Graceland has given fans a sense of warmth, welcome and camaraderie. In April of 1957 after Elvis purchased the Graceland property and was filming "Jailhouse Rock," the famous Graceland wall was installed with Alabama field stone and was one of the first additions to the grounds along with the famous iron gates. The Graceland wall has been signed by millions of people, including celebrities, politicians and fans from around the world. During this time, the Kentucky style white fence surrounding the property was also installed. In honor of our new "To Elvis With Love: Writings on the Wall" video series, this week's exclusive Insiders artifact is the invoice from Chisca Fence Co. who installed the white fencing. Basic and Plus members can view this exclusive image in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.







February 15, 2013

February of 1956 was a monumental moment in Elvis' career as he catapulted to the scene and set the stage for rock 'n' roll. As "Heartbreak Hotel" was climbing up the charts on its way to #1, Elvis' fifth and last single to be released on the Sun label, hits #1 on Billboard’s national country singles chart. This marked his first #1 hit on a national chart. During this time, traveling and personal appearances continued including the “Louisiana Hayride” appearances for which he was still under contract. This week's exclusive Insider artifact features a typed out schedule of Elvis' tour to his parents, Gladys and Vernon Presley. Among the places expected for him to make appearances was six performances on the Jackie Gleason-produced “Stage Show,” starring Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, on CBS. Basic and Plus Insiders can view the detailed itinerary from Colonel Tom Parker's secretary Carolyn Asmus to Elvis' parents in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.








February 8, 2013

The '50s and '60s were a revolutionary time for music with Elvis shaking up the world with his television appearances in the '50s and opening the doors for rock legends such as the Beatles. On February 9, 1964, Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis sent a Western Union telegram to be read on air during the Beatles live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Elvis congratulated the fab four on their success and their trip to the United States. The influence Elvis had over the young Beatles and the one and only meeting between the two world icons is carefully explored through a series of video interviews shot exclusively for the "Elvis and Us Exhibit" at The Beatles Story in Liverpool. The interviews feature Priscilla Presley, The Beatles 1960s press officer Tony Barrow, NME journalist Chris Hutchins, and members of The Quarrymen, the band that evolved into The Beatles. "Elvis and Us" is now open at The Beatles Story until October of 2013. The new exhibit tells the amazing story of how The King of Rock 'n' Roll inspired The Beatles to go on and become the legends who helped changed rock music forever.





January 31, 2013

On January 28, 1956, Presley began a string of six appearances on The Stage Show on CBS that would mark his debut on the national television stage. Despite criticism from several television personalities, these performances opened the doors to some of the king's most legendary appearances. The last of these six appearances was on March 24, 1956. Elvis continued to travel for personal appearances during this time, including the “Louisiana Hayride” appearances for which he was still under contract. This week's exclusive Elvis Insider artifact features the original telegram to Colonel Tom Parker confirming four of Elvis's performances on the "Jackie Gleason Stage Show" with the first appearance on January 28, 1956. The telegram includes details about his appearances and how much he was paid per show. Basic and Plus Insiders can view this image in the MEDIA section on the Insiders Forum.








January 22, 2013

In January of 1971, Elvis attended a day of events after being named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees). This was the one and only time Elvis accepted an award in person and gave a speech. Elvis was touched, excited and truly proud of this achievement. This national honor had been given each year since the late 1930’s and recognized young men who made great achievements in their field of endeavor. The award not only acknowledged Elvis' world-wide success in his music career, but also applauded his humanitarianism and community service. For Elvis, a man who grew up poor and knew the sting of ridicule, this was one of his proudest moments. It was a sign that he had achieved acceptance, recognition, and respect for his work. This week's artifact is the complete agenda from The United States Jaycees 1971 ceremonies.








January 11, 2012


As part of the "Aloha from Hawaii" 40th Anniversary Celebration, fans can view a special exhibit of Elvis Presley and learn how his efforts helped build the USS Arizona Memorial. Dedicated on Memorial Day 1962, the structure is one of the world's foremost architectural icons of remembrance and one that had special significance for the king. On March 25, 1961, at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena, Presley performed a historic benefit concert that raised over $64,000 for the building of the Memorial. Over the years, due to the natural exposure to weather, salt water spray and foot traffic of more than 50 million visitors, the Memorial is in need of an extensive restoration. This week's Insiders artifact features an original advertisement issued by RCA Victor for the 1961 Benefit Concert for the USS Arizona Memorial. Fans attending the Aloha celebration can learn more about touring the USS Arizona Memorial by visiting NPS.gov.








December 28, 2012

With the upcoming Aloha From Hawaii 40th Anniversary Celebration coming up in less than two weeks, we look at Elvis' commitment to raising funds for the USS Arizona located in Hawaii. On January 11,1961, this press release announced details about the benefit concert held for the USS Arizona. In the release, Colonel Tom Parker spoke at a press conference, setting the goal for at least $50,000 to help finish the current phase. Parker stated that they would pay for the production of the show and even Elvis would purchase his own ticket to the concert. On March 25, 1961, Elvis performed the benefit concert to help raise much needed funds. At the time, fundraising for the memorial had lost much of its early momentum. The benefit concert raised $54,000 and made up 10% of the final construction costs. The USS Arizona Memorial would also go on to secure many more private, state, and federal donations just in time for the Memorial Day dedication. Fans attending the Aloha celebration can learn more about touring the USS Arizona Memorial by visiting NPS.gov.






December 20, 2012

Christmas was always a special time for Elvis and he often turned to the Bible for spiritual guidance. In 1964, his entourage gifted him with a special Bible featuring a “tree of life” motif drawn on the first page. At the top of the tree is one of Elvis’s favorite quotations, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” written in English, Hebrew and Latin. Elvis' name is spelled out vertically down the “tree of life” and the names of each entourage member is written on the branches of the tree. This week's artifact features the hi-res image of the first page of this bible. Elvis Basic and Plus Insiders can view the complete image in the MEDIA section.











December 14, 2012

Elvis played a major role in helping to fund the USS Arizona Memorial which is dedicated to the Pearl Harbor attacks. On March 25, 1961, Elvis performed a benefit concert to help raise much needed funds. At the time, fundraising for the memorial had lost much of its early momentum. The benefit concert raised $54,000 and made up 10% of the final construction costs. The USS Arizona Memorial would also go on to secure many more private, state, and federal donations just in time for the Memorial Day dedication. The Secretary of the Navy cordially invited Elvis to the dedication ceremony which took place on May 30, 1962. This week's Insiders exclusive artifact is the original invitation for the dedication ceremony. Insiders can view the complete image by clicking on "Exclusive Images" under the MEDIA section.









December 6, 2012

In 1968, it had been more than seven years since Elvis had appeared in front of a live audience. Elvis missed the closeness of his audience, the energy and excitement of live performing. Beginning on June 3, 1968, Elvis rehearsed for the taping of his first television special. A press conference was held on June 25 and live audiences packed the NBC studios for the taping on June 27, 28, 29 and 30. Elvis made television and entertainment history when the television special aired on December 3, 1968. The TV special titled “Elvis” was seen by 42% of the viewing audience and featured some of his greatest and most memorable moments captured on video. Iconic performances include the jam session portion of the show where Elvis is dressed in all leather, along with the remarkable "If I Can Dream" performance where he appears in an all white two-piece suit. This week's exclusive artifact features an original ticket to the taping of "Elvis" or what has come to be known as the '68 Special. This ticket was for the June 29 taping of the show.







November 27, 2012

As part of the Christmas celebration here at Graceland, we always decorate the house in the same manner Elvis liked to decorate the mansion. This week's exclusive Insiders artifact features the Christmas tree display formerly set up in the Jungle Room. What became known as Lisa Marie's tree, was originally featured here at Graceland starting in 1993 as a place to display Lisa Marie's toys for Christmas. In 2010, the staff at Graceland decided to return to the original trees that Elvis would set up each year. This tree is no longer on display for tours. In honor of Elvis' love for Christmas, the staff continues to honor his memory and we invite fans to share in the king's holiday spirit. No matter where you are staying warm this holiday season, we offer many fun ways to experience the magic of Elvis and Graceland this holiday season. Elvis Basic and Plus Insiders can view the complete image in the MEDIA section.








November 16, 2012


For those of us who remember the 8-track tape craze, you're not alone, even Elvis had an 8-track tape collection which includes even one of his own releases, "Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas." This record was originally released on vinyl in 1971. This album topped the Billboard Holiday Albums Chart and was certified gold and platinum in 1977. The Christmas favorite later received triple platinum status in 1999. Several of the songs were published by Elvis Presley's publishing company, such as "Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees," "I'll Be Home On Christmas Day," "If I Get Home On Christmas Day" and "On a Snowy Christmas Night." This week's Insiders exclusive is the original 8-track from Elvis' personal collection.










November 6, 2012

On November 1, 1972, the concert-documentary film "Elvis on Tour" opened to the public peaking at #13 and later winning a Golden Globe award for "Best Documentary Film." As part of the 40th anniversary of the film's release and production, Elvis Presley Enterprises produced the first-ever e-book covering the monumental concert tour that resulted in the award-winning film. In April of 1972, MGM filmed Elvis in a Hollywood recording studio and then on and off stage during his 15-city concert tour. This week's exclusive artifact features a full-page ad placed in "Rolling Stone" magazine on November 9, 1972. The ad features a photo of Elvis along with a description of the concert plus favorable quotes from the "The New Yorker," "The New York Times" and "Rolling Stone."










October 28, 2012

On October 28, 1956, a 40-foot cutout of Elvis was unveiled at Times Square Paramount Theater in New York City, announcing the premiere of his first movie "Love Me Tender." Elvis attended the unveiling right after receiving his polio shot as part of a March of Dimes public service campaign. Thousands of Elvis fans crowded around the Paramount Theater as Elvis greeted fans, signed autographs and answered questions from the press about his movie debut. During his appearance at the unveiling, Colonel Tom Parker passed out "Elvis for President" buttons. After his press conference, Elvis went on to make his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" at the Maxine Elliot Theater. This week's artifact features a photo of this famous cutout and the crowds of fans who surrounded the Paramount Theater just to get a glimpse of the king.









October 20, 2012

On October 19, 1970, Elvis picked up the first TCB pendants for his entourage from Schwartz and Ableser Jewelers in Beverly Hills. Elvis wanted to give this as a gift for his entourage's loyalty and for "Takin' Care of Business." Elvis also gave the women in his group TLC necklaces which stood for "Tender Loving Care." Elvis incorporated the letters in an emblem with a lightning bolt and the logo has become a staple in the Elvis community. Lowell Hays was Elvis' jeweler in the late 1960s and through the 1970s. He designed the famous TCB ring and the TCB and TLC necklaces, among many other custom pieces of jewelry. Elvis' own band was also known as the TCB Band which formed the core rhythm section during his live performances in the '70s. This week's Insiders artifact features an original invoice for TCB jewelry designed specifically for Elvis and his entourage.








October 11, 2012

On October 8, 1956, Elvis wrapped up post-production and was released from his first film, "Love Me Tender." The movie premiered at the Paramount Theater in New York City in November, opening nationwide in the days following. Elvis' film debut became a smash hit with a mix of critics’ reviews for his acting in the melodrama. The film is set in the American South of the 1800’s Civil War era and includes Elvis performing several songs. "Love Me Tender" was originally intended to be a straight acting role for Elvis, but due to the popularity of the single and Colonel Tom Parker's desire to promote Presley's films with a soundtrack, four songs were added to the film. This week's Elvis Insiders artifact features one of the less favorable reviews from the Daily Mail for "Love Me Tender."









October 4, 2012

On January 14, 1973, Elvis made television and entertainment history with his “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite” special. Over one billion viewers from 40 countries watched this televised event and more American households watched this performance that man's first walk on the moon. Originally, the fundraising event's goal was to raise $25,000 but the Elvis' concert tripled those numbers, bringing in over $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii. In honor of this iconic moment in Elvis career, Elvis Presley Enterprises is returning to Hawaii for the 40th anniversary celebration which includes an upscale Elvis experience in the place where Elvis loved to travel, film, and perform. This week's Insiders artifact is an original ticket to this iconic performance at the Honolulu International Center Arena. Fans will get to experience an enhance screening of this legendary concert in the same arena on January 14, 2013. Fans can book their Elvis-themed Hawaiian getaway by visiting Elvis.com/Aloha.







September 26, 2012

One of the most iconic moments in Elvis' career happened in his childhood hometown on September 26, 1956. Elvis performed two shows at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo, MS, the same fair he performed at when he was 10 years old. Elvis arrived with his parents to a day-long celebration where he was greeted with a large banner that read "Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Presley Home." Tupelo Mayor James Ballard presented Elvis with a guitar-shaped key to the city and Mississippi Governor J.P. Coleman read a list of Elvis' many charitable contributions and accomplishments naming Elvis, "America's Number One Entertainer." A popular restaurant called Rex Plaza served "Elvis Presley Specials with 'Don't Be Cruel' prices" which included the "Love Me Tender" steak and "Heart Break Hotel" cobbler, among other Elvis inspired dishes and sides. This week's Insiders artifact features the entire Rex Plaza menu created for Elvis' Tupelo Homecoming in 1956.







September 20, 2012

This week's Insiders artifact is a check for the 1971 DeTamaso Pantera that Elvis purchased on September 19, 1974. Elvis bought the car for Linda Thompson, his girlfriend at the time. The actual amount of the car has long been disputed and this artifact debunks many reports of how much Elvis actually paid for the car. Previous reports said Elvis paid $2,400. Elvis fans are quite familiar with this car due to stories about Elvis shooting through the steering wheel when the car would not start. According to StreetLegalTV.com, the DeTomaso Pantera was a mid-engined, Italian car sold through Lincoln-Mercury dealers from 1971 - 1975. When Ford eliminated importation in 1975, production continued for several years afterwards bumping the total build to approximately 7,200 vehicles.









September 14, 2012

This week's artifact is from Elvis' famous tour in April of 1972. An article from the Albuquerque Journal on April 20, highlights the night Elvis made an 8-year-old girl's dream come true. On April 19, 1972, Denise Sanchez was battling terminal cancer when she attended his concert at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. Due to her condition, Denise was almost unable to attend the concert. The 8-year-old girl and her mother were invited back-stage during intermission where she finally got to meet her musical idol. Leaving the star-struck child speechless, Elvis greeted her with a kiss and told her she was beautiful. She asked him to sing a song for her and Elvis said he wanted to surprise her during the show. Elvis then dedicated "You Gave Me a Mountain" to Denise during the second half of his performance. Elvis fans can read more about this personal story with the king and his 15-city, 15-day tour in the new “Elvis on Tour” e-book now available at Amazon.com. The new e-book features rare photos of Elvis on stage, press clippings and reviews of the concert tour, and an up-close look at artifacts from both the actual tour and the awarding winning “Elvis on Tour” documentary film.





September 6, 2012

This week's Insiders artifact features the TV Guide listing for the first of Elvis' three appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on September 9, 1956. Elvis had already appeared on other national television shows such as "Stage Show," "The Milton Berle Show" and "The Steve Allen Show," when Sullivan booked Elvis. After negotiations with Colonel Tom Parker, Sullivan paid Elvis $50,000 to appear on September 9, 1956, October 28, 1956, and then on January 6, 1957. For Elvis' first appearance, Ed Sullivan was not able to host due to injuries from a very serious car accident. In his place, Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton hosted the show from New York. Elvis actually appeared on a stage in Hollywood where he was filming "Love Me Tender." Wearing a plaid jacket and holding a guitar, Elvis thanked Laughton and said, "This is probably the greatest honor that I've ever had in my life." Elvis attracted the highest ratings for any television variety show at the time, receiving 80% of the national viewing audience.







August 30, 2012

This week's artifact is the poster from Elvis' tenth film, "Kid Galahad," which opened nationwide 50 years ago on August 29, 1962. The musical film starred Elvis as a boxer and ranked #37 for the year. To prepare for his role, Elvis trained with former junior welterweight champion Mushy Callahan. Some critics regard this as one of Elvis' best acting roles. The supporting cast included Gig Young, Lola Albright and Charles Bronson. The film was a remake of the 1937 original directed by Michael Curtiz who also directed Presley's 1958 film "King Creole." Fans can view the original movie trailer on Elvis.com or purchase the Follow That Dreams release of the "Kid Galahad" soundtrack at ShopElvis.com.










August 23, 2012

This week's artifact is an advertisement for Elvis' show at Sick's Stadium in the Oregon Journal on August 26, 1957. Elvis along with Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and DJ Fontana performed in front of 16,000 fans in Tacoma, Washington on September 1, 1957. The most expensive ticket to the show was $3.50. Elvis appeared in his gold lame jacket and sent thousands of teenage girls into a frenzy after his final performance of "Hound Dog." This concert followed his only three appearances outside the country in Canada. At the age of 14, Seattle native Jim Hendrix was in attendance and made a color drawing of Elvis performing on stage. This drawing along with his notes were featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Hendrix often credited this performance as his inspiration to continue his music career. This was one of the first concerts to be held in an outdoor stadium.








August 10, 2012

This week's artifact features the invoice from T.J. Malone & Son who moved the two imported marble lions from 160 Cherry Road to Graceland. The company charged $1,000 to purchase and install the lion statues. The two white marble lions were placed at the front entrance and currently serve as the spot where millions of Elvis fans have taken photos. These lions have become an integral part of the king's legacy and the place he called home. Fans continue to travel from around the world to make the rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Graceland. This year's 35th celebration of Elvis Week is expected to be one of the largest in history.











August 3, 2012

This week's Elvis Insiders artifact is an article from the Tampa Daily News on August 6, 1956, after thousands of screaming fans packed the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory to see Elvis perform. The news clipping describes Elvis as "bringing the house down with every frantic breath." The writer refers to Elvis as a "21-year old contortionist whose singing style resembles a fast-moving tennis player." Of the three photos featured in the article, the first image shows thousands of teens who crowded the Armory for a chance to see the king, the next photo is a close up of several teenage girls in tears when Elvis left the stage, and the last image is a photo of Elvis in 1956. The writer says Elvis was saved from mobs of teenagers wanting autographs after Tampa police escorted him from the auditorium and describes the scene as a "hysterical Sunday afternoon." The article was kept in a scrapbook by the late Colonel Tom Parker and is among thousands of artifacts preserved at Graceland.