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Insiders Artifact: 1972 Newspaper Article

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 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.

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