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Prestwick Airport Tribute To Elvis

Super fan Ann Murphy at one of the first “Elvis Stars” in Europe. You can see this one at Prestwick Airport in Scotland. Elvis arrived at this airport in 1960. Going home from Germany.

Elvis In Concert 2011

Fall 2011 in association with Graceland / EPE Enterprises

‘Elvis Presley In Concert‘ will hit international shores again in 2011.

Rolling Stone – 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Elvis: From Memphis to Manhattan

COMING JULY 16TH: ELVIS - FROM MEMPHIS TO MANHATTAN

ELVIS: From Memphis to Manhattan
From the CBS Photo Archive
July 16 –  October 16, 2010
Young and feisty, talented and sexy, Elvis Presley revolutionized pop music in the early sixties.  His trailblazing renditions of blacks-only blues with rock shot him to the top of the charts and into the libidos of America’s teenage girls.
Elvis’ signature hip roll, considered too risque for prime time TV, prompted the famous order (to CBS cameramen of the Ed Sullivan Show) to photograph the King from the waist up.  This photographic exhibition, “ELVIS: From Memphis to Manhattan,”  looks at the early years of superstardom through his many CBS appearances, particularly those on the Ed Sullivan Show.

ELVIS: From Memphis to Manhattan

From the CBS Photo Archive  July 16 –  October 16, 2010

Young and feisty, talented and sexy, Elvis Presley revolutionized pop music in the early sixties.  His trailblazing renditions of blacks-only blues with rock shot him to the top of the charts and into the libidos of America’s teenage girls.  Elvis’ signature hip roll, considered too risque for prime time TV, prompted the famous order (to CBS cameramen of the Ed Sullivan Show) to photograph the King from the waist up.  This photographic exhibition, “ELVIS: From Memphis to Manhattan,”  looks at the early years of superstardom through his many CBS appearances, particularly those on the Ed Sullivan Show.
ELVIS: From Memphis to ManhattanFrom the CBS Photo Archive  July 16 –  October 16, 2010 Young and feisty, talented and sexy, Elvis Presley revolutionized pop music in the early sixties.  His trailblazing renditions of blacks-only blues with rock shot him to the top of the charts and into the libidos of America’s teenage girls.  Elvis’ signature hip roll, considered too risque for prime time TV, prompted the famous order (to CBS cameramen of the Ed Sullivan Show) to photograph the King from the waist up.  This photographic exhibition, “ELVIS: From Memphis to Manhattan,”  looks at the early years of superstardom through his many CBS appearances, particularly those on the Ed Sullivan Show.


STAX Museum of American Soul Music

926 E. McLemore Ave.

Memphis, TN 38106

Phone: 901-946-2535

Fax: 901.507.1463

Elvis Is Back @ Tupelo McDonald’s!

TUPELO – When the McDonald’s near Crosstown is relocated, it will take a piece of history with it.

It’s new spot will be at the corner of South Gloster Street and President Avenue, a few blocks south of its current location.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday at the site.

And when the new restaurant opens in mid-September, the restaurant will have a throwback look, with a 1950s design with huge golden arches on the building facade.

It also will be decorated with Elvis memorabilia.

“Elvis is coming with us,” said Rob Hudson, president of Hudson Management and owner/operator of the McDonald’s restaurants in Tupelo, New Albany and Saltillo. “This has been a dream of ours.”

McDonald’s opened its first Tupelo location in 1973 at the soon-to-be closed site next to Wendy’s. Hudson’s father, Bob, bought the restaurant in 1983.

“We always thought this 1950s design, together with the Tupelo and the Elvis Presley birthplace, was a great link, but we never had the opportunity until now,” Hudson said.

The new 4,000-square-foot restaurant will add 25 to 30 employees, bringing the head count to about 100, Hudson said.

While the restaurant has a throwback look, the interior will have interactive stations for the kids – but no playground. It also will have a double drive-through.

An entrance will be built on South Gloster Street to complement entrances on President Avenue and help with traffic flow.

Once the new restaurant opens, the old one will close. McDonald’s Corp. owns the land and the store, and will look to sell or lease it, Hudson said.

Ward 3 Councilman Jim Newell, who has helped kickstart interest and participation in the South Gloster Business District association, said he couldn’t be happier with the new restaurant.

“I’m excited – this is huge for South Gloster,” he said. “I think this is the catalyst to get more started.”

Hudson said he looked at other spots, but could find no better area to relocate.

“This is still a great, growing, vital part of town,” he said.


Elvis’ Boyhood Church To Reopen In Mississippi

The simple wood chapel 110 miles southeast of Memphis, Tenn., is no Crystal Cathedral. But the East Tupelo (Miss.) First Assembly of God building had a greater impact on 20th-century music than any of America’s gilded megachurches. Inside its walls, Elvis Aron Presley discovered God and gospel music, learning to strum a guitar and sing.

Closed to the public for more than a half-century, the building was restored this year by the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation. On Saturday, after a brief ceremony and prayer, the historic Pentecostal church will again open its doors to the world.

Foundation director Dick Guyton isn’t allowing photographers to get a sneak preview. “It’s not yet ready for pictures,” he said.

There’s still wiring to fix, landscaping to spruce up, and last-minute details to deal with, but “it’s pretty much finished” and will open in time for Elvis Week 2008, which marks the 31st anniversary of Presley’s death.

The chapel seats roughly 48 people and has no frills, Guyton said.

“It’s very plain and simple,” Guyton said. “Country churches back in the 1920s and 1930s were not real fancy.”

No steeple crowns its rooftop. No stained-glass windows line its walls.

In many ways, it was a typical Assembly of God church from that era, said Darrin Rodgers, director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center in Springfield, Mo.

“Early Pentecostals were concerned with spreading the gospel and sending missionaries out and telling people about Jesus. … They were practical rather than concerned about leaving an architectural legacy,” Rodgers said.

The lack of ornamentation reflected not only their priorities, but their worldview.

“Early believers were committed to the idea that Christ could come back at any moment. It seemed logical to them that the best investment that would not be eaten up by moths or rust would be in souls, not fancy buildings.”

When the church opens again, it will look a lot like it did on Jan. 8, 1935, the day Elvis Presley entered the world.

The church, which Presley attended for 13 years, was within walking distance of his home, said gospel music historian Jim Goff. Elvis’ parents, Vernon and Gladys, were faithful members.

“I don’t think they were Christmas and Easter attenders. They would’ve attended fairly regularly and they knew the preacher fairly well,” said Goff, a professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Indeed, Pastor Frank Smith, who died last year at the age of 80, is credited with teaching Presley to play a few basic chords on a guitar.

* ELVIS PRESLEY: — 144 Monovale (Carolwood) Drive, Beverly Hills.
(also: 565 Perugia Way, Bel-Air – where Elvis met the Beatles in 1965 – no longer exists.)

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