Elvis Week officially kicks off today in Memphis. Of course, Elvis Week really occurs all over the world – wherever there is an Elvis fan. Most of us take a little extra time to remember and enjoy the music.
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Memphis, I envy you, but also hope you have a fantastic time. Elvis Presley Enterprises and others put on a variety of events, so it always looks like there is something for everybody.
Perusing the schedule, one thing that I’d definitely attend if I was there is Saturday’s screening of the 2000 documentary Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, which was written and produced by none other than Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick. Guralnick, along with Knox Phillips (Sam’s oldest son), will speak after the film.
In honor of Elvis Week, the O.co (Overstock.com) entertainment blog yesterday featured a fun Elvis infographic. Check it out.
Have a great week, everyone. Remember to crank up the Elvis!
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August 12, 2011, Update: Check out MJ’s fantastic post about visiting Graceland during Elvis Week 2007 on her blog.
Update #2: And here’s another one. This one is from the Elvis Today Blog with Thomas’ memories of Elvis Week 2005. The funny thing is, this was written shortly after Elvis Week 2007 – referenced in MJ’s post above.
August 18, 2011, Final Update: To bring things full circle, here are a couple of great blog posts from Memphis resident Deena Dietrich about Elvis Week 2011.
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A lifelong Elvis fan, I visited Graceland during the 30th Anniversary of his passing .. it was surreal .. and I blogged about it today. Cheers! MJ
Terrific post! Thank you for sharing it with us. I’ve updated the post above to include a link.
Thank you; you are so sweet. I really appreciate it. Elvis had that unique ability to unite people from all over the world. I never thought that me .. a little Saskatchewan farm girl … would ever get there. I’ve been to the White House, the top of the Empire State building and many other landmarks. Graceland was by far the most thrilling!
My family and I visited Memphis over the July Fourth weekend. It was our second visit and it was even better than the first. There is just something about being down there – all Elvis everywhere. I imagine the Elvis Weeks would be really busy with a lot of people in town. I don’t know if I would like that. We stayed at our favourite Days Inn Graceland, bought lots of t-shirts, went through the Mansion three times and almost bought the “Speedway” jacket – 5+ weeks later and I’m still listening to his music and wishing I was back there. We have a killer Elvis Week in our basement every January. Hope you all enjoy your own versions of Elvis Week!
Sounds great Wellsy! I’m glad you had such a good time.
I’ve been to Graceland, but it was 21 years ago. “Ain’t it funny how time…” Anyway, I really hope to get back there within the next few years. It would be fun to blog from Memphis.
emjayandthem: Great post on your blog! I went to Memphis during Elvis Week in 2005 and it was my journey of a lifetime. I recognized a lot of what you write about and smiled as I remembered my trip.
Ty: Maybe we can meet in Memphis during an Elvis Week someday in the future. Now wouldn’t that be something!
I already had a thought about that. We could do a joint Elvis Today/Mystery Train blogs event. I think that’d be a lot of fun, but I guess trying to not only line up our schedules but also the schedules of our readers would be tough.
I was really hoping to make it back to Memphis for at least part of EW 2012, but not sure that is going to happen now. One of these years, if the stars align, I’ll do it.
Thank you; It was a wonderful experience all the way around. Cheers! MJ
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