The name Elvis conjures up visions of hip shaking, gold records, and screaming women—the likes of which are rarely seen to the scale that the young man from Mississippi was able to create. And, it’s just those visions that the Elvis Presley Graceland Museum is trying to cultivate with its recent media blitz.
Covering towns around Memphis, including Presley’s triumphant return to Louisville, the Graceland media team is taking “Elvis on Tour.” Graceland’s Director of Communications, Kevin Kern will be in Louisville on March 14 and is bringing Elvis artifacts with him. Previous stops have included Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans.
The Graceland Museum—in honor of the 55th anniversary of Presley’s first hit song, first film, and several of his first television appearances—has added three new exhibits to the King’s Graceland mansion.
Included is Presley’s first Grammy from 1967, a belt he wore while now famously meeting with President Richard Nixon, and Elvis’ first gold record for Heartbreak Hotel.
For those of you that need to brush up on your rock history, that famed meeting with the president happened after Presley sent a letter to Richard Nixon personally, explaining that he would be a good advocate to kids to stay off drugs. Nixon, who was struggling with the youth vote jumped at this and the photo of the two men shaking hands represents to many the cultural divide in the country at that time.
To anybody looking to swing on down to see these and the rest of the Presley estate at the Elvis Museum, swing by elvis.com/coupon before packing up for Tennessee to grab a discount for the museum, courtesy of Louisville.com.
Presley performing at his "'68 Comeback Special"
- Hometown: Tupelo, Mississippi
- Discovered by: Sam Phillips of Sun Records
- Was Presley ever in a band: Yes, most notably the Million Dollar Quartet with Sun Records Peers, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins
- Number of Billboard Hot 100 Songs: 149
- Number of #1 hits: 18
- Number of Albums that went gold, platinum, or multi-platinum: 150
- Source and for more info, including an online timeline which every Elvis fan should check out:
I guess all that’s left to say is long live The King!