Elvis Week 2008 – August 9th – 17th

August 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The Olympics are dominating most of the headlines the past few days, but yesterday also marks the kickoff of an annual event back here in the states. August 9 was the official start of this year’s Elvis Week in Memphis which runs until the 17th and is comprised of a multitiude of daily events to commemorate Elvis Presley‘s death in 1977. The pinnacle of the week is an all night candlelight vigil where thousands of devotees from around the world gather to file solemnly past the gravesite at Graceland. I had the opportunity to witness this annual gathering once and it is indeed something to behold. It is now even run live on a webcast each year. The devotion and emotions that Elvis inspires in people more than thirty years after his death is truly awe inspiring.

So to soundtrack the week I put together a quick Elvis mini mix for you.

Elvis Presley – That’s Alright Mama
Elvis Presley – Baby Let’s Play House
Elvis Presley – Mystery Train
Elvis Presley – Treat Me Nice
Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight ?
Elvis Presley – Burning Love
Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds

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30th Annual Elvis Week August 11th-19th 2007

August 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this at least once this week. This is the 30th annual Elvis Week commemorating his untimely death in Memphis on August 16th, 1977. Taking place from August 11th – 19th this year, with Wednesday the 15th being the night of the annual candle light vigil at Graceland. Back in 2001, I happened to be in Memphis during Elvis week and was able to witness this event firsthand. It’s an outpouring of fan love and adoration that is pretty amazing to see.

The Candlelight Vigil
At 8:30 PM there is an opening ceremony at the gates of the Graceland Mansion property. Then, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’s gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Free admission. No tickets or reservations. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis’s passing. Free secured parking at the Graceland visitor center complex after 6:00 PM. Prior to Elvis Week, posted here will be a link to the text of the special information and guidelines flyer for the vigil that is handed out at Graceland during Elvis Week.