January 1, 2013 |
Elvis fans, there'll be a whole lotta jumpsuit viewing goin' on in 2013. Graceland will roll out two new travel-themed exhibits at Elvis Presley's Memphis, Tenn., home this year, one about his movies and concerts in Hawaii and another about the King's Las Vegas years. Each promises artifacts that haven't been displayed before. "Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!" opens Jan. 8 on what would have been his 78th birthday. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the concert "Aloha From Hawaii" that was broadcast on TV by satellite from Honolulu.
November 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- With lawmakers singing the blues about the looming "fiscal cliff," why not a resolution to show their support for designating Jan. 8 as Elvis Presley Day? Ten members of Congress have signed onto the resolution to show they have a big hunk o' love for the King of rock 'n' roll. Presley, born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Miss., died at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977, at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. He "remains one of the most famous American entertainers of all time whose influence on music and whose cultural impact continues today," according to the resolution.
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November 16, 2012 |
Bernard Lansky, the Memphis retailer who helped a young Elvis Presley establish his signature clothing style of pegged pants, two-toned shoes and other flashy duds in the 1950s, has died. He was 85. Julie Lansky, the clothier's granddaughter, said he died Thursday at his Memphis home. He had Alzheimer's disease. Bernard Lansky and his brother Guy started a retail business in Memphis in 1946, with help from a $125 loan from their father, Samuel. After World War II, the store started selling Army surplus goods on Beale Street.
August 16, 2012 |
Elvis Presley fans numbering in the thousands outside Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of his death got quite the surprise Wednesday evening when the King's former wife and daughter -- Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley -- showed up for the annual candlelight vigil at the cultural icon's estate in Memphis, Tenn. Mother and daughter have largely avoided the hoopla surrounding the Aug. 16, 1977, death that has turned into an annual celebration of all things Elvis but remains a personal time of pain for them.
May 11, 2012 |
When Paul Simon's seminal album "Graceland" landed in 1986 with its intoxicating African rhythms and critical acclaim, it also came tainted by the apartheid controversy already swirling around it. The excellent new documentary "Under African Skies" comes along like a bridge over those troubled waters, following Simon back to South Africa last summer for a 25-year reunion concert with the musicians who made the album and a sit-down with one of his...
March 6, 2012 |
Super Tuesday primary voters and caucus members are busy weighing their picks for the presidential nomination. I'm more interested in what there is to see in Super Tuesday states. Here are my picks for the top tourist stops. What are yours? Go ahead and "vote" by leaving me a comment. Alaska (caucus): Totem poles, some authentic, some replicas, stand tall along the Totem Trail that snakes through two miles of lush forest in Sitka National Historical Park in downtown Sitka. It's the oldest federal park in Alaska.