ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND COUNTS DOWN TO THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROCK ‘n’ ROLL IN 2014 AS MEMPHIS CELEBRATES LANDMARK YEAR WHEN ELVIS CHANGED MUSIC FOREVER
Special events and activities, exhibits, projects and more being planned for 2014 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary
Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll throughout 2014, commemorating the first Elvis recording to be played on the radio on July 8, 1954.
On July 5, 1954, Elvis walked into Sun Studios in Memphis and recorded “That’s All Right” with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. DJ Dewey Phillips played the song on July 8 on WHBQ radio and the switchboard lit up. Rock ‘n’ Roll was born and the music world changed forever.
A year-long celebration is being planned for the year beginning with special activities on New Year’s Eve and Elvis’ birthday in January 2014. In addition, the celebration will also include a 60th Anniversary exhibit which will open at Graceland on March 1, 2014, special events at Graceland, Sun Studio and other locations in Memphis, special entertainment projects, anniversary activities during Elvis Week 2014, 60th Anniversary artwork for licensed products and much more.
A full calendar and list of activities and events currently in development will be announced later this year.
/PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) announces the launch of "I AM AN ELVIS FAN," a new campaign which encourages fans, from die-hards to casuals, to vote for their favorite recordings by Elvis from seven musical genres to be provided by Legacy. The top-scoring songs will determine the tracklist for I AM AN ELVIS FAN, a new 21-song collection that will be available starting July 31st through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
The seven categories are '50s, '60s, Country, Movies, Love Songs, Gospel, and In Concert. The categories and tracks (all listed below) will be posted at www.iamanelvisfan.com where fans will be able to select their three top choices per genre. Facebook and Twitter users will be provided with links to share and spread the experience.
Voting begins today and all votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on May 12th. The results will be announced on June 15th. For a limited time, and as a bonus, those who pre-order the I AM AN ELVIS FAN album within the voting period (May 1 - May 12) will have their names included in the package, as space permits. Fans can pre-order the album and submit their name for inclusion in the package at www.iamanelvisfan.com.
The comprehensive "I AM AN ELVIS FAN" campaign, which can be experienced atwww.Elvis.com/ElvisFan, encourages fans to "Create, Upload and Wear." In addition to the creation of the album, fans can also upload a photo of themselves to be used in an Elvis photo mosaic by EPE licensee Fan Mosaics. Those thousands of images in the fan mosaic will also be used on the I AM AN ELVIS FAN album cover. Photos can be uploaded now through June 1st. The cover art and song results will be revealed on June 15th. EPE will also create a limited edition "I AM AN ELVIS FAN" t-shirt which will be available for purchase at www.Elvis.com/ElvisFanbeginning today.
"I AM AN ELVIS FAN" – MUSICAL CATEGORIES
'50s – Selections: 1. That's All Right * 2. Good Rockin' Tonight * 3. Baby Let's Play House * 4. I Got A Woman * 5. Hound Dog * 6. Don't Be Cruel * 7. Mystery Train * 8. Blue Suede Shoes * 9. Money Honey * 10. Heartbreak Hotel * 11. Shake, Rattle & Roll * 12. All Shook Up • 13. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy.
'60s – Selections: 1. In The Ghetto * 2. Suspicious Minds * 3. Gentle On My Mind * 4. Don't Cry Daddy * 5. Surrender * 6. Good Luck Charm * 7. Devil In Disguise * 8. She's Not You * 9. Suspicion * 10. The Girl Of My Best Friend * 11. His Latest Flame * 12. Love Letters * 13. Memories.
GOSPEL – Selections: 1. Peace in the Valley * 2. Crying in the Chapel * 3. How Great Thou Art *4. If I Can Dream * 5. Amazing Grace * 6. Swing Down Sweet Chariot * 7. Joshua Fit The Battle * 8. Take My Hand Precious Lord * 9. Lead Me, Guide Me * 10. He Touched Me * 11. Milky White Way * 12. You'll Never Walk Alone * 13. Where Could I Go But To The Lord.
LOVE SONGS – Selections: 1. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You * 2. Any Way You Want Me * 3. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me * 4. One Night * 5. Can't Help Falling In Love * 6. Love Me Tender * 7. Always On My Mind * 8. Are You Lonesome Tonight? * 9. Unchained Melody * 10. Loving You * 11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling * 12. It's Now Or Never * 13. The Wonder Of You.
MOVIES – Selections: 1. King Creole * 2. Jailhouse Rock * 3. Trouble * 4. Return To Sender * 5. A Little Less Conversation * 6. Viva Las Vegas * 7. G.I Blues * 8. Follow That Dream * 9. Bossa Nova Baby * 10. Rubberneckin' * 11. Blue Hawaii * 12. Loving You * 13. Teddy Bear.
COUNTRY – Selections: 1. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water * 2. Kentucky Rain * 3. For The Good Times * 4. Guitar Man * 5. Blue Moon of Kentucky * 6. Just Because * 7. Long Black Limousine * 8. I'll Hold You In My Heart (Until I Can Hold You in My Arms) * 9. She Thinks I Still Care * 10. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry * 11. Welcome to My World * 12. Funny How Time Slips Away * 13. There Goes My Everything.
IN CONCERT – Selections: 1. Polk Salad Annie * 2. Suspicious Minds * 3. Just Pretend * 4. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling * 5. Bridge Over Troubled Water * 6. See See Rider * 7. Walk A Mile In My Shoes * 8. I Can't Stop Loving You * 9. You Gave Me A Mountain * 10. An American Trilogy * 11. Burning Love * 12. My Way * 13. A Big Hunk of Love.
Graceland updates Elvis Week guests; take the virtual tour, tooIf one sees and hears a great deal more than the usual about Elvis Presley this year, it is not an accident.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien
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Cast for Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert at FedExForum Announced
We are excited to announce the confirmed cast of the Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert that will be at the FedExForum on August during Elvis Week. See some of Elvis' finest concert performances projected on a large video screen, accompanied live on stage by a cast of singers and musicians who worked with him, an orchestra, and additional singers and musicians.
Enter to Win the Ultimate Rock 'n' Roll Pilgrimage Contest!
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_On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., 25 lucky fans plus a guest will join Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland to help launch the new VIP exhibit, “Elvis...Through His Daughter's Eyes.”
The new exhibit, launching as part of the Graceland VIP Tour, will allow guests to explore Lisa Marie's experience of growing up at Graceland and the relationship she share with her famous father. It will feature family photos, home movies and much more.
If you live in the Memphis-area or are able to be present on opening day and would like to be included in the random drawing, please click here to win a chance to meet Lisa Marie Presley and be the first to tour “Elvis...Through His Daughter's Eyes.”
Graceland Launches 35th Anniversary Celebration
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. is preparing for what promises to be one of the biggest years in the Elvis world as plans take shape for a year-long celebration of the life and legacy of the Rock ‘n Roll icon on the 35th anniversary of the late singer’s passing.
The 35th Anniversary Year of Elvis will kick off in Memphis during the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s annual birthday celebration held Thursday, January 5 - Sunday, January 8, 2012, followed by The Elvis Cruise from Jacksonville, FL, to Nassau, Bahamas on January 6 – 12, 2012 and continues through Elvis Week 2012 which is expected to draw 75,000 fans from around the world making the pilgrimage to Memphis to visit Graceland and take part in a week-long event that celebrates the music icon.
Three new exhibits will be unveiled at Graceland starting with “Elvis on Tour” that opens to the public on January 5th. The exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Golden Globe award-winning documentary of the same name. “Elvis…Through His Daughter’s Eyes” will open on February 1st, Lisa Marie Presley’s birthday, and will highlight the relationship between Elvis and his only child. The largest exhibit launching during the 35th Anniversary year, “Icon: The Influence of Elvis Presley,” will open on March 1st and will feature many artifacts on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit will celebrate Elvis’ status as a music pioneer and icon that paved the way and influenced many of today’s artists and notable celebrities.
Numerous licensees and partners are also celebrating the 35th Anniversary Year of Elvis with special events, promotions, products and tours on a global scale. The largest ever international Elvis Presley exhibition will be unveiled in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2012 featuring hundreds of artifacts on loan from Graceland in Memphis. Elvis Presley In Concert, an astounding production that reunites former Elvis band mates live on stage with a state of the art video-projected Elvis, is returning in March of 2012 for a 16 date tour through Europe which includes London, Paris, Dublin, Zurich and Frankfurt in addition to Sao Paulo, Brazil, timed to coincide with the opening of the grand exhibition.
The new theatrical concert experience ELVIS LIVES “The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event” will embark on a 29 city U.S. tour featuring finalists from The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest as they perform in an unforgettable multi- media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life. Licensed Elvis festivals will be taking place all over the world in 2012. From Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Miss. to Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia, fans will be gathering to celebrate Elvis Presley during this special year.
In August 2012, tens of thousands of fans from around the world will gather at Graceland in Memphis from Friday, August 10th through Saturday, August 18th for a week of special events, concerts, panel discussions and more during a multiple day celebration which has become known as Elvis Week. One of the largest events during the week, and one that has become a rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage for many, is the annual Candlelight Vigil on August 15th.
“International fan clubs that normally bring 50 or 100 fans to Memphis for Elvis Week have told us they are bringing 500 or more in 2012,” said Scott Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Media for EPE. “And thanks to the growth of social networking, fans will be able to join us online making this the biggest celebration of Elvis in history.”
In recent years, the 20th, 25th and 30th year anniversaries saw a dramatic increase in awareness and participation by the media, licensees and fans from all over the world. During the 30th Anniversary celebration in 2007, some 75,000 people attended Elvis Week events and toured the king’s castle, Graceland, during the 7 day celebration in Memphis. In 2012, there will be even more ways than ever for fans, many of whom were not yet born when Elvis passed away, to celebrate their love for the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
2012 will be an exciting time to visit Graceland. For more information about planning a trip to Graceland or to buy tickets, visit Graceland’s online travel planner. For additional information on the year-long 35th Anniversary celebration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley, please visit Elvis.com or ElvisWeek.com.
Help ring in the holidays in downtown Sterling by participating in the annual Sights & Sounds events. Please go to our website for a full listing of events.
Nov. 30 - Toys for Tots Drive-by Drop Off @ the Chamber Office, 211 Locust St.
Dec. 1: Community Concert -- 7 p.m. @ 1st Congregational Church
5:30: Tree Lighting @ Grandon Civic Center
5:45: "Running of the Santas" 3-mile fun run
6:00: Parade - Immediately following parade downtown businesses open late w/ treats and activities. Santa will be at Sterling Federal Bank
7:00: Centennial Community Players perform "It's A Wonderful Life" - A Live Radio Play @ the Presbyterian Church, Sterling
8a-11p: Breakfast with Santa at the Sterling Moose Lodge
11a-5p: ‘Kringle Krunch’ Bazaar @ Woodlawn Arts Academy
7pm: Centennial Community Players perform "It's A Wonderful Life" - A Live Radio Play @ the Presbyterian Church, Sterling
2pm: Centennial Community Players perform "It's A Wonderful Life" - A Live Radio Play @ the Presbyterian Church, Sterling
Morrison celebrates a “Hometown Christmas” with a host of events beginning Thursday evening (Nov. 30) with church suppers, live nativity, and Christmas tree lighting; Friday features restaurant specials and Christmas Cocktail Concoction Contest at the pubs; culminating on Saturday with a craft show, window displays, retail specials, holiday entertainment, and lighted parade.
The 23st Annual Christmas Walk has been set for Dec. 2-3. This year’s event is being brought to you by Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Chamber of Commerce. The festivities kick-off as Santa will arrive in downtown Dixon at KSB Hospital at 6 p.m. for a tree lighting ceremony. The walk also features specials and give-aways at many of the downtown stores and, of course, the traditional horse-and-wagon rides will be available from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. that night.
After walking through the streets and taking in the atmosphere, families will get a chance to win a bounty of cash and prizes at the Great Snowball Drop at 7 p.m. at the corner of First and Ottawa Ave (near Dixon Paint Company). More than 1500 "snowballs" will drop from the sky and festival goers will get to catch a snowball for a chance at great prizes ranging from downtown gift certificates to $100 cash.
Come back downtown on Saturday for Breakfast with Santa at the Lee County Senior Center and Post House Ballroom. There will be a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (the breakfast ends at 10:30 a.m.). Also on Saturday, the Dixon Lioness Club will feature their annual Craft Show from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Loveland Community House. They will also be serving lunch and holding a bake sale throughout the day. And the Dixon Municipal Band will hold their annual holiday concert that evening at 7 p.m. at the Historic Dixon Theatre.
Christmas Walk Timeline of Events for Saturday
Saturday, Dec. 3 8 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa begins at the Post House Ballroom/LCCOA
9 a.m. –Lioness Craft Show begins at the Loveland Community House
7 p.m. – Dixon Municipal Band concert at the Dixon Theatre
The Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas Walk and Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Businesses will offer holiday specials and Dickens characters will stroll through the downtown area. The Tour of Homes is 10 am – 2pm and advanced tickets cost $5. Prices increase to $7 the day of the tour. Tickets are available downtown at the Driftless Area Stillroom located in the shops @ glenview. Call 815.244.4058 to purchase tickets with a credit card for pickup on Dec. 3rd.
Many special events will be held downtown during the Christmas Walk.
There will be a book signing ("All I Want for Christmas is to See a Tornado!") by WQAD-TV meteorologist Terry Swails and his wife, Carolyn S. Wettstone from 1-3 pm at the Market Street Commons, 320 N. Main St. The Savanna Thomson State Bank is sponsoring Pictures with Santa 10a-1p at the Senior Center, 306 N. Main St. Story Time with Father Christmas and Santa Paws will be held at the Mt. Carroll Public Library (208 N. Main St.) at 10 am followed by a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the south room renovation. For more information, including the list of homes on the tour, call 800.244.9594 or visit the website at www.mtcarrollil.org.
Kick off the holiday season with Oregon’s own Candlelight Walk holiday festival, Dec. 3... This year celebrating 25 years with open carriage rides, live reindeer, luminaries, Christmas lights, costumed characters, refreshments, the Holiday Gift Fair, live nativity, yummy food and Santa. All businesses throughout our historic downtown adorned with Red Bows will be open.evel and check out over 40 businesses at the Gift Fair. Conover Square Mall businesses will host a Festival of Trees, madrigal singers, food, specials and the big guy himself - Santa!
Fri, Dec. 2nd - 2 mile run/walk at 6:30p with registration at Manny's Too beginning at 5:30p. Downtown Christmas Walk from 5-7:30 pm with many events including train rides, Santa Claus, The Grinch, Live Nativity, food, music and more.
Sat, Dec 3rd -Fulton Fire Dept breakfast with Santa at the new fire station from 7-10a. Businesses will be open in downtown Fulton all day offering shopping, entertainment, refreshments and holiday cheer.
Sat Dec 3rd - The Christmas Walk at Heritage Canyon will be held on Sat. from 10a to 4p with the Illuminated Walk from 6-8pm
Tim and oh, all that research.