January 08 - Happy Birthday Proclamation for the Rebel

The proclamation and cutting of the birthday cake for the 83th. birthday of Elvis Presley took place 10.00 AM in Memphis, Tennessee. It featured a ceremony with Graceland officials, a birthday cake cutting and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. 

In 2018 concerts and exhibitions on five continents and there will be a new record is due around Elvis Week 2018 with “Elvis like you have never heard him before” according to Joel Weinshanker. 

Graceland also marked the occasion by officially opening its newest exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The “Hollywood Backlot” exhibit features production sets and artifacts from the acclaimed television series “Sun Records,” produced by ThinkFactory Media and executive produced by Leslie Greif. Filmed in Memphis and aired on CMT network in 2017, the eight-episode series chronicled the meteoric rise to fame of pioneering musicians Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Guided by Sun Records founder and producer Sam Phillips, these young musicians combined the styles of “hillbilly country” with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. 

Included in this one-of-a-kind exhibit are iconic set pieces that will transport guests back to the historic Memphis Recording Service studio and WHBQ Radio – exactly as these legendary locations appeared in the series, set in the late 1950’s during the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.

Fans who are unable to attend can watch the ceremony live via Elvis Presley's Graceland Livestream >> here

Promo for the Rebel

Here is the official promotional flyer for the upcoming Follow That Dream / Flaming Star book "Rebel with a Cause". Click on the flyer for the details. 

Elvis Birthday Auction Hits A High Note

The Elvis Birthday auction at Graceland made over a Half-Million Dollars. The annual Birthday auction of rare and authentic Elvis Presley artefacts and memorabilia featured an impressive 271 lots on the grounds of Graceland. 

Elvis enthusiasts from around the world bid competitively for a chance to own a piece of memorabilia. The mansion and all artefacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie and are not for sale. Notable bids on Saturday

Diamond and Platinum Ring Gifted to Linda Thompson for $27,500;
Globe-Shaped Free-Standing Wooden Bar from Elvis' Beverly Hills Home which brought $22,500
Elvis' Colt "Police Positive" .32 Caliber Revolver which sold for $20,000;
1954 Elvis Poster One of the Earliest Known Concert Performance Posters  Eagle's Nest- $18,750
RIAA Gold Record Award for Elvis' 1968 LP Elvis (The 1968 "Comeback TV Special") - Awarded in 1969 which sold for $17,500;
Leather Rocking Chair from the Jungle Room at Graceland which sold for $17,500;
RIAA Gold Record Award for Elvis' 1977 Single "My Way" which sold for $13,750;
1970's Elvis Chief of Police Badge which sold for $8,125;

    Numerous films, photos and original acetate recordings were also popular among bidders. The next Elvis Auction at Graceland will take place during the 41st Anniversary Elvis Week on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

    (Source: FECC / FTD / EPE / Elvis information Network)

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