Tuesday, January 04, 2022

January 04 - Clear Debut Vinyl

Due for release from the Destination Moon record label on January 17, 2022 is a limited edition of 500 copies on clear vinyl edition of Elvis Presley's self-titled debut album

Description: Elvis Presley’s self-titled debut album forever changed popular culture on release in 1956, its earthquake aftershocks still felt some 65 years later.

Side A: Blue Suede Shoes - I´m Couting On You - I Got A Woman - One-Sided Love Affair - I Love You Because - Just Because.

Side B: Tutti Frutti - Trying To Get To You - I´m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - I´ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin) - Blue Moon - Money Honey.

Graceland Commemorates the 45th Anniversary of Elvis’ Passing 

Graceland announced a yearlong celebration that kicks off this week during Elvis’ Birthday Celebration on January 6-9 in Memphis. 

From the announcement
:  Elvis Presley’s Graceland will be celebrating the life and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll throughout 2022 in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of his passing in 1977. ELVIS 45 will include special events, giveaways, new exhibit openings, and concerts at Graceland during the year, plus exclusive merchandise offerings and more. 

As part of ELVIS 45, Graceland is offering the highly collectible ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection, featuring a 2022 Graceland Annual Pass, limited-edition Elvis 45 records and collectible case, plus other items exclusively reserved for this one-time only package. 

Additionally, Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis will be giving out 1,000 special ELVIS 45 RPM Records to visitors who tour on six select days in 2022. All records will feature an ELVIS 45 custom jacket – and the record giveaways on three of the dates will be custom-pressings with a one-of-a-kind A/B side combination that is unavailable anywhere in the world. Visit >>> Graceland.com/Elvis45 for a list of giveaway dates and details. 

Graceland will also open four new exhibits in 2022, including Rock On, a pop-up replica guitar exhibit in partnership with Gibson Guitars in early January; Elvis: Dressed to Rock on May 7, featuring jumpsuits and Elvis’ stagewear from 1969-1977; Graceland: Welcome to My World on June 7, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Graceland opening to the public; and Dear Elvis, an exhibit honoring Elvis fans, which will open in August, just in time for Elvis Week 2022.

ELVIS 45 events planned for 2022 include Graceland traditional annual events like Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend in March 4-6, Graceland Performing Arts Camp in June, Elvis Week 2022 in August, Holiday Lighting Weekend in November, and Christmas Tours in December: plus, one-time events including a Valentine’s Day Package in February, Jailhouse Rock Party in April, Memphis Music Weekend in September, and more. Visit the Graceland.com calendar of events for a full listing. 

The first ELVIS 45 event kicks off this week during Elvis’ Birthday Celebration on January 6-9. 2022 birthday festivities will include a special appearance by Priscilla Presley at various events. Birthday festivities on January 6 include the Elvis Birthday Bash at Elvis Presley’s Memphis and private evening tours of Graceland Mansion decorated for the holidays. The special evening tour of Graceland Mansion will include live tour guides inside Graceland and Elvis Christmas music playing throughout the rest of the mansion grounds. At Elvis Presley’s Memphis, attendees will enjoy self-guided tours of the exhibits and an Elvis dance party with SiriusXM's Elvis Radio DJ Argo at Presley Motors, and photo ops, Elvis trivia, scavenger hunts, and more.

January 7 features an afternoon screening and sing-along with the film “Viva Las Vegas,” and a Gospel Dinner with Elvis gospel music by Terry Blackwood and The Imperials in the Guest House ballroom. 

The celebration continues on January 8 - Elvis’ birthday. At 8:30 a.m., the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony will take place on Graceland’s north lawn. The special ceremony will feature Priscilla Presley, a birthday cake cutting and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. 

Fans who are unable to attend can watch the ceremony online for free via Graceland’s Livestream page or at Elvis Presley’s Graceland Facebook page. The afternoon includes Conversations on Elvis in the Guest House theater with stories from those who knew the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll best, including a special appearance by Priscilla Presley; Terry Blackwood, who performed with Elvis as part of The Imperials; and Elvis' jeweler, Lowell Hays. The evening of the 8th features members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra presenting their annual Elvis Pops Concert live at the Graceland Soundstage with musician and singer Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band joining them.

For a complete day-by-day schedule and to purchase tickets, visit >>> Graceland.com/elvis-birthday.

Joseph Walker Died

Author Joseph P, Walker died. He was 57.

In 2019 he published the book 'Elvis in Arkansas', focusing on Elvis' trips across Arkansas from those earliest days to a visit just months before Presley’s untimely death.

(Source: Juno / Graceland)