Elvis Presley's wife, daughter celebrate singer's 75th birthday
By Jon Zahlaway / LiveDaily Senior Writer
Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley--wife and daughter of the late Elvis Presley [ tickets ]--will mark what would have been the late music legend's 75th birthday next month during the opening days of what is to be a year-long observance of the milestone at Presley's famous Graceland estate in Memphis.
According to a press release, the Jan. 7-10 event will include Graceland tours, a Memphis Symphony Orchestra performance dubbed "Elvis Birthday Pops" and an "Elvis Presley Day Ceremony" that will feature Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley.
The 75th birthday celebration will also feature additional events throughout 2010, according to organizers. Complete details are here:
The Elvis Presley Birthday CelebrationTICKET INFORMATION
All tickets below, with the exception of the Elvis Birthday Pops Concert, are on sale through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or by clicking on the links below. For all tickets below sold through Graceland, the prices include sales tax and there is a $4.95 per transaction service fee for each order. This includes orders made over the phone or online orders.
When ordering tickets through Graceland, only 6 tickets per event will be allowed. If you need to purchase more than 6, please place multiple orders. If you are ordering 15 or more per event, please contact Graceland Group Sales at 800-238-2010 or email [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
The Memphis Marriott East is the official host hotel for Elvis' Birthday Celebration. They are offering a special fan rate of $89 for the nights of January 7, 8 and 9, 2010.
ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 2010
Thursday, January 7 - Sunday, January 10
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7Elvis' 75th Birthday Celebration Tupelo Day Tour with Sweet Magnolia Tours
Boarding at 8:15 a.m. with departure at 8:30 a.m. Tour returns to Memphis at 4:00 p.m. Tour departs from the Tennessee Welcome Center, 119 Riverside Dr in downtown Memphis on the corner of Riverside Dr & Jefferson St. Your day of fun begins on the way to Tupelo when you compete with other fans for prizes during their Elvis Traveling Trivia Contest. At mid-morning you will arrive at Elvis Presley Park where you will visit the birthplace, chapel, museum, and Elvis' boyhood church. A picnic box lunch will be provided. Following lunch, your guide will take you on an “All Elvis” Tupelo City tour featuring special a stop at Tupelo Hardware, where Gladys bought Elvis his first guitar. New this year is a tour of Elvis' boyhood church recently moved to Elvis Presley Park. This excellent fully escorted trip includes box lunch, all admissions, deluxe round trip transportation and trivia contest with prizes. Cost is $72 per person. For more information, click here or call 901-369-9838 or 866-320-5295.Elvis Meetup at Marlowe's
Noon. 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. No cover charge, but guests pay for their own food, beverage and tip. Elvis door prizes will be given and special guests have been invited. All proceeds will benefit the Shelby County Humane Society. Contact Sharon Parker at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
or call 615-830-5126.Official Elvis Insiders Reception and Graceland Tour
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. An event exclusively for members of the Elvis Insiders. A private evening tour of Graceland Mansion in all its holiday splendor and a reception across the street in Graceland Plaza. The reception will not be a seated "theater-style" event but will be a progressive event moving about the plaza area and will include Elvis' airplanes, The Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, Elvis in Hollywood exhibit in the Sincerely Elvis Museum and Elvis Lives exhibit. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bars will be available. Special guests for the event will include: Annie Helm, Gavin Koon and Robin Koon who co-starred with Elvis in Follow That Dream and Terry Blackwood and Joe Moscheo of Elvis' Imperials. As has become tradition, just for the dates of the Elvis Birthday Celebration, special Elvis exhibits from the Graceland Archives will be in place inside the residential area of the mansion. The special evening tour of the mansion includes the audio tour presentation, plus Elvis Christmas music playing in the background. Decorations for the 2009/2010 holiday season will be in place. Because of space limitations, Elvis Insiders may purchase only one guest ticket in addition to their own. Admission $48.00 adults, $26.00 children 7-12, children under 7 free. Parking in the main Graceland parking lot is free beginning at 4:30 PM. Tickets on sale through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8D&N's and Elvis Meetup's Gospel Tribute to Elvis
12:01 a.m. In front of the Graceland gates. D&N's Elvis Presley Fan Club and the Elvis Meetup Fan Club invite you to join their annual tradition. Meet at the gates of Graceland at midnight on Elvis's birthday as they join fans from across the globe singing familiar gospel songs, and of course, Happy Birthday to Elvis.Elvis Presley Day Ceremony
9:30 a.m. North lawn of Graceland. Enjoy a ceremony with Graceland/EPE officials, a birthday cake cutting and a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Free admission. Complimentary birthday cake and coffee served at the Chrome Grille restaurant across the street from the mansion following the ceremony.Live Entertainment in Ticket Pavilion by Terry Mike Jeffrey
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Graceland Ticket Pavilion. After enjoying Elvis birthday cake, enjoy live Elvis music performed by Terry Mike Jeffrey inside the ticket pavilion at Graceland. Free.Elvis: A Tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll Autograph Signing with Author Frank Hyland
2:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. Graceland. Meet Frank Hyland, author of Elvis: A Tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and get his autograph on your copy of the new book. The book is a 144-page scrapbook that uses replicas to tell Elvis' story, including items like his birth certificate, concert and movie posters, and event tickets. Books will be for sale at the signing or order your book in advance on ShopElvis.com.4th Annual Rock-a-Hula Girls Charity Benefit
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Marlowe's Restaurant, 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. Please come join us for the wonderful event raising money for The Alzheimer's Association. Enjoy the good food at Marlowes (not included in ticket price), visit with Elvis friends and special guests, such a Marian Cocke, who will be signing her book. Also bid on several great Elvis themed items at our silent auction, including a rare print made just for this auction by Joe Petruccio. Cost is $20 and tickets are available at the door.2010 Grizzlies Elvis Birthday Night
7:00 p.m. A night of Elvis and Grizzlies Basketball. Join Elvis fans in town for the 75th Birthday Anniversary as they celebrate the life and career of a Memphis legend – Elvis Presley. The Memphis Grizzlies will be playing the Utah Jazz in an arena filled with Elvis-themed music, movie clips, and live entertainment. Come watch the Grizzlies in their "blue suede shoes" defend their home court while honoring the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll. More details will be announced soon, but you can get your tickets to the game at Grizzlies.com.Elvis Dance Party
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 Midnight. Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Memphis. Come hang out and enjoy a private party with your fellow Elvis fans. A disc jockey spins Elvis records for your listening and dancing pleasure. Cash bar featuring adult beverages (ID's checked) and soft drinks. Outdoor smoking area designated, no smoking inside. Admission $25.00. Tickets on sale through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or by clicking here.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9Fan Club Presidents' Event
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Memphis. Join Elvis Presley fan club presidents from independent Elvis fan clubs around the world at this special event to learn about the amazing work that fan clubs do to continue Elvis' name and memory. All fans are invited to attend this event where they can learn more about what official Elvis Presley fan clubs do, while also enjoying a program of EPE company updates and special announcements. Special guest speaker will be Marlyn Mason, who co-starred with Elvis in the 1969 movie The Trouble with Girls. She will share some of her favorite memories of filming with Elvis. Fan club presidents will receive a special invitation from Graceland. Tickets for additional fan club members and the general public are $10.00. Tickets on sale through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or by clicking here.Conversations on Elvis - Elvis in Tupelo
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Memphis. The January Conversations event will focus on Elvis growing up in Tupelo and his return to Tupelo in 1956. Conversations on Elvis will be hosted by Tupelo historian Roy Turner.
Special guests for Conversations will include: Barbara Hearn-Smith, who met Elvis in 1954, later dated him and would spend lots of time with him whenever he was home in Memphis. Barbara traveled with Elvis to his performance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo in 1956; Guy Harris, a lifelong friend of Elvis, who grew up with him in Tupelo and Guy's mother and Gladys were best friends; Sam Bell, who was a friend of Elvis and grew up with him in Tupelo. This event will also feature rarely-seen photos and video of Elvis from his time in Tupelo. Tickets are $20.00. Tickets on sale through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or by clicking here. For more information on visiting Tupelo, click here. Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents Elvis Birthday Pops
8:00 p.m. The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street in downtown Memphis. Elvis returns to the Cannon Center to celebrate his landmark 75th birthday in style with Terry Mike Jeffery, his band and special guests James Burton and Glen D Hardin of the TCB Band. The program features not only best-loved tunes but also some tunes from Elvis' movies, newly arranged by Terry Mike. Additional selections will include arrangements that even Elvis himself never performed on stage such as "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" and "Any Day Now." Steven Reineke conducts. Tickets range from $150 (VIP) to $28. To order, visit the Memphis Symphony Orchestra web site, call the Box Office at (901) 537-2525 or in person at 585 S. Mendenhall Road, Memphis, TN 38117. Tickets are on sale now.Elvis 75th Birthday Bash on Beale
9:00 p.m. Beale Street, downtown Memphis. Join Elvis fans from around the world as they celebrate Elvis' birthday on Beale Street. All the clubs will include Elvis-themed entertainment, drink specials and more. Must be 21 or older. Tickets are available for purchase through Graceland and can be presented at the door of any club on Beale Street for a wristband. Wristbands will give you access to all the clubs on Beale Street. Cost is $15.00. Tickets are on sale through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or by clicking here. Wristbands may also be purchased that evening on Beale Street at the door of any club. For more information on Beale Street, visit BealeStreetMerchants.com. Please note: All tickets purchased for this event in advance through Graceland must be picked up no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9. Tickets will not be available for pickup that evening on Beale Street.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10Southern Gospel Celebration at Graceland with Elvis' Imperials
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Graceland. Join Elvis' Imperials for a live concert in the ticket pavilion at Graceland. Enjoy classic gospel songs performed by one of Elvis' favorite groups while enjoying the beauty of Graceland in the early morning. Tickets are $25.00. Seating will be very limited. Tickets on sale through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or by clicking here.
MULTIPLE DATE EVENTSGraceland Tours
Tours of Graceland Mansion, the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, Elvis' personal jets, the Sincerely Elvis Museum and Private Presley available daily. Click here for tickets and details. Graceland Mansion is decorated in all its traditional holiday splendor indoors and out through January 10th. Especially for fans coming in for the Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration, special additional exhibits will be in place throughout the mansion January 8-10. Click here to purchase tickets online. To order tickets over the phone, call from all parts of the world (901) 332-3322. Or, from the USA and Canada, call toll-free 800-238-2000.Free Walk-Up Times for The Meditation Garden
Daily throughout the year there is a period of time for free-admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland, where the grave sites of Elvis and members of his family are located. Then the area becomes part of the regular ticketed Graceland Mansion tours for the rest of the day. The winter hours for free walk-up visits are 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. daily. During the Elvis' Birthday Celebration, there will also be nightly walkups from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on January 6, 8 and 9.