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THE ELVIS REQUEST SHOW NOW ONLINE
The Latest Edition of the Elvis Request Show [EER1190] is now online and available to download until around
8am [UK time] on SATURDAY the 23rd May 2015.

Join Lee & Joe as they bring you 3 hours of requests and news and play all the songs you love to hear from
Elvis and read out your messages and opinions on the goings on in the Elvis world.

We hope all who want to can download it and enjoy the shows.  
Go Here For Show
May 15, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
HOW MANY COPIES WHERE PRESSED....
We've all seen the authentic looking copy of Elvis' first private demo 'My Happiness' & 'Thats When Your
Heartaches Begin' released for Record Store Day (RSD).....Or was it?

Ever since this release from Jack White's Third Man Records was announced there has been a few things that
just did not add up. We heard from some stores that each one would be getting 5 copies each? Others said 2?
We also heard from some that there was no Elvis title listed on the 2015 releases for RSD?

Fans around the USA went nuts to be able to secure a copy for themselves and maybe extra copies to put on
ebay and turn a $19.99 10" 2 track record into a $50, $100, $150, $250 dollar collectible. Of course, there
were no shortage of fans around the world waiting to snap up these very hard to get records.

But then we got reports that none of the Elvis records had an official RSD sticker on the sleeve making us
wonder even more as to what was going on? We warned listeners not to send crazy money out on these discs
on ebay as we were pretty certain that prices would soon plummet.

Remember stores said they would get 5 copies or 2 copies, well how about this then, SUN Records took
delivery of 300 (THREE HUNDRED) copies.....PLUS, Third Man Records were selling copies on their own site!

The rumours were that 500 copies were pressed? So what's actual story right now with this once believed rare
and limited edition release?

Upon contacting Third Man Records, they told us that "200 copies were initially pressed as they were only to
be available online via their own store." But this was quickly changed, "It was decided at the last minute to
distribute 'My Happiness' to participating stores." When asked how many have been pressed, the answer was
"an exact number as to how many more were pressed is unknown".

But was this record anything to do with RSD? In a word...NO. It turns out that this was NEVER part of the RSD
release schedule and is not limited in anyway at all.  
May 15, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / Third Man Records
BB KING DEAD AGED 89
The "King of the Blues", guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89.
King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians, and
working with Eric Clapton on the critically acclaimed album 'Riding With The King'.

B.B. King always spoke highly of Elvis. Here's something King said about the King as he shared about his early
memories of him,
"I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around Sun Studio. Even then, I knew this kid
had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as
unique as Sinatra's, I was a tremendous fan and has Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his
inventiveness."

But going back to the 1950's, B.B. King was actually defending Elvis against the rumours being spread that
Elvis was a racist. In the Sepia magazine, King was quoted as saying,
"'What most people don't know', stated
King, 'is that this boy is serious about what he's doing. He's carried away by it. When I was in Memphis with my
band, he used to stand in the wings and watch us perform. As for fading away, rock and roll is here to stay and
so, I believe, is Elvis. He's been a shot in the arm to the business and all I can say is 'that's my man'."

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.
He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.
May 14, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / AP
THE ELVIS FILES MAGAZINE ISSUE 12
To be released in June.

Some very interesting articles and some great unseen photos.
It's time for you all to renew your subscription who runs out after this issue.
Send € 58 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no Or send € 15 for this issue only.
HOW ELVIS HELPED THE DENVER POLICE DEPT
Singer Elvis Presley is among those who will be recognized by the Denver Police Law Enforcement Museum,
now in the process of being created.

Why Elvis?

"In 1970, Denver Police handled the security arrangements for the King of Rock 'n Roll's concert and he
formed lasting friendships with several of the officers," according to the Denver Police Department.

He was reportedly such a big fan of the Denver Police Department that he donated the money to outfit the
Denver's first Police Athletic League gymnasium.

The future museum will include a photo of Presley in a Denver Police Department uniform with then Police
Chief Art Dill.
May 14, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / Email
ELVIS @ 80 EXHIBIT AT THE LONDON BARBICAN
Elvis really is everywhere at the moment and for fans in the UK, we're spoilt for choice where to go see Elvis
treaures. If Elvis and the O2 doesn't satisfy all your Elvis cravings then you can pay a visit to the Barbican,
located in the heart of the City of London accessible by rail, road and underground.

The Barbican's 'ELVIS @ 80' exhibition celebrates Elvis Presley, King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in what would have been
his 80th year.  Featuring original vinyl, the Annuals, posters and all things Elvis!

'ELVIS @ 80' is open 6 days a week (closed Sundays) until 27th June and the best bit is it's FREE ENTRY!
Check out the
Barbican website on how to get there
May 11, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / Email
ELVIS INDUCTED INTO THE R&B HALL OF FAME
The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame & Museum will host its 3rd annual Induction Ceremony in the
city of Clarksdale, Mississippi on June 6, 2015 at the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium.
The Red Carpet will start at 5:00 p.m. and the induction ceremony will start at 6:00 p.m.

LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson, founder of the project, said “We are so proud to be bringing the Official Rhythm
& Blues Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Clarksdale, and this induction ceremony is going to honor the
greats of Rhythm & Blues in the place where American popular music was born.”

The 2015 class of inductees includes Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Millie Jackson, Bobby Rush, The Bar-Kay’s,
Sam and Dave, Al Bell, Ike Turner, The Mad Lads, Stax Records, Dorothy Moore, Muddy Waters, Denise
LaSalle, Little Junior Parker and WDIA radio station.
May 09, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / Elvis Matters
ELVIS' PAIN KILLER PILL POTS UP FOR AUCTION
The last pill bottle prescribed to music legend Elvis Presley the day before his death is coming up for auction.

The King, as he was known, took the Parafon Forte tablets for pain relief in the hours before he was found
dead in the bathroom of his home at Graceland.

The pills were to relieve discomfort Elvis suffered from severe muscle spasms.

Also for sale is an empty vial that contained Trisoralen, a prescription drug which enhanced Elvis's skin
pigmentation to give him a tan. Elvis died on August 16, 1977, from a heart attack brought on by polypharmacy
or prescription drug abuse.

Post mortem examination showed he had traces of 14 different drugs in his system at the time.

The two bottles are items of macabre memorabilia relating to Elvis' untimely death at the age of 42 which are
being sold at auction in the US for a combined £10,000.

The Parafon Forte pills were prescribed to Elvis by his doctor, Dr George Nichopoulos, from the Prescription
House of Memphis on August 15, 1977.

The label on the bottle clearly has Elvis's name printed on it followed by the warning 'take as directed.'

Elvis was known to take Parafon Forte after exercise such as racquetball or karate when he often suffered
from muscle pain.

Dr Nichopoulos removed the bottle from Elvis's bedroom following his death and it ended up at the Elvis-A-
Rama Museum in Las Vegas from which it was bought by a private collector.

The bottle of Trisoralen was prescribed by the same doctor for the singer from Walgreens pharmacy in
Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 25, 1977 – the same day he performed live at the Riverfront Coliseum in the city.

The King is said to have wanted the pills to improve his tan for the video cameras which were filming his
summer tour of that year for an 'Elvis in Concert' TV special that was broadcast two months after his death.

The bottle was discovered after the singer's death in the bottom of his racquetball bag by Jo Smith, the wife of
Billy Smith who was Elvis's cousin and member of the so-called Memphis Mafia, a close group of friends and
family who looked out for him.

Their son Danny sold it to an Elvis collector in 2002.

There are letters of authenticity signed by Dr Nichopoulos and Billy and Jo Smith, validating both pill bottles.

They are now being sold by Julien's Auctions in New York.

Darren Julien, from Julien's, said: 'There were pills left in both bottles but we have had to empty them as we
are not allowed to sell prescription drugs.

'There is no question that Elvis took these pills. Nobody else would have taken his prescription.

'It may seem a little macabre but anything touched or used by a rock icon like Elvis is desirable to fans.

'Some years ago, we sold the first Elvis pill bottle that a lady found in the trash at Graceland for a considerable
amount of money and we started to realise there was a market for this type of thing.

'These items are quite poignant and significant because it was his addiction to these pills that led to his
downfall and death. They played a part in both his life and death.'

After Elvis's death, Dr Nichopoulos faced a trial for over-prescribing drugs to the star.

The hearing heard he had prescribed Elvis over 10,000 doses of drugs including amphetamines and
barbiturates, narcotics and tranquilisers from 1967 to 1977.

Dr Nichopoulos, dubbed Dr Feelgood by the media, was initially cleared of any wrongdoing, but had his licence
revoked in 1995 on the same grounds. The two bottles are being sold on May 16.
May 09, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / The Mail
THE ELVIS REQUEST SHOW NOW ONLINE
The Latest Edition of the Elvis Request Show [EER1189] is now online and available to download until around
8am [UK time] on SATURDAY the 16th May 2015.

Join Lee & Joe as they bring you 3 hours of requests and news and play all the songs you love to hear from
Elvis and read out your messages and opinions on the goings on in the Elvis world.

We hope all who want to can download it and enjoy the shows.  
Go Here For Show
May 09, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
ELVIS & NIXON SECURES CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR
The Montreal-based distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Elvis & Nixon. Michael Shannon and Kevin
Spacey star in Elvis & Nixon, which Bloom sells internationally. The true story recounts the meeting between
Elvis and the President when Elvis asks to be sworn in as an undercover FBI agent.

The film focuses on the December 21, 1970, meeting between the two men at the White House.

Filming took place in New Orléans, Shreveport, Louisiana and Los Angeles, California.

The film is expected to be released in 2016.
May 09, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / Elvis Matters
CHILDREN ASKS..."IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME"
A New Jersey newspaper holds a regular segment targeting local children aged 9 to 12 years and each week,
the paper asks School Children varying questions which they publish selected answers.

This week's question is "what would you do if you could go back in time?" Amongst the various answers are the
expected type of replies, Dinosaurs, Roman Soldiers, George Washington, but then some liked the idea of
meeting up with a certain King of Rock 'N' Roll and true King of Pop.....ELVIS!

Noah Skeffington in the 6th Grade wrote:
I would like to go back in time to see Elvis Presley in the 1960's. I think it would be cool to go see one of his
concerts. Then, I would want to spend a day with him, because I want to know what it is like to be Elvis Presley.
Also, I would ask him what he does for fun each day! In conclusion, I want to go back in time to the 1960's to
meet Elvis Presley!

Liam Akers in the 5th Grade writes:
If I could go to back to a certain decade it would be in the 1950's. First, I would see old cars. I would do that
because some old cars are awesome. Second, I would also like to see what school like back then and what
games the students played at recess. Lastly, I would also like to meet Elvis Presley. I would ask him for his
autograph. In conclusion, I would love to go back in time to the 1950's.

Ivy Murphy from the 4th Grade writes:
If I could go back to a particular decade I would go to the 1960's. The events that I would want to see are a
disco party, pumps festival and go to an Elvis Presley concert. I would want to meet Elvis Presley. When I go to
an Elvis Presley concert I would make sure to get a backstage pass.

And last but not least, Ava McDougall in the 6th Grade wrote:
First my dad loves Elvis Presley. My dad always says how cool he is and watches his movies. He said that he
was sad when he died because he loved his music. So, if my dad says good things about him, I like him. Lastly
I think his style was so cool, his hairstyle was slicked on the side and then he had a flip in the front. Finally
these are the reasons I would want to go back to Elvis Presley's time.
May 08, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / NJ.com
ELVIS HAS BEEN BACK IN THE BUILDING AGAIN & AGAIN!
ELVIS: THE EXHIBITION * THE SHOW (by an IMP) * THE EXPERIENCE, this event is billed as Elvis being
back in the building for the first time in 40 years. Sounds good doesn't it, but hang about, hasn't the Westgate
which was formally the Hilton held Elvis exhibitions and shows in the years PRIOR to this current event!

Read the rest of this article and find out what reviews of the new Vegas exhibit are saying and see some great
photos from Elvis at the Westgate from 2014.........
Take a look
May 08, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
THE AMERICANA MUSIC TRIANGLE
The story of the Americana Music Triangle begins centuries ago with Paleo Indians along the Mississippi River,
eventually displaced by European explorers and settlers. As more people  from around the globe arrived to put
down roots, complex musical layers began to form over the foundation of Native American culture. Spanish
guitars, mandolins and Latin rhythms mixed with French dances and folk songs. The fiddle tunes and narrative
ballads of the English, Scots, and Irish collided with African chants, dances, drums, and banjo music. The
songs of Haitians and French Canadians met the polkas and accordions of the German-Czechs. All of these
traditions simmered here for centuries, creating essential cultural lifelines as the region endured devastating
wars, the atrocities of slavery, massive natural disasters, dramatic migrations and the moral conflicts of a
nation struggling to define itself.

These musical traditions continued to evolve over time, building up to the moment when two emerging
technologies — radio and records — would collide to capture, define and spread the Americana Music
Triangle’s distinctive sounds to the rest of the world. Enter Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock ‘N’ Roll, R&B/Soul,
Gospel, Southern Gospel,Cajun/Zydeco and Bluegrass: nine distinct musical traditions that couldn’t have
happened anywhere else, or any other way.

Follow the Gold Record Road through the Americana Music Triangle, the first-ever comprehensive collection
of historical, musical and cultural attractions that define the birthplace of our country’s greatest cultural export.
Pick a route, pack a bag, and experience the very places where history made music, then music made history.
Check out the site
May 06, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
ELVIS SAVED OUR JOBS
Author Karl Whitney is hoping to trace people who worked at the Washington (England)-based RCA record
plant in the 1970s.
“The factory is the most modern in the world and the first American record-producing plant
in this country,”
reported newspaper Echo. “It will provide 300 jobs and is computer-controlled.” Copies of a
specially-pressed record, featuring “pop” tracks from Elvis and other singers on one side and classical tunes
on the other, were also handed out at the opening of the factory to 200 managers and staff.

Hundreds of factory staff produced over 18,000,000 records a year - featuring everyone from David Bowie and
Sweet to Elvis and classical performers - during the early 1970s. But, by the middle of the decade, sales of
vinyl had started to fall as music fans rushed out to buy new cassettes instead. The changing face of the
industry soon took its toll on RCA.   

Plans to close the Washington plant were first mooted in 1976 and, in July 1977, it was announced 94 staff
were to lose their jobs - with the others to be put on short-time working.  
“Elvis had always been a great seller
for RCA, but now plants around the world were told to step up production. Washington, as the most modern,
was at the forefront of this process. After Elvis' death the factory worked 24 hours a day.  “Twelve-hour shifts
were introduced, as Elvis’s records were effectively sold before they were pressed. The factory went from near
closure to 24-hour working, seven days a week.”
says Whitney.

The death of The King helped keep RCA Washington open for the next three years but, in 1981, the plant
once hailed as “a veritable showpiece of modern technology” finally shut. Europe’s biggest DIY complex was
later built on the site by Dickens, and today the area is home to B&Q. Only memories, however, remain of the
world’s best record-pressing plant.
May 03, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio / Elvis Matters
WOMAN'S FAMILY MISSED OUT ON MILLIONS?
It might be a massive, missed opportunity.....The song “G.I. Blues” was featured in the movie, starring Elvis
Presley, of the same name in 1960 and was a feature on the soundtrack. It was also in a compilation of
soundtrack tunes in 1995 (not to mention the many many other 45', EP, LP & CD releases worldwide).

The Slay family says they could have been collecting royalties for 60 years if they would have paid the $25
copyright fee.
“She didn’t do it, because they thought it was a scam,” Pamela Slay said of her mother-in-law,
Lucille Slay. Talented though she was, Lucille Slay, of Bonifay, never sought out to be a songwriter. Pamela
Slay said her mother-in-law was a great cook, a master baker and could quote the Bible from
“verse to verse.”

Seemingly out of the blue — Pamela Slay, of Parker, describes it as a mystery of inspiration — Lucille Slay
wrote the lyrics down for
“G.I. Talking Blues” and sent them to Bob Carleton of Hollywood Studio in 1946,
when Presley was just 14.
"She did not make a copy of the lyrics". Carleton sent a letter back Feb. 18, 1946
asking Lucille Slay to pay a $10 deposit for the band to record the song, which would go toward the $25
copyright fee.
“I am very anxious to collaborate on this song, and for that reason have made you an offer
which I am definitely certain will not be topped by any other offer from a legitimate composer,”
Carleton wrote in
the letter.

Now, $25 was a lot of money in 1946, especially considering Jackson Slay’s parents were still using oxen to
plow the fields on their Holmes County farm. Jackson was Lucille Slay’s husband and he worked at the Killby
prison. While he could shoot the head off a water moccasin, made of money he was not.
“That’s like $500
today,”
Pamela Slay said.

As Lucille Slay told it, Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker, found
“G.I. Talking Blues” and it was later turned
into a hit for the King by Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett, the credited writers. Pamela is unsure what lyrics were
changed.
“I don’t think she thought about wanting people to know about it one day,” Pamela said.

Lucille died in Sept. 12, 1992, and Pamela Slay wants to see her get credit for the song.

EER Adds: With no copy of the lyrics ever taken, we cannot ever know if ''G.I. Talking Blues" was ever
destined to become the title song of one of Elvis' greatest selling soundtracks. So as for wanting to see her
relative get credit for the song is something that just will not happen.
May 03, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
ED SHEERAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO ELVIS AT GRACELAND
Ed Sheeran may be pop royalty - but when it comes to music, there is only one King.

The singer-songwriter paid a visit to the grave of Elvis Presley after playing a gig in Memphis.

He will be All Shook Up to see that the pic he posted from the rock and roll legend's Graceland home on
Instagram, alongside the description
'Spent the day in Graceland, Memphis Tennessee', garnered a monster
165k likes.

Follower Katie Salyer commented:
"It makes me sad that so many kids nowadays have no idea who Elvis was."
May 04, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
GRACELAND TOO EMPTIED AT LAST
An auctioneer's gavel has banged "sold" for hundreds of Elvis Presley photos, records, figurines, cutouts,
clocks and other kitsch collected by the late Paul McLeod.

They sold Saturday at the Holly Springs mansion that McLeod dubbed "Graceland Too," auctioneer Greg
Kinard told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. He said he hasn't figured the total, and doesn't know whether it
will be released.

McLeod's collection originally sold in one online bid, which was thrown out because the bidder mistakenly
thought he'd get the antebellum home as well as the collection. On Saturday, items were sold in more than 400
lots without any online bids.
May 03, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
GRACELAND VOTED BEST HISTORIC SOUTHERN ATTRACTION
It was Elvis' beloved Memphis home for 20 years. Graceland is currently sitting at the number 1 spot in the
line-up of places to visit in the list of 20 Best Historic Southern Attractions.

Voting is open until Monday, May 25th, 2015 at 11:59am EDT
Here is the current top 5 voted for attractions with Graceland leading the way.
01. Graceland - Memphis
02. Little Rock Central High School - Little Rock
03. Historic District - St. Augustine, Fla.
04. Edmund Pettus Bridge - Selma, Ala.
05. Colonial Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Va.
Vote For Graceland
May 03, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
THE ELVIS REQUEST SHOW NOW ONLINE
The Latest Edition of the Elvis Request Show [EER1188] is now online and available to download until around
8am [UK time] on SATURDAY the 09th May 2015.

Join Lee & Joe as they bring you 3 hours of requests and news and play all the songs you love to hear from
Elvis and read out your messages and opinions on the goings on in the Elvis world.

We hope all who want to can download it and enjoy the shows.  
Go Here For Show
May 02, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
ELVIS EXPERIENCE IS A HUNKA HUNKA LUKEWARM LOVE
Not to be cruel—surely everyone involved has a heart that’s true—but this show is a dog, hound or otherwise.

Given that I never saw the dynamic Elvis live onstage, I have to believe what we get at Westgate Las Vegas’
Elvis: The Experience—the performance component that bookends the museum-style Elvis: The Exhibition—is
to the legend what house slippers are to blue suede shoes.

Set for a five-week run, this production at the Elvis Presley Theater (the ex-LVH Theater) is the first of a
planned series of Elvis tributes, with the blessing of the Presley estate and Priscilla Presley. Designed as a re-
creation of an Elvis concert circa the early ’70s, it plays similar to Bob Anderson’s Frank Sinatra interpretation
at the Palazzo but minus that show’s creative thematic segments—or celebratory joy.

Impersonator Martin Fontaine is Elvis in period-appropriate white jumpsuit and cape—backed by an orchestra
and aided by female R&B background singers the Sweet Inspirations—singing hit after hit to increasingly
numbing effect.

Energy isn’t lacking—Fontaine bristles with it—but energy doesn’t automatically translate into charisma, and
Fontaine leaves a personality black hole in his wake. Enormous Elvis love in the room only carries him through
the first few tunes (“C.C. Rider,” “Welcome to My World,” “The Wonder of You”) before Fontaine attempts to
schmooze the audience with disastrous results. Mumbly, unfunny and charmless, Fontaine torpedoes his
rapport with the audience and never recovers.

This Elvis never seems happy to be back in the building. He doesn’t give us much reason to be happy, either.

As a song interpreter, Fontaine can’t be faulted. Timeless Elvis classics such as “Burning Love,” “Teddy Bear,”
“Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Can’t Help Falling in
Love With You,” among others, are rendered in sturdy Elvis style. Not to mention the elaborate—and
overdone—karate kicks with which Elvis punctuated song climaxes.

Occasionally, Fontaine rises a bit above the mundane tone he’s set, but it takes tunes such as “My Way” and
“The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” both nearly impossible to perform without rousing theatrics. Once Fontaine
had exited before the inevitable encore at a recent show, the relatively subdued applause made me wish he’d
remained backstage to avoid the awkwardness of returning to a crowd that wasn’t clamoring for him. He didn’t.

Between its hit-checklist mentality and Fontaine’s cipher-like interpretation, Elvis: The Experience feels hollow
and perfunctory. Or … are we living in an Elvis House of Mirrors, where everything about The King is so
distorted now—such a Presley caricature—that we can’t tell or even appreciate what he actually was?

Not only did Elvis impersonation long ago become an industry, but also an easy joke and even code for
“kooks.” No other dead pop-culture icons—not Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr. or Dean
Martin—inspire such slavish silliness.

Whatever the reason—and by whichever standard it’s judged—Elvis: The Experience had me leaving the hotel
with a touch of heartbreak.
May 01, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio /
THE WESTGATE INCIDENT......
I originally wrote this story that included names of people that were directly involved in this incident. I didn't
take into account that some of these people are innocent bystanders in this story, & who they are have no
bearing on the end result. So, out of respect for those people, & their personal privacy, I've removed their
names, but the complete story is still intact. A few names have been left in with permission.

The incident at the Westgate.....
Read the whole Farce
May 01, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
THE EXHIBITION OPENS IN VEGAS
Elvis Presley is back in the building, returning to the Las Vegas hotel where he performed more than 600
times, in a new permanent exhibition about his life.

"Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition," which opened last week, features more than 300 artifacts never
before displayed outside his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. The display looks at his early days as a
recording artist, his stint in the U.S. Army, his films and his shows.

The singer began a Las Vegas performance residency in 1969 that broke box-office records for attendance
for the city.

"Elvis is synonymous with the city of Las Vegas, and now he is back on the ground," Graceland's director of
communications, Kevin Kern, told Reuters in Los Angeles.

Presley's widow, Priscilla, and daughter, Lisa Marie, cut the ribbon at the exhibition's opening at the Westgate
Las Vegas Resort and Casino, previously known as the International Hotel, where the singer performed
between 1969 and 1976.

"This is where his home was. He loved coming here," Priscilla said. "He was very fond of Vegas and I think that,
if not touring, still coming to Vegas [is] what he loved best."

Among the items displayed is a jewel-studded belt, with the word "Elvis" spelled out in diamonds, that he was
given by the hotel.

Preslely "really set the stage for a revolution for live entertainment in Las Vegas," Kern said.

The "Aloha from Hawaii" cape that Elvis wore on stage in Las Vegas, a replica of the cape he wore at a special
show in Hawaii in 1973, is also on display. The white cape is adorned with an eagle and stars.
May 01, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
LINDA THOMPSON REMEMBERS ELVIS AT GRACELAND
Remember when? Linda Thompson — who found herself back in the headlines last week with ex-husband
Bruce Jenner's 20/20 special — looked back on her famed relationship with Elvis Presley this week when she
stopped by Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

The reality star, 64, was in the South for a wedding, and took the time to visit the home that she once shared
with the rock great. Thompson dated Presley for four years in the 1970s after his split from Priscilla Presley
and the two lived together in the iconic Tennessee home.

With sons Brandon and Brody Jenner and Brody's girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter by her side, Thompson went on a
private tour of her former abode. Jenner's ex-wife took to Instagram to share a shot of herself and her family
members in Graceland and reflected on her time with Presley.

"Such a nostalgic private tour of Graceland today," she captioned of shot of herself with Brandon, Brody, and
Carter. "I got to share with @brandontjenner @brodyjenner & @kaitlynn_carter memories of Elvis. I designed
the stained glass peacocks leading into the music room, the climbing roses and 'P' stained glass at the front
door. I also decorated the downstairs rooms, and the Jungle Room... All according to Elvis's unique taste, of
course. Really rarefied memories were made at Graceland."

She went on to post videos from inside the mansion, touching on the "many memories" she has from that era.
Thompson also shared a vintage photo of herself with Presley, who died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Presley gazes at Thompson in the sweet shot, in which the two are done in up in '70s duds. "Many of you have
asked for photos of Elvis & me — this is a favorite of mine because I loved it when he looked at me like this...
#loveintheeyes," the former beauty queen wrote.

Carter, who has been dating Brody for about one year, also shared a photo from the Graceland tour. She
Instagrammed an image of the outside of the estate, writing, "visited the former home of @ltlindathompson
today... AKA Graceland. loved hearing all the memories of her four years with Elvis."

Thompson, who was also married to music legend David Foster for more than a decade and has made
cameos on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with Foster's current wife Yolanda Foster, regularly speaks fondly
about her exes. She lent her support to Jenner as he came forward with the news of his female gender identity,
writing of her former husband on Instagram, "Once a champion of Olympian magnitude...now a champion for
those who share the struggle to just be who they are. #compassion #acceptance #tolerance #education
#evolution #kindness #inclusion #freedom #peace."
May 01, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
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