In Celebration of our Bi-Centennial we will be posting memorable moments of our Great City.
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Today we start with some special Elvis Presley Historic Moments
Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins swapped autographs on the night of June 1, 1956, as their paths crossed at the Overton Park Shell. Some 5,000 teenagers turned out that night for two hours of rock and roll by various artists including Perkins. Elvis made a surprise appearance at the show.
Discharged from the U.S. Army with the rank of sergeant, Elvis Presley grins as he hands his mustering out pay to his business manager, Col. Tom Parker, in this March 5, 1960, photograph. The next day, Elvis would board a train for Memphis, arriving about 7:45 a.m. March 7.
Memphis disc jockey and television personality George Klein launches WHBQ-TV’s popular teen music program “Talent Party” in 1964. Known on pop radio as “The Geeker in your Speaker” (“Geeker” being pronounced “Jeeker,” a nickname inspired his initials, “G.K.”), Klein befriended Elvis when the two boys met at Humes High School and he was Presley’s best man during the singer’s 1967 marriage to Priscilla in Las Vegas.
Elvis buys Graceland for $102,500 in March 1957.
He moves into the home later that summer. Graceland has become The most visited landmark in Memphis.
Along with Live Nation, Graceland Soundstage and the Guest House at Graceland, expect to book between 50–75 concerts, music festivals and more shows in 2019 and will continue to expand outside of Presley-related events, according to Commercial Appeal. More shows are planned for 2020
Graceland currently hosts selected concert and music events, including the Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend.
“Graceland is already the most famous music destination in the world. And we want to make it one of the most famous destinations to see live music as well,” Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings told Commercial Appeal.
According to Graceland’s website, the property, which is a National Historic Landmark, has hosted more than 20 million visitors from in and outside of the U.S. since it first opened to the public in 1982.