NASHVILLE CELEBRATES ELVIS WEEK
Tour Elvis' Nashville and Take Part in Elvis Week Events
August fans from across the world will travel to Tennessee to mark the
35th anniversary of the death of one of the most iconic and recognized
musicians of all time, Elvis Presley. Nashville, the city where Elvis
recorded more than half of his catalogue of songs and has countless
musical ties, will honor Elvis and his loyal fans with several special
events throughout Elvis Week, August 10-18.
Elvis and his music have strong connections to Nashville starting with his first hit “Heartbreak Hotel” recorded in Nashville in 1956 all the way through the rest of his record-breaking career. Elvis recorded a total of 262 songs in Nashville including nine #1 country hits. His country fans arguably remained the most loyal to Elvis. The final two releases of his career “Way Down” and “Moody Blue” failed to crack the Top 20 on the pop/rock charts, but both went to #1 on the country chart. Elvis spent so much time in the city that he had his own place on Music Row for 13 years.
Gordon Stoker, member of the Nashville-based quartet, The Jordanaires, who sang back up for Elvis on nearly every recording session for 14 years said “Working at RCA Studio B with Elvis didn’t seem as hectic as when the Jordanaires recorded with him in New York or LA. Elvis seemed to be more relaxed and at ease in Studio B. That may have been because he was working with musicians, engineers and singers here that he shared a common background with. We were all mostly southern boys who grew up relatively poor. Plus, he loved the piano that was at Studio B.”
Now visitors will have a chance to stand in the studio where Elvis recorded more than 200 songs, stand on the stage where he performed for the Grand Ole Opry, see the 1960 Cadillac he drove, take part in a series of special events and experience for themselves not only the mark Elvis left on Music City, but also how Music City left its mark on Elvis.
Take an Elvis-Focused Tour of Nashville
Nashville played an important role in the King’s life. Come and see where Elvis performed and recorded some of the biggest hits of all time.
Tour the Ryman Auditorium and stand on the stage where Elvis made his first and only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1954. After Elvis sang the great Bill Monroe hit, “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Opry manager Jim Denny reported that Elvis was “not bad” but did not fit the program; therefore he was not invited back.
Ernest Tubb Record Store
Browse through the music bins at Ernest Tubb Record Store where Elvis performed at the Midnite Jamboree in the Texas Troubadour Theatre in 1954. He was a huge hit with the audience and with Ernest Tubb, whom Elvis reportedly told it was his real ambition to sing country music.
RCA Studio B
Tour RCA Studio B and sit at the piano that Elvis played for hundreds of hours over the course of the 13 years he recorded there. Elvis recorded more than 200 songs inside the intimate recording studio, including “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, “Little Sister”, “How Great Thou Art”, and “A Fool Such As I”.
Hatch Show Print
Visit Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest letter-press shops in the country, which was used as one of the main means of promotion for Elvis’ shows all over the country. See the original blocks used for Elvis’ shows and bills of sale signed by Elvis’s manager Colonel Parker, and browse and purchase re-prints of Elvis’ classic posters.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and see Elvis’ 1960 Cadillac and 1928 Kimball Grand Piano that are on display, in addition to his bronze plaque in the Hall of Fame Rotunda. Elvis became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
Music City Walk of Fame
Visit Walk of Fame Park and see Elvis’ commemorative sidewalk Star on display honoring his contribution to Nashville.
Spence Manor on 16th Avenue
Drive by the manor and see the top floor that Elvis occupied off and on for 13 years when he would be in town recording at Studio B.
Tribute To The King: Through The Years
Experience the live show “The Tribute to the King: Through The Years,” an Elvis impersonated performance in Music Valley that occurs on Mondays & Thursdays, March thru October in 2012.
Elvis Week at the Country Music Hall of Fame
In honor of the 35th anniversary of his death, experience the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum like never before with the new, complimentary Elvis and Country Music Visitor Guide. Explore the Museum’s hundreds of artifacts with new eyes and learn how they relate to the king, himself. His 1960 "Solid Gold" Cadillac, 1928 Kimball Grand Piano, archival footage of his landmark appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and more are currently on display!
Elvis and Country Music Visitor Guides are available with Museum admission at the Box Office.
Additionally, several special programs will take place throughout the week that are free with cost of museum admission.
• Saturday, August 11
Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print
Participants will pull a limited edition Elvis Presley postcard on a vintage letterpress, and also use block images to create their own Bakersfield Sound poster
• Saturday, August 11
Songs Fit for a King: Top Songwriters Remember Elvis
Legendary songwriters will tell stories about their original compositions that Elvis Presley recorded
• Sunday. August 12
Film Screening: Elvis: That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2001)
Filmed in 1970, this concert documentary follows a number of Elvis Presley rehearsals and performances, primarily at the International Hotel in Las Vegas
• Saturday, August 18
Interview: Chips Moman
Producer, songwriter, guitarist, and studio owner that produced Elvis Presley’s comeback hits—including “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” and “Kentucky Rain” in 1969
• Sunday, August 19
Slap Bass Demonstration: Joe Fick
Fick portrayed the role of Elvis’s bass player, Bill Black, in the 2006 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line.
• Sunday, August 19
Film Screening: Elvis ’56 (1987)
This documentary traces the meteoric rise of Elvis Presley in 1956, when the twenty-one-year-old singer went from regional acclaim in the South to full-fledged worldwide stardom
Nashville to Memphis Festival (August 7-10)
Finally, the week preceding Elvis Week Nashville will host the “Nashville to Memphis Festival,” a small intimate 4-day festival with 25 of America’s best Elvis Tribute artists. Tickets start at $85 and include two afternoon Elvis showcases in Nashville’s famed honky tonks, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Ryman Auditorium, special happy hours and late night karaoke. For more information go to http://nashvilletomemphis.blogspot.com/
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVB’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.