Friday, January 08, 2010
Elvis at 75
Elvis fans are all shook up for the King's 75th birthday
Elvis Presley would have been celebrating his 75th birthday today, and even though Elvis died over 30 years ago, fans are celebrating his birthday today with gusto. Graceland has an entire weekend of activities planned for the King's birthday including the opening of a new exhibit, but that isn't the only location Elvis fans are converging to celebrate. Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis' birthplace, is expecting a swell of visitors to the 15 acres they have made into a museum that includes his childhood home. Folks in Greenwich Village will be serving fried peanut butter with sliced banana sandwiches, and Elvis fan clubs from London to Paris to Tokyo will be hosting birthday events all weekend. In Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, fans are flocking to the annual festival celebrating Elvis' birthday aboard the Elvis Express, a train from Sydney to Parkes dedicated to the event. Activities here include the standard Elvis impersonators as well as impersonators of his wife Priscilla. Ten thousand people are expected to attend this year and while they are there they can enjoy dozens of concerts, Elvis look-a-like contests, an Elvis themed gospel church, and a street parade. For those fans who may want to celebrate with a little less polyester, a little more art - both the Grammy Museum in LA and the National Portrait Gallery are hosting wonderful Elvis exhibitions.
The first link will take users to a piece from the Washington Post that discusses Elvis' birthday and the museum dedicated to him in Tupelo, Mississippi. The second link will take users to an article from Voice of America news that reports on the Elvis celebration happening in Parkes, New South Wales. The third is an interview by the LA Times' Randy Lewis of photographer Al Wertheimer, which discusses the "Elvis at 21" exhibit of his photos currently at the Grammy Museum. The fourth link, also from the LA Times, leads to a selection of Wertheimer's photos from the exhibit. The fifth link will take users to a fun feature from NPR which had staffers choose their favorite Elvis song and describe why they chose that particular song; each NPR staff selection also provides the song in question for the visitor's listening pleasure. The sixth link leads to the homepage for the National Portrait Gallery's "Echoes of Elvis" exhibition, which highlights how the image of Elvis became a visual icon, portrayed in almost every form and medium possible. Last, for those user's who can't attend any of the events celebrating Elvis' birthday, a link to the Pocket Elvis application for their iPhone is provided. This app allows users to choose from more than 150 Elvis phrases performed by Elvis impersonator Mitch Benn.
Elvis fans mark 75th birthday at his beginning
Elvis Fans Flock to Australian Outback for Annual Festival
Elvis, the young King
Selections from "Elvis at 21": Photographs by Al Wertheimer
Elvis Presley at 75: Songs We Love
National Portrait Gallery: Echoes of Elvis
Pocket Elvis for the iPhone
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Happy Birthday to Rachel Ayers and Carla Bourne. May the King be present for you today!