HOLLYWOOD—Yesterday, marked Elvis Presley’s 84th birthday, and fans from all over the world were in Memphis celebrating. Now, this is making it in the music industry, that fans continue to gather in Memphis decades after his death. A special ceremony was held outside of Graceland featuring a special birthday cake, decorated with everything Elvis.
Fans were excited to hear about plans for a Graceland sound stage, for even more entertainment when they come to visit. According to the spokesperson for Elvis Presley Enterprises, they have 80,000 square-foot exhibition space. After the party, fans and collectors have been able to take part in an on-site and online auction featuring several items, like concert memorabilia, clothing and jewelry worn by the king of rock and roll.
Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction at the Guest House Graceland netted more than $600,000 on January 8, on what would have been his 84th birthday. The Guest House is a hotel located step from the Graceland home, where the singer lived in Memphis. Graceland says a red velvet shirt likely worn on stage by Presley at a 1956 show in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he was born sold for $37,000. A gold and diamond ring that Presley wore on stage and gave to his father sold for $30,000.
A ring he also gave to singer J.D. Sumner sold for $22,500. A winter ski jacket and a “Love Me Tender” theater lobby standee were also sold. Presley died in Memphis in 1977 at the tender age of 42. While conspiracy theories have arisen since his death, those rumors simple serve as a way for may die-hard Elvis fans to fill the gap that the King left in all our hearts. He broke into the music scene in the mid-50s with his debut single “Heartbreak Hotel.” His southern charm and good looks quickly turned him into America’s heartthrob.
He also stood up for the civil rights of African Americans in the Jim Crow south, while reaching out to President Nixon to fight the drug epidemic that ultimately claimed his own life. Elvis had done his stint in the military during the early stages of the Vietnam War as a private in the U.S. Army after being selected in the draft. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump in 2018. Elvis joined a lengthy list of musical stars to be awarded the medal, including Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder.
Explaining the posthumous award, the White House said: “Presley defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world.” Fusing gospel, country and rhythm and blues, the star had created “a sound all his own.” While he was an idol, he was not perfect. He faced many hardships throughout his short life, from struggling from the death of his mother, which they were very close, to the divorce, and even his dependency to prescription drugs. Towards the end of his life, he struggled with his weight, just like many of us. In so many ways, the triumph and tragedy of Elvis’ life represented the tumultuous time period America was facing throughout the 60s and 70s. The King of Rock and Roll was truly one of a kind. His cultural impact transcended his music. They’ll never be another like him, that’s for sure.
There are many singers out there, only a hand full of them really stand out, anyone can reach the top, the question is can you really stay there? Take Susan Boyle, a one of a kind voice. She rose to fame on “Britain’s Got Talent,” but her recent appearance on “America’s Got Talent” has got everyone talking about her. Even those that don’t have a clue in the music industry. She performed her cover of “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions on January 7.”
Boyle received the show’s highest accolade when Judge Mel B pressed her golden buzzer to put the singer straight through to the finals. The Spice Girls star described Boyle’s voice as “angelic.” Boyle, 57, came second on Simon Cowell’s “Britain’s Got Talent” back in 2009, behind winning dance group Diversity. Her first audition, a rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables,” famously stunned the audience and judges alike. Since the show, the West Lothian singer has sold more than 20 million albums and obtained two Grammy nominations. Now, that’s making it big in the music industry. This was her comeback, since her last album, “A Wonderful World,” was released in 2016.
Rose’s Scoop: Let’s see what happens at the 2019 Oscars, that they are saying will be host-less. Who knows, it may just work or not!