A sad day in Memphis…

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. And though we didn’t get to travel to Memphis this year for Elvis Week, Christine and I did sign up for a free three-day membership to Sirius Radio so we could listen to the live broadcast of the candlelight vigil last night from Graceland.

And let me tell ya, not a dry eye in our living room. I know it sounds crazy, but that candlelight vigil is way up there on our list of life-changing events. It was just beautiful, and even hearing it on the internet feed this year was awesome.

Not only could you hear the crowd singing along with the music on Elvis Presley Blvd., but they also took some time to interview fans, friends and even an ex-girlfriend of The King as well. Touching stuff, baby!

And since no Elvis Week celebration would be complete without some major Elvis announcements, this year’s celebration has two really cool Elvis-related surprises up their sleeve.

One, is the upcoming release of Elvis Presley’s first duets album, “Christmas Duets” featuring current stars like Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and Anne Murray — whose own Christmas album is one of our favorites! — singing along with Elvis’ old tracks. Hmmm…normally, I frown on this kind of thing, but hello, it’s Elvis. So it could be either really cool or really creepy. I’m hoping for more cool than creepy, but you never know…

And the other major announcement from Elvis Presley Enterprises is the upcoming release of a Graceland-approved Elvis and Priscilla Wedding Day Barbie set. Holy crap! Could anything be cooler than that? Two words: Amazon wish list. Actually, I think that’s three words…

In any case, just glad to have some new Elvis stuff to buy in the months to come. And with Lisa Marie rumored to be expecting twins sometime soon — bringing the grand total of Elvis grandkids to four! — wow…this really is a good week to be an Elvis fan. Long live “The King”!

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4 responses to “A sad day in Memphis…

  1. Let’s just hope that Lisa Marie isn’t one of the people singing on the Duets album with her father.

  2. yeti9000

    Wow…I take it you missed Lisa Marie’s rousing “duet” last year with her father on “In The Ghetto”? It was AWESOME!! Seriously…even a Lisa Marie hater like you would have liked it.

    Oh, and you know what’s even cooler about her possibly expecting twins? That means Elvis will soon have four grandkids! Odds are at least one of them will be able to sing, so, the Presley legacy continues! Yay! :)

  3. I agree, I think it is both cool and creepy that someone who is dead can sing with someone who is alive…I created a page of information about the new Christmas duets album on which you can leave your opinion about whether you think Elvis should be allowed to pick the people he duets with. I’d welcome your opinion. You can find it at http://www.squidoo.com/elvispresleychristmasduets.

    Brenda

  4. yeti9000

    Thanks for the link, Brenda! I totally voted for the Anne Murray and Elvis duet as the one I was most looking forward to hearing. Seriously, the idea of the two of them together on a Christmas song is kind of like Christmas album nirvana!

    We can’t wait to hear it!!

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