In search of the King

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 14th 2009 1039 0

It’s Elvis Week in Memphis*, so I hit the streets yesterday afternoon to try to find the King.

The first people I ran into were the super friendly Alison and Lisa from Nebraska. They were planning to go to the tribute artist finals to support Joseph Hall.

I wandered down to Beale Street thinking that for sure I could spot the King. As I turned the corner, there he was standing next to Silky O’ Sullivan and a police officer, chatting on a cell phone. While we waited for him to finish his call, Silky showed me a replica of Elvis’s diploma from Humes High.

Elvis wrapped up his call and was kind enough to pose for a picture with me.

Notice the priestly collar and cross necklace – this charming British Elvis is the Bishop of Beale Street.

I’m hoping to head out today to meet more Elvis fans – if you’re in town for Elvis week and planning to be downtown this afternoon, leave a comment for me and I’ll try to find you.

*In Memphis, one Elvis week isn’t good enough. We have two – one celebrating the anniversary of the king’s birth and one on the anniversary of his death.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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