8 Ways to Celebrate Elvis’ 80th Birthday

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 7th 2015 7435 0

If Elvis was alive, he would be 80 years old tomorrow. Whether you're a card-carrying Elvis fan club member or just like an excuse to enjoy a special day, here are eight ways to honor the King's birthday on January 8.

1. Get some Elvis-inspired treats
Even if you're a Memphian suffering from Elvis overload, you can appreciate this one. (If you're a business doing anything special for Elvis' birthday this week or month, leave a comment or Tweet at me.)

Frost Bake Shop Memphis Cream Cake cupcakes
Memphis Cream Cake cupcakes are $1 on January 8th at Frost!

Frost Bake Shop (in Laurelwood Shopping Center) will offer two specials on Jan. 8. Their delicious Memphis Cream Cake (banana cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache) will be $25 (normally $38) and their Memphis Cream Cupcakes will be on sale for $1 (normally $2). 

Muddys Hunka Burnin Love Cookies
Hunka Chunka Burnin' Love cookies. I've had them before, and they're seriously good, y'all.

Muddy's Bake Shop (Sanderlin Shopping Center) and Muddy's Grind House (585 Cooper St.) will have two Elvis-inspired treats on the 8th, The King cupcake (banana-peanut butter) and the Hunka Chunka Burnin' Love chocolate cayenne cookie. Anybody dressed as Elvis will get a free treat!

Eighty3 at the Madison Hotel (83 Madison Ave.) is offering lunch specials periodically through the month, like Elvis waffles with peanut butter sauce and bacon. They also have a special Eat, Drink, & Sleep Like The King package from Jan. 8-31. If you book a room this month, you get an $80 food and drink credit to Eighty3, Twilight Sky Terrace, or room service. 

2. Go to the Elvis Movie Double Feature at the Orpheum Theatre
As part of Graceland's official Elvis birthday events, the Orpheum is doing a double feature on Friday night, Jan. 9. They're showing Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. 

3. Eat Elvis' Favorite Sandwich (or a version of it)
Here's a post about a bacon banana peanut butter sandwich that's super easy to make. If you want more Elvis-inspired things to eat, you can also try the "Elvis Dog" at Blues City Hot Dogs (bacon wrapped and served in a pancake with syrup). The Arcade is going to be pretty crowded this week, but that's a great place to eat where the Elvis had his breakfast. 

4. Listen to Elvis Music
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs Elvis' biggest hits at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center on Saturday. Tickets are $5 – $85 through the MSO website. Or, you can find your favorite Elvis song (mine is "Suspicious Minds") on the Elvis Spotify station. Click here to listen.

5. Take Your Picture With Elvis

holly and corey klein as elvis
Me and "Elvis" last May 

If you're downtown, stop by the statue on Beale between 2nd and Main for a photo opp with Elvis. Bonus points if you post it online tag it #ilovememphis or #happybirthdayElvis so I can share it on Twitter or Instagram. Bonus BONUS points if you take a picture dressed as Elvis/with an Elvis tribute artist/visitor dressed as Elvis.

6. Drop A Quarter in the Elvis Shrine at Goner Records

Elvis Shrine, Goner Records, Memphis, Tenn.
The shrine lives in a corner near the counter at Goner Records (2125 Young Ave). It's lit from above by the primary colored light of a disco ball, and the hand-painted King of Rock 'n' Roll is outlined in twinkle lights. Drop in a quarter for the full benediction.

7. Check out the newest Lansky Bros. location at 126 Beale Street

lansky brothers clothier to the king
Lanksy Bros., the family business that dressed Elvis, still has their locations inside the Peabody Hotel, but the newest location is where their original store was on Beale Street. There is plenty of rock 'n' roll-inspired attire and even some blue suede shoes, but I really dig their selection of Memphis and band t-shirts.

8. Visit Sun Studio

Sun Studio, Memphis, Tenn.
I'm not even going to put Graceland on this list because that's just too obvious, but if you've lived in Memphis for any length of time and you haven't visited Sun Studio yet, make a plan to get there. The tour guides are some of the best around (Amy LaVere was a tour guide for several years) and the milkshakes are pretty great, too

Happy Birthday Elvis!

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  1. Hi Holly, 

    I have created portraits of Elvis that won awards like Best of Show at Graceland and sell embellished giclee's of them. Actually Schwabs carries them as well. I also was commissioned by the Blues Ball in 2009 to do an Elvis Gibson. "Don't Be Cruel", sepia pencil and collage resulted in a bidding war at the ball. How exciting! I am holding onto one large original, "That's All Right Mama", pastel on paper, 30" by 44" for the proper collector. You can see these images on my facebook page, Jeanne Elizabeth Reynolds as I posted them yesterday. Thank you and keep up the GREAT work!!


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