Happy Birthday, Elvis! It’s the King’s 80th Birthday This Week

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 5th 2015 1536 3

We can't get away with just one Elvis Week in Memphis. There's the big Elvis Week in August commemorating the King's passing, and a slightly chiller Elvis "Week" for his birthday on January 8. 

Graceland has events planned to celebrate Elvis' 80th Birthday this week. Go here for the full schedule, or take a quick look at event highlights below. Go here for tickets to these events.

Later this week, I'll have more ideas for how to celebrate. 

Elvis Statue, Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.a

Wednesday, January 7th:

– D&N's and Elvis Meetup's Gospel Tribute
11:59 p.m. at Graceland Gates. Two fan clubs sing familiar gospel songs and "Happy Birthday" to Elvis at midnight; fans are invited to join in.

Thursday, January 8th:

– Birthday Proclamation, Cake, and Conversations
At 9:30 a.m. on Graceland's North Lawn, Priscilla Presley will preside over a birthday cake cutting and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by city and county officials. You can watch the live stream here. At 10:30 a.m., free coffee and cake will be served at the Chrome Grill. At 1 p.m. at the Memphis Airport Holiday Inn, several speakers who knew Elvis will give a talk. Tickets are $20.

– The Auction at Graceland
At 7 p.m., 68 authenticated artifacts will be auctioned off.

– Elvis Birthday Dance Party
From 8 p.m. to midnight, DJ Argo from Sirus XM Elvis Radio will host a dance party at the Memphis Airport Holiday Inn. Tickets are $25.

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Friday, January 9th:

– Fan Club President's Event
From 10 a.m. to noon, presidents of Elvis Fan Clubs from around the world with gather with special guests. The general public can attend for $15.

– Elvis Movies at The Orpheum
The Orpheum is showing a double feature of Elvis movie favorites, Jailhouse Rock and Viva La Vegas, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Saturday, January 10th

– Hound Dog Tour by Backbeat Tours
Meet at the Backbeat Tours ticket window at BB King's (143 Beale St.) for a musical tour of all the Elvis sites around town, i.e Sun Studio, Overton Park Shell, Lansky Bros., Memphian Theatre, and more. Opt for a longer tour that also goes to Lauderdale Courts, where Elvis lived with his parents. Tickets are $16 – $47. Go here to check times.

– Tribute To Elvis: Birthday Celebration
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs Elvis' biggest hits at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center. Tickets are $5 – $85 through the MSO website.

Also during Elvis Week, you can walk up to the Meditation Garden at Graceland for free from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. daily and from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on January 8, 9, and 10. If you want to learn more about The Guest House at Graceland hotel, which is scheduled to open in late 2015, you can stop by the Showroom at Graceland Crossing daily from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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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  1. Willis keeney says:

    Happy birthday Elvis miss you

  2. STEPHANIE BREEZE says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I HAVE BEEN YOUR BIGGEST FAN SINCE I WAS 14+now I.m 47

  3. lisa marie broom says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIVS FROM YOUR FAN IN CARLISLE

  4. jemma young says:

    Happy birthday the king lives on dont think u will ever stop ur fan from belfast

  5. jeanette ingram says:

    Still very much missed. Love him forever xx

  6. Mike says:

    Happy Birthday king ! I was 6 when you left the building and I cried for a long time.Still singing your songs and watching your films .The Memthis Flash will never die ! 

  7. Marina Appel says:

    Happy Birthday Elvis Presley. We sure miss and love you. Always in our hearts and mind.

  8. Gaye Pointon says:

    Happy 80 th birthday to the one and only King Elvis

  9. Shirley Nistler says:

    Happy 80th Birthday Elvis! Love your gospel CD's! You Will live on forever in the hearts of all your fans!

  10. Neat! Elvis events at the Orpheum are a lot of fun!

  11. Happy birthday Elvis..you are still the king..

  12. lyn sagrott says:

    A BIG HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY ELVIS X

  13. Robin & Tom Elliott says:

    Happy birthday Elvis. He will always be king. 

  14. Carla Poling says:

    Happy Birthday Elvis King of Rock & Roll past at 42. We miss you!

  15. arline says:

    Today is a day of celebration, you toil for decades today, descendants gathered to share their grandchildren, I wish you a life and days together, and wish for a better tomorrow! 

     

  16. bilkis says:

    Happy birthday, dear mother, I hope you can understand our hearts love happy birthday, Mom, I really want to have the language to express our gratitude to you daily housework, and give us help. May you always be happy and healthy in the years to come! 

  17. Marilyn M Hahn says:

    It is Elvis’ 81st birthday!

  18. Jeffrey ,Mary Ann Witt says:

    Dear Sirs:
    I hope that ecverybody in the
    United States of America will
    declair Jan 8th as(Elvis Presley
    Day),my wife and watched The
    Ed Sullivam n in 1956 ,when
    he intrduced Elvis Preslwey, that
    Sunday night!
    We grew up with him in 1950′,1860’s
    1970’s.H e was The King of Rock ‘nRoll!
    He really made history?He went int the
    Army.He made Sargent? He was stationed
    in Berlin,Germany> He did a lot of good
    things for People1He Made his secound
    apperence ON The Ed Sukllivan Show,
    He did a special from Hawaii on NBC.
    He did a comback show called Elvis
    for NBC.
    Then Frank SInatra called Welcome
    Home Elvis.Elvis made history! I really think
    we shoiuld homor the man’s memory ,by
    declaitng hid birthday a national Holiday,
    My wife and i are loyal fans of his time,
    He is the King1 Long Live ,The King of
    Rock ‘nRRoll!

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