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Happy Birthday, Elvis

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Music fans from around the world traveled to Elvis Presley’s beloved home Graceland® in January to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s™ birthday. While a number of events were scheduled, the Elvis Presley™ Birthday Proclamation Ceremony was a highlight, which includes a cake cutting ceremony on the front lawn of Graceland.

This birthday celebration at Graceland will also kick-off a year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Elvis’ breakout year in music, film and television. In January 1956, Elvis’ first gold record, “Heartbreak Hotel” was released and by April had sold 1 million copies. He ended the year with 2 million-selling albums. He made his national television debut on The Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show on CBS that same year and went on to appear on network television 11 times that year, including his legendary performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He also starred in his first movie, “Love Me Tender,” and signed a seven-year film contract with Paramount Pictures.

Graceland’s new Hollywood VIP exhibit, “Elvis in Hollywood: From Teen Idol to Leading Man,” opened and continues the 60th anniversary celebration by highlighting Elvis Presley’s time on the silver screen. The exhibit will feature artifacts from Hollywood blockbusters such as “Love Me Tender” (1956), “Loving You” (1957) and “Viva Las Vegas” (1964) to tell the story of how Elvis transitioned from groundbreaking music artist to Hollywood’s highest-paid actor. Additional artifacts include wardrobe; personal scripts (with his handwritten notes); rare, behind-the- scenes photos; and a variety of other Elvis movie memorabilia.