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Episode #20 - Thursday, May 29, 2014

In this week's Graceland podcast, Elvis Presley Enterprises' Steven Gibbs and Amanda Pannell talk Elvis Week and feature a special interview with recently announced guest Joe Moscheo. First, we give fans an update on our soon-to-be released Elvis Week app including features such as creating your own schedule, maps around Memphis, our virtual candle and much more! We also talk about the new Elvis A Cappella performances taking place during Elvis Week and our take on some of their practice performances. We wrap up this week's podcast with an interview from Joe Moscheo where he talks about how Elvis' Imperials were formed and Elvis' love of gospel music. Recently retired from Elvis’ Imperials, he will return to Elvis Week for a special on-stage guest appearance as well as join Terry Blackwood and The Imperials on Saturday, August 16, for a farewell performance during the screening of "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" at the Orpheum.

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Episode #19 - Thursday, May 22, 2014

In this week's Graceland podcast, Elvis Presley Enterprises' Steven Gibbs and Amanda Pannell talk about all of the exciting Elvis news taking place here at Graceland around the world. First, we kick off the podcast celebrating the 50th Anniversary of "Viva Las Vegas" - Elvis' highest grossing film. In celebration, we shared the movie trailer on our social media platforms and named Elvis' co-star Ann-Margret as our featured #60Years artist! We also look at a brand new "Viva Las Vegas" 50th Anniversary Premium Digibook from Warner Bros. which will be available beginning August 12. In addition, we talk about upcoming Elvis festivals, including Elvis Week 2014! We've recently announced Joe Moscheo as a featured guest who will be giving his farewell performance at the world-premiere of "Elvis: That's The Way It is" at the Memphis Orpheum on August 16. Also, we are getting excited about our new Elvis A Cappella Shows taking place during Elvis Week. We wrap up this week's podcast with Elvis sightings on popular television shows such as "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars" and "The Voice." In addition, you can check out the new Heineken ad featuring Elvis' "Bossa Nova Baby."

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Episode #18 - Thursday, May 8, 2014

In this week's Graceland podcast, Elvis Presley Enterprises' Alicia Dean and Kevin Kern talk about all of the latest Elvis news here at Graceland and around the world. First we look at some recent guests who toured Elvis Presley's Graceland last week, including some headliners at this year's Beale Street Music Festival. We also look at today's featured artist in our countdown to 60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll. Podcast listeners can hear an exclusive and rare audio clip of DJ Dewey Phillips - the first to play Elvis' "That's All Right" on his WHBQ "Red, Hot & Blue" radio show in July of 1954. In the clip, he talks about Elvis and how excited fans were to get an autograph. After airing Elvis Presley's first single on July 8, 1954, the switchboard lit up with requests. Phillips played the song on repeat for the remaining two hours of his show, while interviewing the shy 19-year-old Elvis. In addition, listeners can also check out a new article in PARADE Magazine featuring Elvis' hand-written letter to President Richard Nixon and find out more about purchasing tickets to Elvis Week 2014. The podcast duo talk about some new exciting events and the much-anticipated live performance from American Sound Studio's house band - The Memphis Boys.

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Episode #17 - Thursday, May 1, 2014

In this week's Graceland podcast, Elvis Presley Enterprises' Alicia Dean and Kevin Kern talk about Elvis Week 2014 tickets now available to the general public. The duo share details about the new Elvis A Cappella Shows - a 60-minute Elvis show featuring some of the country’s top a cappella groups - Kentucky's Acoustikats, Florida State University's All-Night Yahtzee, The James Madison University BluesTones, the Vanderbilt Melodores, and Memphis' own Briarcrest OneVoice. We also talk about a new hotel being built here at Graceland and share some details around the recent announcement. Fans can also learn more about helping Elvis' birth town of Tupelo, MS - where a recent tornado destroyed the northern part of the city. The podcast team looks at some new additions now on display at Graceland. In appreciation for the millions of dollars in relief following the east Japan earthquake, Motohiko Kato, Consul General of Japan in Nashville, along with a Japanese delegation, demonstrated their appreciation to Memphis by offering a gift of three Somei Yoshino Cherry Trees from Japan. Also, hear more about a recent visit from rock band The Zombies and how Graceland continues to root for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2014 NBA Play Offs.

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