Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

August 16, 2012

The King is dead, but fans live on locally

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Listening to the radio while getting ready for work Thursday morning, I heard two songs, back to back, by the King of Rock n’ Roll.

I thought to myself, it must be Elvis Week. I’m glad I’m not in Memphis.

Elvis Week actually began last Friday and will conclude Saturday. It is the event that commemorates the King of Rock N’ Roll’s death. Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977, at Graceland, the mansion where he lived in Memphis.

Millions of people trek to Memphis each year to take part in a variety of events all relating to the King of Rock N’ Roll during Elvis Week. Many will tour Graceland.  

While I’ve never been to Memphis during Elvis Week, I have been to Graceland.

I toured the mansion in 1981 at 14 with my parents while on a family vacation.

Yes, I saw the custom-made white couch in the living room, the 24K gold leaf piano, the billiards room with all four walls and ceiling covered in bright-colored fabric to reduce noise, the basement with one of the walls featuring the letters “TCB,” which stands for Taking Care of Business and was the name of a group of musicians who made up the core group of the star’s band and of course, the Jungle Room.

 

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