Elvis Week Begins Tuesday in Memphis

Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of Elvis Presley’s death, begins Tuesday (Aug. 9) in Memphis, Tenn. British musician Pete Best (the Beatles’ original drummer) and several rockabilly artists will kick off the week with a concert at Levitt Shell in Overton Park, where Presley performed in 1954. Other activities will include a tribute artist contest, riverboat cruise, 5K run, gospel singing, memorial service and candlelight vigil. In addition, Elvis Presley Live: The King in Concert at the Orpheum theater will feature Presley’s vocals from the film, Elvis: That’s the Way It Is, accompanied on stage by a band and harmony singers. Elvis Week guests will include Presley’s musical director Joe Guercio and guitarist John Wilkinson, biographer Peter Guralnick, longtime friend George Klein and photographer Alfred Wertheimer. Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977.