Elvis Still Draws Crowd 33 Years After Death

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Posted August 16, 2010 by Jeff Prince in Music

Fans are enduring hunka hunka burning temperatures in Memphis to honor the 33rd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death at Graceland.

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But wait until tomorrow if you really want to commune with the king.

Thirteen years ago I was driving to Huntsville, Alabama and passed through Memphis on a Monday afternoon. I’d never been to Graceland and decided to give it a visit.

The place was barren. I bought a ticket, took a leisurely tour, and got to spend as much time in each room as I wanted without worrying about holding up a line of people. It was great. I stayed three hours, strolled the grounds, sat a long time in the garden, enjoyed every minute, and left feeling completely relaxed. It was a spiritual experience. I never could have gotten to that state of mind if a hundred people had been jostling around me.

On my way out, I told a staffer how much I’d enjoyed the tour and the solitude.

“Where is everybody?” I asked.

“There were tons of people here this weekend for the 20th anniversary of Elvis’ death; they’ve all gone home,” the man said.

So, with that as my guide, I would say tomorrow at 1 p.m. would be a perfect time to visit Graceland if you want solitude.


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