The Hunka Hunka Burning Guide: What To Know This Elvis Week and Beyond

August 14, 2012 | By | Comments (11)

6a00e55147c2598834012876ba559d970c 320wi The Hunka Hunka Burning Guide: What To Know This Elvis Week and Beyond Though he’s been gone for 35 years this week, Elvis is still the King.

(Seriously, stop by the office of a certain Southern Living editor and you’re likely to get a treatise on the long-lasting impact of Elvis Aaron Presley. And maybe a peanut butter and banana sandwich.)

In honor of Elvis Week 2012, here’s a cheat sheet for what’s happening these days when it comes to one of the South’s most celebrated icons:

1. This year’s Elvis Week is expected to be the biggest ever. Can’t make it to Memphis? Follow along on social. The Twitter hashtag is #Elvisweek, and Instagram #Elvisweek. And download the free Elvis Week app, which has a news feed and a virtual candle so you can participate in the annual candlelight vigil on August 15.

2. Elvis’ birthplace (Tupelo, Mississippi) is undergoing a $6.3 million expansion. The first phase of the improvements were unveiled last week,  including a new 126-seat indoor theater and 75-seat amphitheater.

3. Improvements to Elvis Presley Blvd. are underway, making the road to Graceland a little easier for travelers and locals alike.

4. A 40th anniversary box set commemorating Elvis’ 1972 Madison Square Garden concerts will be released in October.  The reissued box set will include recently discovered, unseen footage from the concerts. (The film will premier this Friday in Memphis during Elvis Week.)

5. A new documentary called Duke and The King  that explores the life of one of Elvis’ band members will screen at Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival. In the film, Southern filmmakers Wayne Franklin and Kris Wheeler tell the story of bassist Duke Bardwell, a Louisiana native who played with the King in the mid-70s.

Can’t get enough of The King? Turn up one of our favorites and share with us: Why do you love Elvis? 

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    August 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm
  2. Erin Shaw Street

    We’re looking forward to seeing Duke & The King at Sidewalk. Thank you for your comment … thank you very much!

    August 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm
  3. Gabe

    Oooo Elvis Week! Good to know! I will be putting some Elvis tunes in my Spin class mix for tomorrow! Thanks!

    August 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm
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  5. Beth

    What was there not to love? My Momma was the biggest Elvis fan. I was about 7 or 8 when the Blue Hawaii concert was televised and my Momma made my sister and I watch it in our bedroom so as not to disturb her watching in the living room!!!! Video clips from that concert still get me excited!

    August 15, 2012 at 10:40 am
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  7. Sylvia VanKirk

    The best music maker : grew up loving Elvis and his music my mom was a Elvis Fan i went to Elvis’s concert in Fort Wayne In. Oct. 1977 he went to Indy after that I think that was his last concert. Been to graceland many times.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm
  8. Erin Shaw Street

    Beth and Sylvia, thanks for sharing those memories. Gabe, bet that was a fun spin class! Long live The King …

    August 18, 2012 at 9:31 am
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