A Danish Elvis Presley museum has been forced to rebrand after a legal challenge over its use of the name of the singer’s Graceland home.
Graceland Randers, which opened in 2011 in the town of Randers, will now be known as the Memphis Mansion.
The building is a replica of Elvis Presley’s Memphis home, but is twice the size to house a shop and restaurant.
Henrik Knudsen, who runs the Danish attraction, said Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc demanded a name change.
He said the company also sought 1.5 million kroner in compensation for the infringement of the Graceland name.
Henrik Knudsen opened Graceland Randers in 2011 and put almost 6,000 Elvis items, from guitars and letters to clothes, on display.
In a statement, he said: “Pending the case, we have chosen to change the name… namely to Memphis Mansion!
“It has been very difficult to find a new name, which covered the we stand for. But we believe Memphis Mansion says it all. We also hope our customers and friends of the house will welcome our new name.”
Reports that the museum would have to close because of the lawsuit were incorrect, Henrik Knudsen added. More than 130,000 people visited the museum in 2015.
Elvis Presley’s first recording ever made has sold at a Graceland auction for $300,000.
An unnamed buyer placed the winning bid online for the 78 rpm recording of My Happiness, the first time it has come up for public sale.
The auction was held at Elvis Presley’s former home Graceland on what would have been his 80th birthday.
Elvis Presley recorded My Happiness in 1953 when he was 18-years-old.
He wanted to find out what his voice sounded like on record and paid $4 for the session to record My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin onto acetate.
Elis Presley was said to have made the recording partly as a present for his mother.
But the family did not have a record player, so he took it to his friend Ed Leek’s house to listen to the results of the session and left it there.
Ed Leek kept the record in a safe for 60 years and after he and his wife died their niece Lorisa Hilburn inherited it.
Lorisa Hilburn from Florida was surprised but “very happy” with how much the record sold for.
“There was adrenaline beforehand … but when it was over, I was numb,” she said.
“It was surreal.”
Lorisa Hilburn plans to use some of the money to put her sons through college.
Other items in the auction included Elvis Presley’s first driving license, scarves worn by Elvis Presley at concerts and gold necklaces with the initials TCB – short for the slogan Taking Care of Business.
Before the auction Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley hosted a cake-cutting ceremony to mark what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday.
Fans around the world have also taken part in birthday events, including a five day festival in Sydney, Australia.
Elvis Presley’s private jets – the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II – are going up for auction.
The Lisa Marie, named after his daughter, was bought by Elvis Presley in 1975 and refurbished to include a master suite with full-size bed and conference room.
Neither plane is airworthy but has been on display at Graceland for more than 30 years for fans to tour.
They are being auctioned off by Julien’s by sealed bids.
Elvis Presley bought the Convair 880 jet in 1975, two years before his death, and spent about $300,000, refitting it and renaming the Lisa Marie. It also features a bathroom with gold taps and a stereo system with 50 speakers.
The tail is adorned with Elvis Presley’s trademark TCB for Taking Care of Business.
The last flight it took was to transport his former wife Priscilla Presley and actor George Hamilton to his funeral.
It was sold by his father, Vernon, in 1978, and had two owners before being bought by a consortium in a joint venture with the owners of Graceland to allow it to be displayed at the tourist hotspot.
The agreement with the owners and Graceland expires in 2015.
The Hound Dog II, a Lockheed JetStar, was bought in 1975 as a stopgap while the Lisa Marie was being prepared. It arrived at Graceland in 1984.
The planes are being sold as one lot, with the option to buy land next to Graceland to display them, independent of the Presley Museum.
Elvis Presley’s first recording is to be sold at an auction in Memphis.
In June 1953, an 18-year-old Elvis Presley went to the Memphis Recording Service to record My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin onto acetate.
He wanted to find out what his voice sounded like on record and paid $4 for the session.
Elvis Presley returned to record sessions for Sun Records the following year and went on to become the “king of rock ‘n’ roll”. The auction will take place in January.
Elvis Presley’s first recording is to be sold at an auction in Memphis
It will be one of 68 rare artifacts to be auctioned at his former home of Graceland in Memphis.
The announcement from Graceland described the record as “part of the <<Holy Grail>> of artifacts in rock ‘n’ roll history”.
Elvis Presley was said to have made the recording partly as a present for his mother.
But the family did not have a record player, so he took it to a friend’s house to listen to the results of the session and left it there.
This will be the first time it has come up for public sale.
The other items in the auction will include Elvis’ driving license, issued in 1952, a 1955 contract to perform on the Louisiana Hayride radio and TV programs and a jacket worn in the film Viva Las Vegas.
The auction will take place on January 8, what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday. The items have not been given estimated values.
Elvis Presley fans from as far as Japan and Brazil gathered Tuesday in Memphis to sing ”Happy Birthday” to the late rock ‘n’ roll legend on the day he would have turned 78.
Hundreds of Elvis Presley devotees watched as 13-year-old Isabella Scott cut a birthday cake on the lawn at Graceland, the singer’s longtime Memphis home. Scott, of Bonifay, Florida, heads an Internet-based Elvis fan club with more than 2,000 members.
The mayors of Memphis and Shelby County also read a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day during the ceremony, which was attended by fans from Brazil, England, France, Japan, Spain and the U.S.
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He was 42 when he died August 16, 1977.
Elvis Presley recorded his first song That’s All Right at Sun Studio in Memphis in 1954 and made the West Tennessee city his primary home until his death.
Elvis Presley fans from as far as Japan and Brazil gathered Tuesday in Memphis on the day he would have turned 78
“Like coffee and cream, grits and gravy, peanut butter and bananas … Memphis and Elvis is a combination that was just meant to be,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the crowd.
Fans have been celebrating since Saturday, when The Memphis Symphony Orchestra presented a concert commemorating the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s landmark Aloha from Hawaii show.
A new exhibit about Elvis Presley’s movies and concerts in Hawaii opened Tuesday at the Graceland tourist attraction, which is across the street from the mansion.
Elvis Presley’s crypt, in which the artist was first buried, has been withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine.
More than 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.
Julien’s Auctions said it would not sell the crypt until the cemetery “finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis”.
The crypt has been empty since 1977.
Elvis Presley’s crypt, in which the artist was first buried, has been withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine
Elvis Presley was temporarily interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, for two months after he died before being reburied at his Graceland home.
Fans argued on the Elvis Matters website: “Can you imagine visiting the crypt and spend a few moments of silence, while an unknown is buried there? If the crypt is still accessible for fans, that is.”
With bids starting at $100,000 the lot was to include the crypt itself, the right to open and close the vault for a burial, a memorial inscription and the use of Forest Hill Cemetery’s chapel for a service.
The sale had been due to take place on Sunday.
Fans will still be able to buy other Elvis memorabilia however – the singer’s personal telephone, medallion and X-ray of a karate injury are among other items under the hammer.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mic” aliniat=”drapta”] The previous week (from August 9 through August 16) was “Elvis Week” 2011, anevent that commemorates Elvis Presley’s death on August 16, 1977, at 42.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”dreapta”]
This annual celebration has begun in 1982 when Graceland estate has been opened to visitors. Since then hundreds thousands of persons have travelled there.
Thousands of people went to Memphis on Monday to attend a midnight candlelight vigil, the keystone of “Elvis Week”, at Graceland.
About 20,000 fans from all over the world (including England, Germany, Japan) flocked together at Elvis Presley‘s home. They processed through the familiy cemetery. At the meditation garden, they kneeled, or quietly sang, they left flowers or others tributes on the King’s graveyard. “The Twelfth of Never” (by Johnny Mathis), was the theme song for this year, signifying the unceasing love for the King of Rock and Roll.
Kevin Kern read a message from Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley‘s daughter:
“Dear Friends, thank you so much for being here and continuing to honor the legacy of my father. Your ongoing love and support mean very much to me and my family. My father always said he had the best fans in the world, and he was right. The fact that you are here to celebrate his life 34 years after his passing is a testament to that. I hope you’ve enjoyed our new exhibits at Graceland and I look forward to being involved personally with a very special exhibit called ‘Elvis Through His Daughter’s Eyes’ opening in the Spring of next year. Before we know it, it will be Elvis Week 2012, which as you all know as the 35th anniversary will be special time. I look forward to being there with you, my mother and entire family.
Thank you all and I’ll see you next August.”
Fifty five years passed since the first two Elvis Presley‘s albums were released.[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Elvis Presley in Las Vegas 1971
The music producer Ernst Jorgensen launched a five-CD RCA/Legacy box set “Young Man With the Big Beat” on Monday at Graceland to celebrate the King’s breakout year. The CDs feature interviews, remastered rare live recordings, unpublished live songs, recording-session outtakes.
In 1956 Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right, Mama” (1946 blues number, Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right”, turned later into a professional platter) set the teen-agers on fire. “Heartbreak Hotel “, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” were some of the song which Elvis interpretation made to reach the top of audience.”Bossa Nova Baby” hit the top in 1963.
“In the Ghetto”, issued in 1969, reached number three on the pop chart. Another hit singles were “Suspicious Minds”, “Don’t Cry Daddy”, “Kentucky Rain”.
In 1970, “The Wonder of You” was released and it was a number one in UK and on top in US.
Unfortunately, in his late years Elvis has suffered from glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, and an enlarged colon, a possibly caused, and aggravated by barbiturates and Demerol addiction.
On August 16, 1977 he was found unconscious on his bathroom floor. Elvis Presley was officially pronounced dead at 3:30 pm at Baptist Memorial Hospital.