Graceland Embraces Elvis "Tribute Artists”

November 18, 2006

The keepers of the diminishing Elvis flame have announced that next year’s 30th anniversary of the death of the King will be marked by the first officially sanctioned Elvis impersonator contest. According to a story in the Tennessean, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., will hold a series of contests all over the country in order to determine the finalists, who will compete in Memphis in August of 2007.

This marks a sea change for the Graceland honchos, who heretofore kept Elvis impersonators at a sequined arms length. But last month’s news that Kurt Cobain has surpassed the King as the top-earning dead celebrity shows that creativity is needed when it comes to keeping the memory of Elvis alive–and the cash registers ringing.

Graceland no longer all shook up by Elvis impersonators – Nashville, Tennessee – Saturday, 11/18/06 –