Today at Graceland:
American Sound 50th Anniversary Celebration Event
7:00 pm. Graceland Soundstage, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Tickets: $65, $55, $45.
Enjoy an incredible night of music as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ legendary recording sessions at Memphis’ American Sound Studio. Join Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman, who were members of the legendary house band at the American Sound Studio, along with special guests the Holladay Sisters, who sang back-up during the sessions; plus lead vocalists Andy Childs and Terry Mike Jeffrey; and musician BJ Thomas; for a special concert event featuring music from Elvis’ time at American Sound.
Founded in 1964 by Chips Moman and Don Crews, American Studios became one of Memphis’s most famous recording studios. Above, Moman presents a Gold Record to B.J. Thomas.
“…he (Elvis) made some beautiful records, I don’t think he ever mis-recorded anything or made anything that was really bad.”
In June of 1970 Thomas released “I Just Can’t Help Believin'” and it moved up the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. That same summer Elvis performed it at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. The video was captured for the documentary “That’s The Way It Is.” Country Today wrote Elvis’ version, recorded on August 11, 1970, “is considered as one of his best. The orchestra and vocals were both almost perfect.”