Today at Graceland:
Elvis in Vegas Panel
10:00 am. Graceland Soundstage, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Hear stories and memories from those who shared the stage with Elvis, starting with his 1969 return to the live performances through the 1970s. Hosted by Tom Brown, confirmed guests include TCB Band members James Burton, Ronnie Tutt and Glen Hardin, Elvis historian Ernst Jorgensen and John Jackson of Sony/Legacy Recordings, Estelle Brown of The Sweet Inspirations, plus original members of The Imperials Terry Blackwood and Jim Murray.
About one of today’s guests, James Burton:
On March 19, 2001, the guitarist was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the side-man category.
Back in the early days of rock and roll Burton received a telegram inviting him to
appear on the “Ozzie and Harriet” TV show. Burton accepted and performed with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson’s son, Ricky.
Fast forward to 1968. Burton got a call from Elvis to be on his Comeback television special. However Burton was working with Frank Sinatra and was unavailable. Elvis told Burton how he always watched the Ozzie and Harriet show just to see him play.
Elvis called Burton back in 1969, he asked him to put together a band for Elvis’ Las Vegas shows. This time Burton said yes. At the time Burton had decided against touring with Bob Dylan. Burton would remain with Elvis until Elvis died in 1977.
On January 14, 1973, and Elvis concert that took place at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu was broadcast live via satellite and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe. Jerry Schilling, Elvis’ boyhood friend and confidante said Elvis trained his guts out for this worldwide broadcast and live recording, like a prize fighter. He swam every day and worked out so he could look his very best.
Two days before the broadcast Elvis did a rehearsal concert that was also taped and recorded. This one features Burton whose distinct style has always been using a straight pick and a fingerpick on his middle finger.