Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Memphis

Lisa Marie Presley will be laid to rest next to son, Benjamin Keough, in the Meditation Garden at Graceland. In addition to Lisa Marie and Ben, Lisa Marie’s father, Elvis Presley, and his parents, Vernon and Gladys, are also buried in the garden. 

Ben’s grave was slightly moved to make room for Lisa Marie.

Following her death, the family confirmed that a public memorial service will be held in the late singer’s honor at Graceland. The service will be livestreamed via Graceland’s livestream page.

A public memorial service has been arranged on the front lawn of Graceland at 9 a.m. Sunday, at the Presley family estate in Memphis, Tennessee. Following the service, there will be a procession to view Lisa Marie’s final resting place in the Meditation Garden. All guests on the north lawn will be able to join the procession following friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, her family is asking all who wish to send something to do so in the form of a donation to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, which offers support to various charitable organizations, especially focusing on arts, education, and children’s programs in the Memphis and Whitehaven area.

Presley died at the age of 54 on Jan. 12, after going into cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed that her cause of death has been delayed pending further tests. 

Chuck Berry wrote and recorded “Memphis, Tennessee” in 1959.

Johnny Rivers got a regular gig in 1963 at the Whisky a Go Go, a popular club on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. In 1964 Rivers released a live album recorded at the club called Johnny Rivers At The Whisky a Go Go, with “Memphis” (shortened title) issued as a single. Big record. Went all the way to #2 and essentially launched Rivers’ successful career.

Also in 1964 Elvis released his version of “Memphis, Tennessee.”

Pay close attention to the lyrics.


Definitely prophetic.


Did Johnny Rivers steal Elvis’ recording of “Memphis”?


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