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75th Anniversary of the Birth of Elvis draws fans to Memphis

January 5th, 2010

This week marks the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth. Known as the “King of Rock N Roll” or simply “The King”, Elvis put Rock and Roll on the map, but also was quite the movie star as this LA Times article remembers. I mention that because children entering high school this year were born 20 years after Elvis’ tragic death. So familiarity might be weak.

Elvis’ legion of fans still make the trip to Memphis, Tennessee every year to visit the Graceland Estate. But there’s a lot more to Memphis than just Rock’n’Roll. Blues for one. Beale Street is the home to many music halls and produced more famous songs than you can shake a stick at. While you’re there check out the Walk of Fame, sort of the honor roll of Memphis musicians.

Then there’s the food. Many travel to Memphis for the barbeque alone. You’ll find everything from tip to tail smothered in the delicious sweet and tangy BBQ sauce that’s unique to Memphis. If you’re brave enough there’s even the world famous bar-b-q spaghetti at the Interstate Bar-B-Q on Third Street.

Also Memphis is square in the middle of the south’s rich history. From its days as a cotton and lumber busiiness center to its monuments of the civil rights movement, including the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, to its rich arts offerings, Memphis is a great place to soak up some of what it means to be an American.

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