The Group Travel Leader

JUN 2017

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2 9 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E the tours, guests see the area where technicians and musicians work and get to step inside several of the themed dressing rooms that have been used through the years by their country-music heroes. "Tours end by going onto the stage," Chandler said. "In 1974, when we built the Grand Ole Opry house, we cut a six-foot circle of wood out of the Ryman stage and placed it in the center of the stage at the Opry house. So, they are the same boards that Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline and Hank Williams Sr. and all the legends stood on. Groups can come and stand in that circle after touring the backstage area." H O M E O F T H E K I N G Since his arrival on the scene in the 1950s, Elvis Presley has personified American cool for generations of young people. Elvis died in 1977, and soon after, visitors began flocking to his Memphis mansion, Graceland, to pay their respects and reminisce about this singular entertainer. "We opened the doors in 1982, and since then, we have welcomed 20 mil- lion people through the front door of a place that meant quite a lot to Elvis," said Kevin Kern, director of public relations for Elvis Presley Enterprises. "Graceland is really a time capsule, and the whole experience tells the story of the roots of rock 'n' roll and the birth of music in this area." So the museum not only covers the lives of Elvis and the Presleys at Graceland but also tells the story of rock 'n' roll, he said. Self-guided tours of Graceland showcase the home much as Elvis left it, complete with 1970s decor, original furnishings and cherished family WE START AT CHAPTER 1 OF THE ELVIS STORY WITH SUN STUDIOS. WE HAVE ABOUT 30 OF HIS JUMPSUITS ON DISPLAY, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WE HAVE ALL OF HIS GOLD RECORDS AND GRAMMY AWARDS ON DISPLAY. — K E V I N K E R N , E L V I S P R E S L E Y E N T E R P R I S E S let's meet

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