The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Free Elvis CD Sampler Giveaway!



CLEVELAND (January 5, 2010) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes Elvis fans from near and far for a weekend of events surrounding the Museum’s Elvis exhibit beginning on what would have been his 75th birthday - Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9, 2010.

The Rock Hall’s permanent exhibit devoted to Elvis, located in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, includes more than 40 artifacts that tell the story of the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. Rising from a humble background, Elvis launched the rock and roll revolution with his commanding voice and charismatic stage presence and the world was never the same.

The Rock Hall’s Elvis Weekend schedule of events will include:

Friday, January 8

Elvis Birthday Card Signing (Main Lobby)
• Throughout the day, fans are invited to sign a large birthday card for Elvis’ 75th birthday. The card will be sent to Graceland after the weekend.

Birthday Cake Cutting (Main Stage)
• Noon: Visitors are welcome to enjoy birthday cake in honor of Elvis’ birthday while it lasts.

Induction Ceremony Highlight Footage (Foster Theater)
• On continuous loop beginning at 1 p.m., the Museum will show highlight footage from Elvis Presley’s induction in 1986, Scotty Moore (2000), James Burton (2001), DJ Fontana (2009) and Bill Black (2009).

Meet the Curator and Artifact Spotlight (Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall)
• 2 p.m.: Special in-depth presentation by chief curator Jim Henke examining the historical significance and influence of artifacts in the Elvis exhibit.

Saturday, January 9

Elvis Birthday Card Signing (Main Lobby)

Induction Ceremony Highlight Footage (Foster Theater)
• At 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., the Museum will show highlight footage from Elvis Presley’s induction in 1986, Scotty Moore (2000), James Burton (2001), DJ Fontana (2009) and Bill Black (2009).

Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (Foster Theater)
• 11:45 a.m. – 3:47 p.m.:  Footage from Elvis’ January 14, 1973 concert in Hawaii will be screened.

**The first 1,200 visitors on January 8 and the first 1,200 visitors on January 9 that purchase a regular adult admission ticket will receive a FREE Elvis 3-song CD sampler. Limit one CD per person. 

Visit http://www.rockhall.com/events/elvis75 for more information.

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Two-day passes to the Rock Hall are available: http://www.rockhall.com/visit/discounts/

Purchase a family four-pack of tickets for $80 on January 8 or 9; a savings of $8! Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/y8okkw for details.

Museum Members – Free Admission: To learn about becoming a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, visit http://www.rockhall.com/support/membership.

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About the Rock Hall’s Elvis Exhibit:
Elvis Presley is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. He rose from humble circumstances to launch the rock and roll revolution with his commanding voice and charismatic stage presence. In the words of the historical marker that stands outside the house where he was born: “Presley’s career as a singer and entertainer redefined popular music.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Exhibit highlights include:

• 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV 2 Door Coupe - The car was purchased by Presley on July 28, 1975 at Schilling Motors in Memphis, Tennessee. It is one of many cars that Presley famously purchased as a gift. This particular car was given to his bodyguard Dave Hebler. The day before Presley bought this car, he purchased 13 Cadillac’s for a total of $140,000. He gave the 13 cars away to friends, family and a woman named Menni Person who happened to be window-shopping for a Cadillac at the dealership when Presley arrived.

• Jumpsuit, 1973 - Presley wore this suit, called “Snowflake,” at concerts in San Diego, California, and Uniondale, New York.

• Jacket, c. 1956 - When he was a young man, Elvis Presley bought many of his clothes at the Lansky Brothers store on Beale Street in Memphis. Like most businesses on Beale, the store primarily catered to African-Americans.

• Elvis Presley Acoustic Guitar - When Elvis Presley sent his 1956 Gibson J-200 back to the factory to be refurbished and customized, the company sent this one as a replacement. He used it on his first recording sessions after his discharge from the Army and in his 1968 television special.

• Smith and Wesson Model 19-3 Revolver, 1967 and Colt Python Revolver, 1974 -
Elvis Presley was a firearms enthusiast who owned many handguns in his lifetime. The Colt bears an engraving of the TCB logo on one side and the initials EP on the other.

• Elvis Presley Jukebox: Seeburg Selectromatic 100 - Presley’s record company, RCA Records, presented this jukebox to him.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

 

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