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The Life and Death of Lisa Marie Presley
Episode 4716th January 2023 • Talk With History • Scott Bennie
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We found out about the death of Lisa Marie Presley moments after completing a separate Talk With History live stream and podcast recording. We decided to jump back on our Walk with History live stream and were joined by hundreds if not thousands of fellow Elvis family fans as we remembered Lisa Marie Presley's life and what role she played in keeping Elvis' memory alive.

We talk about what it was like to live in Memphis for 3 years, visit Graceland before and after it was re-done and expanded, the videos we got to make from his home before Graceland, and so much more.

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We actually just did a talk with history livestream, and we're reacting

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to the death of Lisa Marie Presley.

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it just broke that.

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Lisa Marie passed away at age 54 in Calabasas, California.

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She had suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away.

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And one of the reasons that we wanted to jump on and, and talk about.

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You know, a, a little bit about this and react to the death of Lisa Murray

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Presley is because we've actually done quite a few videos on Elvis Presley.

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You've know, a fair amount.

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I wouldn't, wouldn't call you a, an Elvis Presley historian,

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but you know a lot about 'em.

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It's so, it's not, you know, you probably be like, well, why are

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they talking about Elvis Presley?

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It's because we lived in Memphis.

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three years.

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I got my master's degree at the University of Memphis.

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And you're like, well, what does that mean?

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It means if you live in Memphis, Tennessee, you know Elvis Presley.

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Yeah.

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You cannot get away from Elvis Presley in, in Memphis, Tennessee.

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And

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it's one of those things too.

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And and there's a lot of Elvis fans out there.

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There's lots of Elvis fans out there.

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Amazing.

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I was there for the 40th anniversary of his death.

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That's right.

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And it was, they shut down the.

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and it was packed.

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And I, I talk about this I think in one of our podcasts, but most

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everyone was not from America.

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Yeah.

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It was, I asked a lot of questions and Elvis has a major

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influence on people's lives.

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Not only that, but his daughter and Austin Butler just won the Golden Globe.

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And, and Elise Marie Presley was literally just there.

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The Golden Globes.

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They were showing her the entire time.

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Yeah.

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And she.

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Reacting to Austin Butler winning and,

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and one of the things that I always thought was so interesting when we were.

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living in Memphis.

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Mm-hmm.

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. Right.

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And we would go visit Graceland.

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And one of the things you learned about, you learned about Grace.

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Mm-hmm.

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, and you talk about on our, on one of our videos, is that

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Lisa Marie would actually go to Graceland sometimes during the holidays.

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You were, the public is not allowed to go upstairs.

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Yep.

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At Graceland.

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So if you go and visit Graceland, you're only.

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doing downstairs and all of the other kind of surrounding.

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Mm-hmm.

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, you cannot go the second they have set up floor.

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And so at

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Graceland you can't go on the second floor.

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And that's because it was still a

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family area.

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Mm-hmm.

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, it was still her private residence.

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And she would, she would go up there for occasionally coming to

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town for, for holidays or something like that, and actually stay there.

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She

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was just in

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Memphis for the, his birthday.

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Because his birthday was just January 8th, and she was there.

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She cut the cake and she took pictures with fans.

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. And she usually does stay

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The second floor is her bedroom, the office and Elvis's bedroom.

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And it had just been kept in a, a living situation since,

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you know, since Elvis passed.

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And so she would visit and stay up there.

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She's used the house.

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As you probably saw, I think she had dinner with different people.

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She uses it during the holidays and it's still her residence.

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At least Marie, Elvis Presley Enterprises owns all the land

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and all the other Museums now.

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. And the amphitheater and the restaurant

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So there's the Lisa Marie plane and then the

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Hounddog, the little plane, but she owns the house.

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Yeah.

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And so now the house will go to her daughter,

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her daughter played the wife in that movie that we just saw with Chris.

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The terminal list.

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Oh, that is, that was, that's that's

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her daughter?

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Yes.

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That's her daughter, Lisa.

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Marie's daughter plays the wife in

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that, the, the terminal list that's on the Amazon Prime

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or something like that?

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Yes.

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That's Lisa Marie's daughter.

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Daughter.

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She will now inherit Graceland.

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She's the oldest.

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Oh, wow.

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And Lisa Marie also has twin daughters that are younger.

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and she had a son who has passed,

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and if you watch our video on YouTube, on Walk With History, he's

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buried in the meditation garden.

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Yep.

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With Elvis and his parents and his grandmother.

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Do you think that they'll bury Yeah.

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Lisa Marie there next to her father?

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Yeah.

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Wow.

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A

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percent.

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That's, that's just wild to think about.

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It's, I know.

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And, and one of the things, again, we'll, we'll kind of step back a little

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bit and talk about some of what we learned about Elvis Presley, right.

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Some of his family history.

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We have kind of another

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podcast channel and, and on that channel, our, our most popular video

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is a movie about you reviewing Elvis.

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Elvis, the movie, because like I said, I have a master's degree

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from University of Memphis.

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I have been to Graceland so many times.

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I can't even tell you how many times I've been to Graceland.

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I.

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I, we saw Graceland before they redid it for the 40th anniversary of his death.

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Yeah.

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After they redid it for the 40th anniversary of his death.

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We went there when like nobody was there.

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Remember we went for my birthday?

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Yeah.

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It was like, so that's December.

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December, but before the 40th anniversary.

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Before they redid everything.

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Yeah.

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And it was like nobody was around.

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It's like we had the whole place to ourselves.

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If you look at my pictures,

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it's like I'm welcoming you to Graceland.

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After, before the 40th anniversary of his death, they bought all the property

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around it and built all these big museums

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and Yeah, and, and so going back made it more co commercial.

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One of the things that we covered in our videos about Graceland, about Elvis, and,

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you know, people are wondering like, oh, did he build this whole thing for himself?

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And people don't know the history of Graceland.

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So Graceland had actually been a mansion that.

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Around for, for quite some

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time.

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Yeah.

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And it's not named after Elvis's mom, Gladys.

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It's named after a social light in the 1920s named Grace Tuf.

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Yeah.

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And if you watch our video, I go to her grave at the end of

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that walk with history video.

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But Lisa Marie, she's, she's.

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Born there, like her parents get married in 1967 and she's born in 1968.

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It, it's funny because Priscilla always said it's like nine months from the ti

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our wedding date to Lisa Marie's birth.

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It's like she had no real like Right.

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Honeymoon phase honeymoon's.

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Right.

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It was like, I got married and I had Lisa Marie nine months later.

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Lisa Marie, if you ever go to Graceland, her playground was

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still in the backyard, remember?

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Yeah, that's right.

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And her horses were there.

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I mean, that was her home.

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And now to think about where she's gonna be buried there.

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and now that her daughter will own it.

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Like, I, like I told you, this is a private residence.

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I, her, her daughter might decide not to show it.

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Sure.

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Her daughter might decide to close it.

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Gracelands the second most visited home in the United States behind the White House.

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Yes.

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Period.

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Yeah.

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And, and it what was so interesting too, when, when you were there for,

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for, for the 40th anniversary of Elvis's death you were there at Graceland

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because every year they have Elvis week.

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Yes.

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In Memphis.

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If you've never been to Memphis, right.

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If you're an Elvis fan, , that's a great time to go to Memphis's Elvis week.

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And it's typically the week prior to his death,

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August 16th to his, so that whole week before August 16th,

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and we lived in the Memphis area.

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We lived in Memphis from 2016 to 2019.

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Mm-hmm.

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. So we were there for the 40th anniversary.

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And you went out there, I went out there and it was, but cuz when did he pass?

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1977.

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The year I was born.

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What, what Mo?

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It was like October, August, August 16th.

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August, 1977.

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So if you've, if you've ever been to the south, Memphis is South in the summer.

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It's hot.

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It was so hot there.

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It was so hot.

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And so, I mean, think about it, you're in the Mississippi Delta there I mean

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you just across the border, right?

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From Mississippi.

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It's hot.

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So you were out there and it was it was hot.

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Yeah.

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Graceland on the 40th anniversary of his death, I

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drank three bottles of water at night.

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Cuz I went there at nighttime.

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Like I said, they shut down the whole street.

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I wonder now if we'll do something for Lisa Marie.

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It's very possible because her father's birthday was the.

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Now she's past the 12th.

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I, I wonder if this'll be a week right now in Memphis, there'll

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be like Elvis's birthday.

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And then Lisa Marie's death, Lisa Marie when I did the 40th anniversary of, of the

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passing of Elvis Presley, and they shut down Elvis Presley Boulevard, which is

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that huge street in front of Graceland.

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And the people make shrines to Elvis.

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She lit candles.

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Her and Priscilla were there and she had a, like a torch and I think, I think

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it's close to like 10:00 PM about the time they feel Elvis might have passed.

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Yeah.

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They like candles and you can walk up to his grave.

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You walk the road.

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If you watch our video, I, I'd walk the road for you up to the meditation

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garden to where he is buried.

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Lisa Marie let Candles for two hours.

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Yeah.

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Everybody who was there, and this is while her son was

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still alive.

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Yeah.

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She was out there with her son.

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Mm-hmm.

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now.

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I I were you were were you there while she was there?

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I was there while she was there.

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I told myself I'm not standing on that line.

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Yeah.

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But people feel so connected to that family, like I told

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you.

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Well, and and one of the things I loved when you were there on

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that, the anniversary of his, of Elvis's passing, and Lisa Marie

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is out there lighting candles.

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You actually went around.

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and talked to people.

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Oh, I interviewed

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tons of people because I wanted to know

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why you're here.

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Just why are you here?

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You know, why is Elvis

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important to you?

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These are people of our lives.

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That's why we, that's why we're talking about her on Walk With History

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because she is a historic figure.

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Lisa Marie is a historic figure, just like Priscilla Presley,

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just like Elvis Presley, and.

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Her passing is, is so at 54 years old.

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It's, it's amazing to me.

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Like it really is.

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It's heartbreaking.

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Elvis is such not only like a historic figure, but in his era.

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I mean, he, he was it, he was larger than life.

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Yeah.

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You know, the.

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Artist, first person to do a global broadcast.

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Yes.

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Right.

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First one ever.

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Ever, ever.

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Global broadcast.

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Global broadcast.

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And I, I always talk about my love of Elvis Presley.

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You know, I love his music, but what I love most about Elvis Presley, and they

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do a very good job of honoring this in the museum, is his philanthropy.

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Yeah.

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That man, like we have the, and, and Lisa Marie was the same way.

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That's why I think she opened the home to the public, is she knew

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how much people loved her father.

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Well, and we talk about, you know, his philanthropy.

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Mm-hmm.

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the Pearl Harbor Memorial.

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The Pearl Harbor memorial.

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We have the Pearl Harbor Memorial because of Elvis Presley.

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That's right.

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They could not raise the funds for it.

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He went out.

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Hawaii did a full concert, took no money, and all the money went to

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build the Pearl Harbor memorial.

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I mean, it, it gets to me every time because that to me is just a person who

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really loves people and you know, wants to give back, and that's who Elvis was.

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And I think his daughter took a lot of that from him.

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Yeah, because he was always.

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Like I said, if he was buying a Cadillac, he'd buy someone else a Cadillac.

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If he was, you know, he would buy out the movies.

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So he could go to the movies and he would see people standing.

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You wanna go to the movies too?

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Come on, let's go to the movies too.

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When we lived in Memphis, everybody had a personal Elvis Presley story.

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They either played football with him on his front lawn, or they or they.

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They helped made an outfit for him that he performed at the fair.

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As somebody dated him, he went to the local high school

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there so people knew him.

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And Lisa Marie, I think, saw a lot of that, and it always kind of got me

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when Elvis passed and Lisa Marie was there at the funeral, how everybody,

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most people were concerned about everybody else and not about her.

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I think Priscilla was very concerned about her.

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But I always thought about Lisa Marie and her father and how, how much that is

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gonna impact her for the rest of her life.

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I mean, she's, she's gone at 54 and here's a woman who.

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By her own right is so historically significant and married to Michael

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Jackson, married to Nicholas Cage, right, making music,

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opening this home up to people.

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Yet she made time to be at her dad's birthday.

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His 88th birthday that just happened.

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Yeah.

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She made time to be at his, his death anniversaries.

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She was just at the Golden Globes.

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Like it's just so amazing to me that.

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And I'm so glad that movie won.

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Yeah.

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Really?

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Because we saw

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that movie.

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Well, and, and, and Yes.

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Because we've done a lot of Elvis history.

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We react to

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the Elvis movie.

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We'd let you know factor fiction.

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I have a master's degree of American history from the University of Memphis.

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I didn't study Elvis Presley, but you're immers.

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in Elvis.

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Yeah.

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Culture and history.

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If you live in Memphis, Tennessee, and I have been to Graceland more

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times than I can count Tupelo and done so many tours of Sun Studio.

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We just lived, lived Elvis history.

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That's right.

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Moving there, one of the first things I noticed, and I told you this, is

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everyone had this personal Elvis Presley

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story.

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Yeah.

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So you actually met some people when I don't.

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Was this at the.

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The 40th anniversary of his passing during all this week.

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I,

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no, I was at dinner in sitting beside some people.

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You've met random

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people that like, like babysat for him?

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Yes.

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Played football with him on his front lawn.

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Someone

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that like, didn't they like go to prom with?

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Yes.

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Someone

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that went to prom with him or so went to prom with him.

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His something, prom with him.

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So that was one of the, of the neat things about living in,

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in Memphis for a couple years.

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And especially you being a historian

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I immersed myself in it.

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Yeah.

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Because we were there during the 50th anniversary of the Martin

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Luther King assassination.

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He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Yeah.

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And we were there for the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's passing.

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And both times I asked people, why are you here?

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What did he mean to you?

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What's the significance of the impact on your life and for Elvis Presley?

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People just, they resonated with him.

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Yeah.

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He, he talked to them.

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He spoke to them.

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His music talked to them.

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I always say Elvis Presley is the quintessential American

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dream story because he's born.

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Poverty in Tupelo,

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if you saw the movie Elvis, they'd do a pretty good job of showing you this.

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And then comes to Memphis, goes to high school, makes a record for his mother

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at the local recording studio, asked to come back and play some music and they're

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about to They're about to, you know, close up and, and he starts to sing.

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That's all right mama.

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And he starts to sing it kind of faster and they record it, and then

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they play it at the local DJ in.

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Memphis and Dewey Phillips, and he plays it like over and over and over

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again and he's the quintessential American dream story from there at

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stardom hits in movies and like you said, first ever global live broadcast.

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Yeah, it makes a great comeback in 1968.

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And his daughter.

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I think people felt like, like a celebrity

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family.

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People in the chat here are saying, Hey, we.

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We felt like Lisa Marie was, was part of, part of our family part.

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They, they felt close to her.

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Well, her, if, of course you would feel that way, you saw him

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marry Priscilla in 1967 in Vegas.

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That was that was shown on tv that was televised.

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And then Lisa Marie is born nine months later.

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Yeah.

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And that's also.

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recorded by the media and you feel like she's, she's your child.

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I mean, she very much a part of media and then even with the breakdown of

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the Presley marriage, you see Elvis's devotion to his daughter, like she is

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the most important thing in his life.

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Like if you ever went to Graceland to the upstairs where you cannot go, Not

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open to the public is Elvis's bedroom, Elvis's office, and Lisa Marie's bedroom.

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Those are the three rooms upstairs, and Lisa Marie has kept that as a private

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residence and she protected that.

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She protected their, their lives, their private lives there.

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So the.

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What will happen now to Graceland?

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I don't know what will happen.

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Like I told you, I, the daughter of Lisa Marie, who was in the terminal list

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with Chris Pratt, she plays his wife.

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She will po, she will most than likely now inherit Graceland because

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Graceland, the house is the one place that that, that stays in the family.

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Now the house will probably be inherited by her daughter.

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Yeah.

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It's just so, it's just, it's so hard to talk about.

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Yeah.

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She's 54.

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I just saw her on the Golden

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Globes.

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Yeah.

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And, and, and I, you know when Jen loves the Golden Globes, right?

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Yeah.

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So that's always a night for her.

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. The Oscars are a night for her.

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It's, she's cheering for everybody.

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She's cheering for all the people that she likes.

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She's cheering for Brad Pitt . Right.

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Regardless of whether or not he's up for a Golden Globe.

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And I remember kind of watching Austin Butler, because he's the one who has.

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Buzz mm-hmm.

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, right?

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That his, his performance in Elvis was, was truly incredible.

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You could kind of hear a little bit of that leftover Elvis mm-hmm.

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in his voice.

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And I don't know if that's just Austin Butler being out there in the

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public kind of talking about this for so much, but even I, I think

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it was an interviewer you told me.

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Mm-hmm.

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. Lisa Marie commented on his performance and she, she just thought, she commented

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on like how well he did, how she really thought that he captured Yeah.

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Her father and I saw, that was one thing that caught my eye when I was

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watching the Golden Globes and, and he was up there and won and he's, he's

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thanking all these people and then he turns and he, thanks Lisa Marie.

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Yes.

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, and you could tell she was just so emotional.

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Yes.

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She was so emotional and, and it must have been, I, I actually wondered,

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in my head, I was like, I wonder if she hears a bit of her father

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standing up there on that stage.

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. Accepting this award.

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and it was just really interesting me, cuz I, I could see it and I am just kind

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of watching outta the corner of my eye.

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Yeah.

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That's what I do in our house, . Right.

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And I, I kind of watch outta the corner of my eye.

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I watch for the, but funny bits of the Golden Globes.

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Yeah.

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Or whatever like that.

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I don't really care about the red carpet or the dresses or anything like that.

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I know as entertaining as some of the interviewers are, but watching,

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you know Austin Butler up there.

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And, and, and the cameras, you know, training on, on Lisa Marie

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and Austin Butler, you know, he won the Golden Globe for Best actor.

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You know,

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I, I just, I get teed because he said, thank you Lisa Marie.

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Thank you Elvis Presley.

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Right.

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And like Elvis still to this day has such a pull.

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People are passionate about

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Elvis authenticness of him, right?

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Yeah.

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Because the thing about Elvis Presley was the authenticness of him.

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I don't think he was.

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It did what?

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There was no agenda.

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Yeah.

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He's not trying to sell all these records.

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He's not trying to influence rock and roll.

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He just is those things.

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Lisa Marie had to share her father with all these people

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and then lose him so early.

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Yeah.

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That, you know, even.

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And I think she was very appreciative of people who loved her dad

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because like I said, she was there for the 40th anniversary.

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She was lighting those candles.

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She was just at Graceland for his birthday.

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She's there at the Golden Globe supporting his movie.

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I think she's always trying to, she was always trying to find that

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connection again to her father.

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And now to pass so young, I mean, Cardiac arrest, 54 years old.

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She'll probably in the meditation

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garden, be buried in the meditation.

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Her son is there next to her son and next to her father, and there's other

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people saying, you know that now, now she's gonna be with her father.

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. You know, Elvis is buried between his parents.

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Benjamin, if you watch our video, I show you in the meditation garden.

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The meditation garden where Elvis is buried with his family is open every

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morning to the general public, so you don't have to buy a ticket to Graceland.

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If you wanna go.

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S.

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Visit Elvis's grave.

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And it's open early.

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What is it?

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Like 8:30 AM seven 30 a p am Just eight 30.

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Yeah, I super early.

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I think you For

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one hour.

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Yeah.

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For one hour you can kind of walk up and visit the meditation

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party.

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Yes.

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And so Elvis is buried between his parents.

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His grandmother is there, Benjamin, his grandson is there.

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Lisa Marie's son who passed not, not too long ago.

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And then a little memorial to Elvis's twin brother who they, they're

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not ever sure where he was buried.

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So I don't know what they'll do.

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I don't know if they'll move one of the parents so she be,

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could be beside her father.

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I'm not sure.

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Yeah, I don't know.

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If you look at our video, you can see the area is kind of tight anyway.

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I don't know if they'll maybe move out some of the wall.

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So Elvis Presley wasn't originally buried at Graceland.

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He was originally buried in the local cemetery, I think Forest Hill out in town.

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But within a week, people were trying to break into his grave.

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So his father Vernon decided to move his grave to Graceland for more protection.

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And

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if I remember right, that's where the angel that's in the meditation

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garden, did they they bring

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that over?

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Yes.

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So that, so those are the things.

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Elvis's mother was in Forest Hill.

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When they moved Elvis to the meditation garden, they moved his mother to the

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meditation garden and the big cross.

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You see, if you watch our video, that's what it's of the angel.

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That was all the Presley.

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Tombstone or monument in the cemetery.

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So they brought all of that to the meditation garden.

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Now that would be a good loca, you know, for Lisa Marie, there is definitely

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space, but to be beside her father, they would have to move some things around.

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If you didn't know, he's responsible for the Pearl Harbor Memorial.

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Mm-hmm.

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in, in Elvis Presley in, in Hawaii.

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. So that's the concert that he put on.

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All the proceeds from that

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. . But I think Lisa Marie, that really,

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her father belonged to the people.

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She was a person of the people.

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But we just wanted to get on and just kind of be here.

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If you, we will probably cover Lisa Marie.

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We will probably cover Graceland further down.

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But we thank you for joining us.

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Yeah, thank you.

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Uh, If you're overwhelmed like we are, we just wanted to reach

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out and Yeah.

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And, and we just kind of wanted to, to put a little, you know, put our face on it,

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and this is our reaction, and us kind of remembering, not just Elvis, but obviously

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Lisa Marie and , the part that she played , in Elvis's life and keeping his

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story alive and keeping his story alive.

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Thank you for keeping his story for all of us, because we were

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not alive during Elvis's life.

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Yeah.

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Yet he impacts our life today.

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Yeah.

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And it's because she.

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Keeps his story alive.

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I would say Priscilla does too.

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But Lisa Marie has the final say on that, or she did.

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Now her daughter will have the final say on that, but they keep his story alive.

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And for that we've we're grateful and we were grateful for her.

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And we just wanna

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remember her and we just wanna remember her.

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if you, if you wanna see, like I said, if you wanna see Graceland, if you wanna see

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the meditation garden, the whole premise of our channel is we take you to the

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location and we have been to Graceland.

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There is a video of it if you'd like to see it.

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And this'll probably be what it looks like before Lisa Marie will be there.

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As well.

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Yeah.

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We'll, we'll keep their, their family in our prayers and we'll,

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we'll keep them in our thoughts.

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And I'm sure there's lots and lots of people that will, will

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never forget everything that they could kind of contributed Yes.

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To, to our culture.

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To pop culture, to American history.

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To

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American history.

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Yeah.

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So thank you for your life, Lisa Marie, and thank you for keeping

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your father's memory alive.

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Alive for all of.

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Well thank you so much.

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Yeah.

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And God bless.

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We hope you guys have, have a good rest of the evening and hug a loved one.

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Yeah, exactly.

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All right.

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Thank you.