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Michael Lollar

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Recent Work

  • First Memphian makes semifinals of Elvis tribute artist contest Published 08/15/2012 at 12:01 a.m.

    Over the last 12 years Memphian William Stiles has transformed himself from a blond-haired riverboat pilot to 1970s-era Elvis Presley.

  • 'Hound Dog' songwriter helps kick off Elvis week in Memphis Published 08/10/2012 at midnight

    It was his first major songwriting success, but it came with calamity. Mike Stoller was on his way home to New York from Europe aboard the cruise ship Andrea Doria when it was struck in the side by another ship ...

  • Keister reflects: 'Nobody quite like Elvis' Published 01/05/2012 at 6:19 p.m.

    Shane Keister is one of the few people who turned down Elvis Presley. Elvis' longtime pianist Glen D. Hardin left Elvis' TCB Band in 1976 to play piano for Emmylou Harris. Keister, who had worked on Elvis' 1975 album "Promised ...

  • Elvis Birthday Week calendar of events Published 01/05/2012 at 12:38 p.m.

    Here is a partial listing of events scheduled for Elvis' birthday week.

  • 3 new exhibits to open at Graceland for 35th anniversary of Elvis' death Published 12/01/2011 at midnight

    There are hopes that Graceland will be one of the hottest tourism tickets in the country for the 35th anniversary of Elvis' death.

  • Former Beatle Pete Best feels no resentment, brings new show to Levitt Shell Published 08/08/2011 at midnight

    The drummer will headline at Levitt Shell for the kickoff of the annual Elvis Week tribute to commemorate Elvis Presley's death.

  • Elvis at the Shell: Star-to-be 'quite a flash' in pan in 1954 Memphis debut Published 08/04/2011 at 3:06 p.m. 1 Comment

    It was July 30, 1954. Elvis Presley was about to take the stage at the Overton Park Shell in his first professional appearance on a public stage. "I have no idea what he sang," says Slim Whitman, the headliner of ...

  • 'Like' Elvis artwork on Facebook starting today Published 05/09/2011 at midnight

    The portraits range from screen-printed Andy Warhol-type treatments to abstract impressionist versions of Elvis Presley. Then, there's the blond-haired woman in fishnet hose seeming to flash the Downtown Memphis statue of a young Elvis.

  • Graceland holding Facebook contest for original Elvis art Updated 03/21/2011 at 1:22 p.m.

    Choose your medium, from a lead pencil to a block of marble, and get a chance to win 56 prizes, including a cruise and a two-night trip to Las Vegas, for the best Elvis art in the land. Graceland is ...

  • 'Glee' with a bullet: TV show's cast closes in on Elvis' record for hit songs Published 02/17/2011 at midnight

    Elvis Presley is teetering atop the record for Billboard Hot 100 hit songs.

  • Rescued Chilean miner, an Elvis fanatic, visits Graceland in Memphis Updated 01/07/2011 at 11:02 p.m.

    Chilean miner and Elvis Presley fan Edison Peña was not a fan of his first peanut butter and banana sandwich, but he found Graceland "amazing," especially the jumpsuits worn by his rock-and-roll idol.

  • Seducing Elvis: The king's 'older woman' just one memorable role for Julie Adams Published 12/30/2010 at 12:05 a.m.

    Actress Julie Adams got a headstart on Mrs. Robinson as a movie seductress. With a face familiar to almost six decades of movie and TV audiences, Adams is remembered by Elvis Presley fans as a dude ranch manager with Elvis ...

  • Chilean miner to get ‘king-sized’ visit to Graceland in Memphis Updated 11/03/2010 at 10:14 p.m.

    Edison Pena, one of 33 miners rescued after 69 days in a caved-in Chilean gold and copper mine, will visit the home of his rock and roll idol, Elvis Presley, as part of the Elvis birthday celebration Jan. 6-9.

  • Rare Elvis memorabilia on the auction block today in Memphis Published 08/14/2010 at midnight

    Elvis' white Knabe grand piano and his original contract signed with RCA are among items up for bid at The Peabody.

  • Skeptics scoff at auction of alleged Elvis embalming items Published 07/21/2010 at 11 p.m.

    Instruments supposedly used in the embalming of Elvis Presley are going up for auction, but the president of Memphis Funeral Home was skeptical Wednesday about the authenticity of items including surgical instruments, a toe tag and eyeliner included in auction ...

  • Actress Longoria, Kenyan Maathai and civil rights leader Cotton win Freedom Awards Published 07/13/2010 at 4:01 p.m.

    Actress Eva Longoria Parker of "Desperate Housewives" fame has been named a recipient of this year's Freedom Awards along with a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya and an American civil rights activist. The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, ...

  • Newfound negatives cast positive Elvis image Published 06/30/2010 at midnight

    The negatives are photographs of Elvis Presley greeting fans at the newly installed gates of Graceland in 1957.

  • Memphis in May unveils poster honoring Tunisia Updated 01/28/2010 at 10:18 p.m.

    The Memphis in May International Festival on Thursday unveiled its 2010 poster for honored country Tunisia, reflecting the African nation's heritage and influences ranging from ancient Phoenicia to the Ottoman Empire. The poster by artist Jed Jackson, painting professor in ...

  • Natalie Cole 'wowed' by Peace Concert invite Updated 09/22/2009 at 7:14 p.m.

    Natalie Cole had grown up Episcopalian and later switched to Baptist, so when she was asked to perform for the modern world's best-known Buddhist, she was surprised. Cole said in a telephone interview Friday that her first reaction when invited ...

  • Illinois Elvis turns in Ultimate performance Published 08/14/2009 at midnight

    Bill Cherry of Collinsville, Ill., won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Thursday after a two-day showdown with 19 of the best Elvis acts in North America. Last year's runnerup, Donny Edwards of Las Vegas, again came in second, with ...

  • Crowd all shook up as Elvis acts vie tonight for 'Ultimate' crown Published 08/13/2009 at midnight

    The stage of The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis converted from classical music to classic rock Wednesday as 20 Elvis Presley acts competed for the title of 2009's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.

  • Cirque du Soleil bringing Elvis back to Vegas Published 08/11/2009 at 12:37 p.m.

    While most Elvis fans are focused on Memphis this week for the 32nd annual Elvis Tribute Week, Graceland's parent company, CKX Inc., is looking ahead to a December or January debut of the first Elvis production by Cirque du Soleil ...

  • 'Viva' Elvis: 20 of the best vie to become 'Ultimate' tribute artist Published 08/09/2009 at 10 p.m.

    The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, one of the biggest attractions of Elvis tribute week, is Wednesday and Thursday at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Singer McKinney brings 'change' to video Published 11/29/2008 at midnight

    Former "American Idol" contestant Gedeon McKinney's music career has been so hectic that he barely made time to vote, but he went the extra step by turning his political leanings into a rousing music video for Barack Obama.

  • Despite detractors, ex-medical examiner defends Elvis conclusions Published 08/10/2008 at 12:05 a.m.

    Even now, Elvis' death could be classified as a medical "mystery," says Maurice Elliott, former vice president of Baptist Hospital. But Jerry Francisco, the medical examiner who performed Elvis' autopsy, would attribute the death to a heart attack.

  • At the rock of dawn Published 09/16/2006 at 4:48 p.m.

    Justin Timberlake, the hometown boy whose new record aims to bring "sexy back, " says he's also trying to bring new soul back to Memphis through the record label that turned the city into a music Mecca of the '70s.

  • Live from Memphis, it's Justin Timberlake Published 09/09/2006 at 4:55 p.m.

    A "Good Morning America" national salute to Justin Timberlake will begin with a Tuesday segment, "Justin's Memphis, " as a prelude to his live Friday broadcast from Beale Street

  • Timberlake to debut new tunes on morning television Published 09/08/2006 at 4:57 p.m.

    Justin Timberlake, the new face of Memphis music, and Beale Street, a symbol of the city's deep musical roots, will co-star when "Good Morning America" debuts Timberlake's new CD next week.

  • Justin coming to tribute Published 06/17/2004 at 6:45 p.m.

    Justin Timberlake is coming home as part of the international Sun Studio celebration of 50 years of rock and roll.