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Memphis Police ID Body of Missing Elvis Fan Gerrie Lawrie

Police ID Body as Missing Elvis Fan Gerrie Lawrie: Memphis, Tn - The body of a woman found dead in a condo in the 600-block of Denmark has been positively identified as Scotland native and Elvis fan Gerrie Lawrie. Police found the body on Monday and pronounced Lawrie dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation has suggested that her death was self-inflicted. A Facebook page titled "In Loving Memory of Gerrie Lawrie" has been drawing the sympathetic comments of Elvis fans around the world. Lawrie went missing during Elvis Week 2011. Her disappearance in Memphis made headlines on the front page of the Press Journal, the local paper in her hometown of Aberdeen, Scotland. According to the paper, Lawrie's boyfriend, Roger Williams, is on his way to Memphis to provide any help with the investigation into her death. Other Elvis fans are shocked. "This is one of those places, destination places where you come to have fun. It's always in

Copyright Law Could Put Music in the Hands of the Artists

Copyright Law Could Put Music in the Hands of the Artists: Memphis, Tn - The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles are among the legendary artists who decades ago managed to beat the musical adage, "it's a long way to the top if you want to rock n' roll." But, even though their longevity is well established in millions of records sold, a revised copyright law could give them and thousands of lesser musical acts a new bonanza. A legal right to reclaim personal ownership of their recordings, a provision, initially applying to master recordings dating back 1978, which could spell disaster for terrified major record labels. "1978 particularly was an important year because the Top 20, either Billboard or Cashbox, was so full of multi, multi million, one would say, platinum selling L.P's," recalled Memphis Business Attorney and CPA Bruce Newman. The provision, revised in the mid-70s, grants musicians termination rights to allow to

Neighbors Heard Screams From Condo Where Missing Elvis Fan Was Staying

At about 11 a.m. Monday, Memphis police found a woman's body at 612 Denmark, the condo Lawrie was renting. Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play, but that the investigation is ongoing. However, a neighbor who talked to several residents who live near the condo questioned that determination. "(Neighbors) said Saturday night and Sunday night, it was such screaming," Darlene Barclay said. "There were three or four neighbors that heard screaming come out of that place. They heard that and no one did anything about it." Source: Commercial Appeal

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Essential Elvis' Andrew Hearn Speaks To Memphis News About Missing Scottish Elvis Fan

  FEARS are growing for a Scottish mother who has been missing for a week after travelling to the United States to attend an Elvis Presley convention. Friends said last night that Gerrie Lawrie has not been seen since Monday, 15 August, when she vanished from the centre of Memphis, Tennessee. Ms Lawrie, who is in her late 30s and lives in Aberdeenshire, travelled to the convention alone. She was last seen by Gene Barksdale – a retired sheriff who had been a friend of Elvis – with whom she had dinner. Mr Barksdale, 89, who became friends with Ms Lawrie after meeting her at another Elvis event, is said to have walked her to her car before she left for a candlelit vigil at the late singer's Graceland home. But she never appeared at the vigil and the alarm was raised after she missed her flight home to Scotland. Ms Lawrie did not return her hired car to the dealer and did not turn up in Nashville, where she had been due to spend more time with fellow Elvis fans. She has als

Jerry Leiber - Legendary Songwriter Passes Away

Visit for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy 'Hound Dog' lyricist Jerry Leiber dies at 78 Song writer also penned 'Jail House Rock' and other hits with partner Mike Stoller LOS ANGELES — Jerry Leiber, who with longtime partner Mike Stoller wrote "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakity Yak" and other hit songs that came to define early rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 78. His death was confirmed Monday by his longtime publicist, Bobbi Marcus. With Leiber as lyricist and Stoller as composer, the team channeled their blues and jazz backgrounds into pop songs performed by such artists as Elvis Presley, Dion and the Belmonts, the Coasters, the Drifters and Ben E. King in a way that would help create a joyous new musical style. From their breakout hit, blues great Big Mama Thornton's 1953 rendition of "Hound Dog," until their songwriting took a more serious turn in 1969 with Peggy L

Body Found May Be Missing Elvis Fan

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis Police have found the body of a woman at the address where a missing Elvis fan from Scotland was last staying. Officers found the body of a 40-year old woman at an apartment on the 600-block of Denmark in the South Bluffs area of Downtown Memphis. According to MPD Sgt. Karen Rudolph, there were no obvious signs of foul play and the cause of death has not been determined. Police have not identified the victim, but former Shelby County Sheriff Gene Barksdale filed a missing persons report for his friend Gerrie Lawrie on August 20th after she did not return on her flight home to Aberdeen, Scotland. She had been in Memphis for Elvis Week, and was last known to be staying at the same address where the victim was found. While the cause of death is still under investigation, some say the odd dissapearance of a tourist, a fellow Elvis fan, is devastating. "Another fan, goin missin' after comin', I mean you don't know what to think," sai

Commercial Appeal Covers Missing Elvis Fan Story

A former Shelby County sheriff has reported that a woman from Scotland visiting Memphis for the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death last week is missing. Gerrie Lawrie, 40, did not catch a flight home to Aberdeen, Scotland, as scheduled, prompting former Shelby County sheriff Gene Barksdale to file a missing person report with Memphis police on Saturday. “Her mother called me (Saturday) to let me know that she didn’t arrive on the flight she was supposed to arrive on,” Barksdale, 89, said today. “Nobody has been able to locate her, even her Facebook disappeared off the Internet, which is rather strange, you know,” Barksdale said. Late this afternoon, Memphis police reported finding a woman's body at 612 Denmark, near the area where Lawrie was staying. Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play, but that the investigation is ongoing. Barksdale said he had not seen the Elvis fan since escorting her to her rented vehicle in a Downtown parking garage last week. Barksda

Elvis' Grand Daughter Riley Keough To Star In Magic Mike

Riley Keough , a model and the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley , is set to appear in Magic Mike. Keough will play a stipper named Zora. Originally Lindsay Lohan was rumored for the role but director Steven Soderbergh  decided not to go there. Zora is the love interest for Alex Pettyfer 's character. The film starts shooting in Florida next month.

Elvis Fan Vanishes In Downtown Memphis After Elvis Week

MISSING - Gerrie Lawrie from Scotland Essential Elvis reports that Gerrie Lawrie from Scotland went missing in Memphis four nights ago. She was last seen on Wednesday night on Union Avenue between 11:00pm and 11:30pm. A missing persons report has been filed with the MPD.  Gerrie traveled from Scotland to attend Elvis Week 2011 in Memphis. Gerrie was also seen on Tuesday, August 16th having dinner with Sheriff Gene Barksdale at TGIFriday's. Gene walked her to her car and saw her drive away. She has not been seen or heard from since. She was staying alone at The Cedar Hotel on Brooks Road, and she attended many events during Elvis Week. She missed her flight home to Scotland, and she has not boarded any other flights nor did she return her rental car. A Missing Persons Report has been filed with The Memphis Police Department . Any tips or leads should be called in to the police. BIM :  This story just gives me the chills. It could have been anyone of us who traveled to Me

Bachmann Wishes Elvis Happy Birthday on Death Day

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Bachmann wishes Elvis happy birthday on death date AP Photo SCRS109, SCRS104, SCRS102 Eds: Corrects spelling of Michele. Updates photos. With AP Photos. By JIM DAVENPORT Associated Press SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WHBQ FOX13 -- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina. The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune "Promised Land" at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock `n' roll. "Before we get started, let's all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!" Bachmann said. But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis' death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, "He died today!" Bachmann didn't respond and launched into her speech. She didn't miss a beat on the Elvis front either. As she signed autographs, she pau

Lisa Marie Presley Sends Out Message To Elvis Fans

The following message below from Lisa Marie Presley was read last night to fans who gathered at the gates of Graceland for the annual Candlelight Vigil during Elvis Week 2011: Dear Friends: Thank you so much for being here and continuing to honor the legacy of my father. Your ongoing love and support mean very much to me and my family. My father always said he had the best fans in the world, and he was right. The fact that you are here to celebrate his life 34 years after his passing is a testament to that. I hope you've enjoyed our new exhibits at Graceland and I look forward to being involved personally with a very special exhibit called "Elvis Through His Daughter's Eyes" opening in the Spring of next year. Before we know it, it will be Elvis Week 2012, which as you all know as the 35th anniversary will be special time. I look forward to being there with you, my mother and entire family. Thank you all and I'll see you next August. LMP

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Cozy Corner BBQ & Ribs - A Must!

Cozy Corner Looking for a new place to eat while visiting Memphis? A MUST is Cozy Corner located at 745 N Parkway, just off Danny Thomas. Amazing ribs......BBQ Cornish Hens! OUTSTANDING food, friendly family owned establishment! It has been in business for 34 years, opening just after Elvis passed away. The walls are lined with famous faces including Danny Devito. Cozy Corner Suggestion! Cozy Corner has been featured on Travel Channel and other tv series! You will a frequent guest here once you try the food!

Elvis @ The Orpheum Last Night

Here's a clip from the concert last night. The show is a contemporary take on what Elvis would be doing today, the show features studio musicians who work on many number one records today! It was a test run to see the fans reactions. The show does need some tweaking but it's awesome. I will post more thoughts and comments from fans and the cast soon. But right now, I am on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N and enjoying Elvis Week with friends and fellow fans:) More later........

Gordon Stoker & Terry Mike Jeffrey Performing @ Marion Cocke's Dinner

Elvis' nurse, Marion Cocke hosted her annual memorial dinner on August 12, 2011 at the Peabody Hotel. Special guests included Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires and Terry Mike Jeffrey who performed a few songs.

DJ Fontana @ The Fan Club Presidents Event

DJ Fontana & Doc Walker Yesterday, EPE hosted the Fan Club President's Event. It is a far cry from the Fan Club President's Luncheon Patsy Andersen hosted during her years at EPE. After hearing about dollar note books and stick cards coming soon to Target & the new fudge station at the hour and a half later, we were treated to 20 GREAT minutes of a question and answer with DJ Fontana hosted by SiriusXM Elvis radio host, Doc Walker. It was quite enjoyable and could have lasted much longer. And Doc was a great host who we'd like to see host more of these Q & As. More photos and details later......

Alfred Wertheimer & Barbara Gray on Access Hollywood Video

Well, by now this has gone global. We Finally meet the woman in that famous KISS photo! Wertheimer told me about tracking down Barbara and the exclusive feature in Vanity Fair about 6 months ago but swore me to secrecy! Another mystery solved!

Elvis Remembered: A Number Shared

Elvis Remembered: A Number Shared By Frank Murtaugh, Memphis Magazine It was a short, significant drive after the longest trip home of my life. After a year in Turin, Italy (where my parents had done research for their dissertations), my family had flown home to the States. Following a week on the Carolina coast and another in east Tennessee, we found ourselves at my grandmother’s home in Memphis. August here can be sweltering, but I have no memory of the heat on August 16, 1977. Thirty-four years later, though, I remember a short drive Dad and I made to a convenience store near my grandmother’s house in Central Gardens. (If not baseball cards, my prize was likely a slurpee of some kind.) When we pulled back into my grandmother’s driveway, Dad turned off the engine and told me something that shook my 8-year-old world: Elvis Presley was in the hospital. Dad had apparently heard a report on the radio. Unless it was “Hound Dog” or “Jailhouse Rock” playing, the radio distraction for a

Annual Elvis Fan Fest @ The Cedar On Brooks Rd - 8/12 thru 8/15