Showing posts from August 22, 2011

More Memphis Coverage of Missing Elvis Fan

Body Found May Be Missing Elvis Fan:

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