28 concerts earned her four Elvis Presley kisses
Sweethearts over 55 years
Carol Nowell, a renowned fan who not only received four kisses from Elvis Presley, saw him perform 28 times in 1969 through the 70s. Carol and her husband of 55 years, Burl Nowell joined Elvis fans from around the world this week to honor the 40th anniversary of his death on August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee.
The highlight of their trip was to seen Elvis in concert again. This time Carol and Burl saw him at the FedEx Forum for the critically acclaimed, “Elvis—The Wonder of You.” Inspired by award-winning albums, “If I Can Dream” and “The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,” the event gave fans a unique and realistic experience of an Elvis Presley concert. The crowd heard some of the King of Rock and Roll’s greatest hits and fan-favorites performed by Elvis himself on a gigantic screen and accompanied by a live full symphony orchestra. The concert also featured a special appearance by Priscilla Presley.
Carol is President of the ‘Wichita “Falls” for Elvis Fan Club’ in Texas and is well known by thousands in the Elvis World from around the globe. Carol and Burl have been Elvis fans since the days she would scream into her pillow as a young girl listening to Elvis in the 1950s. The couple continue to make treks to Graceland in Memphis, Las Vegas and Elvis events to relive the “feel and excitement” of the greatest entertainer of all time.
This week they traveled to Memphis to be a part of Elvis Week again. Although they have attended numerous Elvis Weeks, this celebration marked the first ever for The Guest House at Graceland and Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a new $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex at Graceland.
Carol and Burl stayed up all last night into the early morning today to join thousands of fans in the annual Candlelight Vigil at Graceland. Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, joined by her son Benjamin and daughters Harper and Finley were on-hand to greet fans and light candles which were used to light the thousands used as everyone walked through the gates of Graceland to the gravesite of Elvis, his parents and grandmother.
“The Auction at Graceland” was held on Saturday, August 12th in the theater of the new hotel complex, The Guest House at Graceland. Hosted by Graceland Auctions, its highlighted offering of LOT #34 sold for a quarter of a million dollars. The lot was the Blue Armadillo jumpsuit Elvis wore during at least 8 concerts.
Listed as the “Elvis Presley Owned and Stage-Worn Sleeveless Jumpsuit and Jacket Made by I.C. Costume Co.” it was previously estimated to be worth $200,000-$250,000.
“At the age of 40 in 1975, Elvis was going strong, with three tours on the road and three sets of performances in Las Vegas in addition to his New Year’s Eve concert in Pontiac, Michigan,” Graceland Auction describes the offering. “Jumpsuits were a staple of his show wardrobe at the time, and the offered navy blue “Blue Armadillo” jumpsuit is an exemplary example of the evolving style of jumpsuit Elvis wore.”
Other highlights and notes on Elvis Week in Memphis:
Elvis Presley earned two more gold records: If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You.
Dean Z won the 2017 competition of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.
Bill Medley from The Righteous Brother told a wonderful story about Elvis at the “The Conversations with Family and Friends” at Graceland. When he was preforming in Las Vegas during the early 1970’s, a highlight song was “You’ve lost the loving feeling.” When he was hitting the low note during the song one night, Elvis casually walked on stage and said “Hi Bill,” then walked off. Elvis and his Memphis Mafia returned a few nights later. Lead by Elvis, each person followed his lead with a “Hi Bill”…”Hi Bill”…”Hi Bill…” Elvis called him later to apologize and Bill responded with “Elvis, I’ve got a sellout crowd, be back at 2 p.m. tomorrow.”