The candles at the candlelight ceremony are a symbol of the flame called "Elvis" which will never be dimmed. We will always remember him because he will always be apart of us. John Lennon of the Beatles once said "Before Elvis, there was nothing..." - how true that feels to most of us even today! A minister from Memphis expressed his thoughts that Elvis is the "echo that that will never die." He's right...
Elvis' songs are played throughout the candlelight ceremony and evening at Graceland. On August 15th, 1985 the Elvis Country Fan Club of Austin Texas played a song I wrote called "MISS YOU IN MEMPHIS" on his sound system at the gates of Graceland. This was the first song that was not an Elvis Presley record played at the Candlelight Ceremony. The song was sung by Charlie Romans and was recorded in Nashville at Mark James' Centre Row Recording Studio. Mark wrote "Suspicious Minds", another famous song. The musicians on the recording were Mike Lawler (keyboard), the Memphis boys - Bobby Woods (keyboard), Reggie Young (guitar), Bobby Emmons (keyboard), Gene Christman (drums), and Mike Leech (bass). Visit their website www.memphisboys.com. These musicians also played on the album Elvis recorded at American Studios. Chips Moman, produced that great album.
I started this website because so many fans ask me where they can get a copy of the song.
My warm regards to all of you in the U.S. and around the world! Thank you for your support and encouragement all over the world. May Elvis Presley Enterprises always remember to respect the loving fans who visit Graceland.
In closing, my heart felt thanks to Tom Lunar my co-writer of this song and Chips Moman, my publisher. The Elvis Country Fan Club, my brother Sid, Mark James and the Memphis Boys.