Elvis to get Country Music Trail marker

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mississippi’s Country Music Trail will make a stop at the Elvis Presley Birthplace on Thursday.
It’s one of two special events planned for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s birthplace. Tuesday, June 7, will be the 40th anniversary of the birthplace’s opening.
Let’s start with Thursday: At 3 p.m., fans and representatives from the Mississippi heritage trail program will be on hand to honor Elvis’ contribution to country music.
“He did lots of country songs,” said Blair Hill, assistant director of the birthplace. “‘Help Me Make it Through the Night,’ ‘Guitar Man.’ What are some others? ‘Green Green Grass of Home,’ ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart.’ ‘Old Shep’ is one. He’s world famous for ‘Old Shep.’”
A blues marker is already in place at the site, and there are plans to install a gospel marker in the future.
“We’re not sure where to put the gospel marker yet,” Hill said. “We know where the country marker will go. The post is already in the ground.”
Refreshments will be served during Thursday’s event, and everyone’s invited.
The same can be said for 3 p.m. June 7, during the 40th anniversary of the birthplace’s opening.
“It was first opened on June 7, 1971,” Hill said.
Members of the East Tupelo Garden Club, who took part in the house’s original restoration, will attend the anniversary.
“We’ll have pictures from 1971,” Hill added.

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.