Featured in the video news story recap from Fox 13 Memphis by Reporter, Scott Madaus are: Elvis' Nurse Marian Cocke from 1975 until 1977, Writer and Producer: William Bryan of the upcoming Elvis short film "Nobody", and Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville; President, Caroline Pratt.
A Proclamation Ceremony was held on the Graceland grounds with CEO Jack Soden and Graceland Staff, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr, Shelby County Mayor Mark H Luttrell, and former United States President George W. Bush's Daughter; Reporter, Jenna Bush Hager from NBC's The Today Show. Also appearing at the ceremony were 1950's TV personality and friend to Elvis, Wink Martindale and Knox Phillips, the son of Sun Records Founder, Sam Phillips, and Elvis YouTube sensation David Thibault!
Jan 08, 2014
By Scott Madaus
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -Hundreds of fans and friends gathered Wednesday at Graceland to celebrate Elvis Presley's 79th birthday, who was born Jan. 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Miss.
Marian Cocke, Elvis' personal nurse, comes back to Graceland mansion she calls a home away from home several times a year. She remembers a man that so many admired, but a man she called a friend.
"I remember so well one night he said, 'Ms. Cocke, do you think that people will remember me?,'" Cocke said. "I said, 'Oh yeah, honey they're going to remember you.'"
And remember they did, and continue to do.
"I feel special and it's wonderful," said Caroline Pratt, Elvis fan. "It just makes me go crazy."
On this 79th birthday of Elvis hundreds of fans came to Graceland to share their stories and also have a shot at a piece of his birthday cake, made by "Cakes By Mom and Me" in West Memphis, Ark.
For filmmaker William Bryan, he says he's been coming to Graceland for 10 years, and feels a special connection.
"You really do feel this sense of community, like your home away from home," Bryan said.
Meanwhile up on stage was Canadian singer David Thibault, who you might recognize him from his You Tube video that went viral as he sang Elvis. Thibault was standing to former President George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, and sang happy birthday to The King.
Just as many people will keep this memory of Elvis' 79th birthday in their hearts.
Cocke's memories, while a little more personal, will span the rest of time.
"People always ask me what is the nicest gift Elvis ever gave you," she said. "We were sitting up in the room one night and Elvis reached over and put his hand on my knee, and he said, 'Ms. Cocke you're one of the few people I know who's never asked anything of me but friendship.' That meant more to me than any gift he ever gave me."
Presley recorded his first song, "That's All Right," at Sun Studio in 1954. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the recording and the first radio airplay of the single by disc jockey Dewey Phillips on the "Red, Hot, and Blue" show.