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Reported by Ben Watson

New exhibits open at Graceland

Today Elvis fans are all shook up over two new exhibits at Graceland.

One celebrates the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's induction into the Army. The other a television special.

Action News Five's Ben Watson got a first-hand look at both and joins us now live in the studio.

The first new exhibit is called "Private Presley" and it gives fans a rare behind the scenes look at Elvis after he was drafted into the Army 50 years ago.

 "I like to see his life every part of his life," fan Andrea Stegeman said.

Stegeman is from Germany and remembers how fans reacted when they learned the U.S. Army stationed Elvis there.
"I don't care where you are from you have to dance you have to move if you here his rhythm (laugh)if you hear his music you must dance you cannot stay still," Stegeman said.

This Private Presley exhibit shows everything from what the King of Rock and Roll wore to Army maneuvers.

You can also see rare memorabilia of Elvis movies and albums that were released while he served overseas.

Interviews with Pricilla Presley tell about how the couple met in Germany.  There are also rare photographs of the King's mom and dad.

Just a short distance away, another exhibit commemorates the famous comeback TV special that aired on NBC in 1968.

"The show itself marked the first time Elvis had appeared live on stage in almost 8 years and it ended up being kind of a catapult between Elvis movie career of the 60s and to the concert career of the 70's," Angie Marchese of Graceland said.

Entitled Elvis 68, the exhibit contained everything from the clothes the King wore on stage to the special tickets to the event.

At the time this special aired it became the highest rated TV special in NBC's history.

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