Marty Stuart Celebrates Elvis' Birthday

This appeared on - January 8, 2010

Elvis' 75th birthday celebration started off Friday (January 8) with famous faces and loud cheers.

Marty Stuart joined the festivities as the Tupelo Convention and Visitor's Bureau unveiled two special exhibits.

First was the king of rock n' rolls "Chain Jumpsuit." Worn in "Elvis: That's The Way It Is," the jumpsuit is on loan to the CVB by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Also unveiled Friday morning was Stuart's "Pilgrim" suit and cape.

The country music singer and Philadelphia, Mississippi native says he's flattered to be honored next to Elvis.

"It goes across genres - it's not just country, rock n' roll or gospel," Stuart said after the unveiling. "In my case, you know, route eight, Philadelphia, Mississippi. We'd go watch Elvis on the movie screen, play his guitar and shake and the girls would like him and I thought 'I can do that.' He gave me hope that I could get out and do something with my dreams and to this very day he's still the man that we all defer to."

More jumpsuits and musical memorabilia can be seen at the Tupelo Automobile Museum.

The Sparkle and Twang: Marty Stuart's American Musical Odyssey exhibit features personal items of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline, Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, of course Marty Stuart and many other music icons.

The exhibit opened Friday, in honor of Elvis' birthday, and will be on display through June.

Marty Stuart will be live in concert Friday evening (January 8) at the Link Centre.

By Christin Jackson

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