Robert Plant Honors Priscilla Presley In Memphis
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Robert Plant honored the wife of Elvis Presley for her efforts in preserving Elvis Presley’s house Graceland. Priscilla Presley was given this acknowledgement by Plant last September 15 during her induction ceremony at the 2022 Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
Plant described Graceland as “a hallmark and a touchstone for the many millions of that extended family, that never-ending worldwide family” of which he is a part. Plant continued:
“I’m British, and we have a fascination with the music of this specific city and its environs and further down in the Mississippi Delta.
“Here in Memphis, excitement and unparalleled expression rose above the constraints and the infamy of the times. Here in Memphis, the sounds of Clarksdale, Jackson, Tunica and the Delta collided with unholy abandon, with the hillbilly two-step. Here in Memphis, where trailblazing Blacks and whites worked under cover of night at Sam Phillips to forge the beat that created a new world of music…”
“Like so many people from all walks of life, tonight I feel like a part of one big extended family.
“We’re bound together by the energy of the beat from long ago that was driven with stunning conviction and abandon by the man that you, Priscilla, knew so well.
“Once upon a time many years ago I shared a little time and space with Elvis…”
The singer ended:
“He was interested, which is something special, funny, and deep into the roots from whence he arrived from the blues, the Blacks and the whites. I’m sure, like I am, tonight he would be pleased and honored to see you recognized by 21st century Memphis.”