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Page 52 of 77 51 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 Duncan, Oklahoma Elvis Presley owes a debt to a mother-son team from the small town of Duncan, a small town in southwest Oklahoma. "Hoyt Axton was born just south of Duncan," said L.D. Jones, execu- tive director of the Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau. "He and his mother, Mae Boren Axton, famously wrote the song 'Heartbreak Hotel' and gave it to Elvis. She said the song was penned in the lobby of a hotel in southwest Oklahoma. Considering that she lived in Duncan and we only had two hotels at the time, we're pretty sure they wrote the song in one of the buildings here on Main Street." That building is now a hardware store, and its exterior features a mural commemorating the town's place in pop music history. The Rhythm and Routes Mural, as it is called, has become a popular photo stop for people visiting Duncan. "It has an image of Hoyt playing guitar and an image of Mae handing the song to Elvis," Jones said. "There's also a massive image of Elvis in his costume. If you position it just right, it looks like Elvis is stepping on you." Courtesy Great Passion Play Courtesy Duncan CVB The ìRhythm and Routesî mural highlights Duncanís place in rock ëní roll history. Plan your next motor coach tour wit h someone you know … your fr iends on t he A-Team. We know tour s inside and out and can help you plan itinerar ies or suggest destinations you may not have consider ed. That 's why we'r e t he A-Team. FIND OUT MORE BY VISITING OR CALLING 1-800-872-1259. We've got you co vered.

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