Elvis: The Man and the Music

Whether or not you’re an Elvis fan, you will be after touring Graceland. We walked across the street from our RV campground to visit the King of Rock and Roll. The tour was very well done, with audio headsets to tell the story of Elvis’ life and describe the mansion, the car gallery and his private jet, as well as several museums. Elvis was an gifted singer, performer, innovator and a generous benefactor of many charities.

Elvis bought the Graceland mansion and 14 acres at age 22 for $102,000 in 1957. The most famous room is the Jungle Room, with shag carpet, strange animal carved chairs and fake fur covering even the lamp shades!

The Jungle Room at Graceland

Elvis was the best selling solo artist in history. In America alone, Elvis had 150 different albums and singles that are certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum. Here are two of Elvis’ trophy rooms in his Graceland mansion.

One of the trophy rooms at Graceland

Another trophy room lined with gold records

My favorite song is Hound Dog (of course)! Here’s me standing in front of one of the displays that shows the Steve Allen show where they had Elvis sing to a hound dog vs. having him do his famous hip gyrations that were creating such controversy!

Theresa admiring Hound Dog

Elvis even had a jet, which he named after his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Here’s Timm standing below it.

Timm with the Lisa Marie jet

Elvis was also very philanthropic, giving away great sums to charity. The only awards ceremony he ever attended was when he was nominated as one of the country’s Outstanding Young Men by the Jaycees in 1971. Elvis died in 1977 of heart failure, likely due to prolonged prescription drug abuse. Over 80,000 people attended the viewing of his casket. He’s buried at Graceland, the place where he was the most happy, where he lived, loved and played with his family and friends.

Elvis' grave at Graceland

Source: Theresa’s recollection from the tour and facts checked via Wikipedia and the official Elvis website.  Pictures taken by Timm and Theresa Martin.

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