Graceland

Elvis Presley, The King of Rock 'n' Roll

Elvis Presley, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Patricia and I grew up in the 50’s. I can remember sitting on the living room floor watching the Ed Sullivan show in black and white, on a round TV screen, watching a young Elvis Presley perform for the very first time on national TV. I wish I could say it seems like yesterday but it doesn’t. It was a long time ago.

I’ve always been an Elvis fan and have enjoyed most of his music. He was perhaps the greatest entertainer of our time, and in spite of his fame and fortune, Elvis was a decent human being and very grateful for all he had. He was drafted into the army and went willingly to serve his county. Muhammad Ali did not. That says a lot about who he was.

Graceland is a walk back in history displayed in settings and venues that showcase the brilliant and natural talents Presley had as a singer and performer, including his personal life, starting as a young boy from humble beginnings to a worldwide superstar. The tour is well organized and nicely done. We are glad we went.

I found what’s now called the trophy room, once an indoor handball court building behind the main house, built by Elvis when he was interested in the sport, the most interesting of all. Elvis’ Gold and Platinum record awards where mounted there on the fifteen foot high walls, floor to ceiling, numbering in the hundreds, along with some of the costumes he wore. They were displayed in showcases glamorizing the glitter and pomp of the TV and Las Vegas shows he did which were seen by millions of people all over the world. Elvis was an icon, a one of a kind entertainer that we will never see again.

Elvis Presley died at his home called Graceland on August 16, 1977. His parents Gladys and Vernon Presley, and his grandmother, are also buried there in what is called the Meditation Garden. A memorial gravestone for Presley’s twin brother, Jesse Garon, who died at birth, is also at the site.

This being the anniversary of this death, we saw flower arrangements placed near the graves from all over the world: Japan, Germany, Sweden, Korea, and South Africa to name a few. Elvis was and will always be the King of Rock’n’Roll …

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