Elvis Presley's Graceland : News and Articles
Elvis and his parents called Graceland home for the remainder of their lifetimes. Also resident at Graceland was Elvis' maternal grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley, who outlived her son, daughter-in-law and grandson, passing away on May 8, 1980 at the age of 86. Vernon's sister, Delta, also lived at Graceland for a number of years.
Memphis, Tennessee, wasn't just Elvis' home; it was also his stage.
From small clubs to large coliseums, Elvis performed in many different Bluff City venues throughout his career. Recently we looked at the Presley family's Tupelo and Memphis homes and apartments
. This week, let's look at a few of the Memphis venues where Elvis wowed his fans. Elvis' career started small, with gigs at the Bel-Air Club and the Bon Air Club. But his first official billed performance was on July 30, 1954
, at the Overton Park Shell.
A man's home is his castle - and so Graceland is definitely the king's castle.
But for about the first half of his life, Elvis and his family had many other home sweet homes. The family moved often in both Tupelo and Memphis, and lived in many different houses and apartment complexes. Before Elvis ever crossed the gates of Graceland, he called many other places from Tupelo to Memphis 'home'.
Decades after the death of Elvis Presley, all indications show that America's greatest music legend's legacy is becoming even stronger. The release of another commemorative stamp
, new albums
, international recognition and new generations of Presley fans are key indicators, but the biggest hint comes from what is happening in Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis experienced a rare snowstorm last night that allowed the E-crew of Elvis Presley Enterprises to get some amazing drone footage of Graceland
decorated in the beautiful snowfall. The result is absolutely beyond words. How we wish that Elvis could have seen all that beauty in the Winter Wonderland clip.
The Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved a proposal from Elvis Presley Enterprises to build a 450-room hotel on the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as the historic Graceland
On November 23, 1976 at Graceland
, Memphis tennessee, Elvis' cousin Harold Loyd
, the night guard at graceland, called the police complaining of a drunk, pisto wielding man blocking the gates at Elvis Presley's home in a brand new white lincoln continental. Police approached the car cautiously, when they got to the open driver's side window, they found that the man was Jerry Lee Lewis ...
Elvis passed away 36 years ago today. I was only nine years old at the time, but I was already a fan and I remember it well. Throughout my life, I've always done something to note the day. I'd watch an Elvis special on TV, or listen to some of his music. This year, it feels different. Though I am not at Graceland for 'Elvis Week', this was the year I finally got down there. I stood on one of the same stages where he first performed and in the same room where he first recorded. I saw his home, his cars and his airplanes and met one of his best friends. I placed a flower on his grave as a gesture of thanks, for not only his music, but for all of rock music. I paid my respects to The King. These are the types of experiences you can have when you visit Memphis. If you are a fan of Elvis Presley, you should really try to visit Memphis. You need to go to Graceland.
The key figures in opening Graceland to the public recently sat down with the Associated Press to talk about preserving the legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. In an exclusive interview, Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. CEO Jack Soden talked about opening Graceland to the public and the success they've seen since the first day in 1982.
When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later
, the house where Elvis Presley
once lived is a money-making business that's helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.
Ruth Cobb is one of the few people outside Elvis Presley's family to visit the upstairs of Graceland. It was before it opened as a tourist attraction, and Cobb, who lived there before Elvis, soon learned her old upstairs bedroom had been turned into a music room. She had grown up at Graceland as an only child. When she married Charles Cobb, they remained at Graceland with her parents at first while Ruth toured the country as part of a professional harp ensemble. Her father, Dr. Thomas Moore, was a prominent surgeon and urologist.