If Elvis Presley were alive 8 January, 2016 he would be celebrating his birthday in grand style with lots of cake, family and friends. The King of rock’n’roll died the 16th of August, 1977 at the age of 42 in his legendary mansion, Graceland. Graceland, his last home located in Memphis, TN, is now the home of his memories, memorabilia and his now famous costumes.
He was a magnificent showman, known for well put together concerts, karate moves along side his early form of shuck and jive. Swivel hips and high kicks were easy to do in just the right duds, and Elvis knew how to wear and create just the snazziest wearables for those snappy shenanigans.
The phases of costumes he wore are delicately displayed on the grounds in well preserved glass cases. As visitors meander through the home (open to the public only on the first floor and basement areas), the garage, grounds and working area Elvis felt comfortable in are open for viewing and a fantastic look into his private life.
While visiting, you’re constantly reminded not to lean on the walls, touch the banisters and DO NOT go up the stairs to the second floor. The second floor is where the remaining family members frequent the home and reside when visiting. Upstairs is also where The King passed away and remains secured from public view.
Outside in the yard there is a detailed tombstone with Elvis Presley’s name on it, surrounded by Japanese styled lanterns and well manicured landscaping. A giant stone cross is part of the remembrance garden and a highlight of the garden. A tour of his plane and the Graceland store will round out the visit as the tour bus picks you up and brings you back to the entrance.
When eciting the welcome center and walking across the wooden bridge and out of Graceland, don’t forget to look down and view all of the writings, love notes and epitaphs fans wrote over the years. Remembrance festivals are held all over the world this weekend to commemorate the life and accomplishments of this famous musician.
Elvis Presley, you will always be the King of rock’n’roll!