NO VISIT TO Memphis is complete without checking out Graceland, Elvis Presley’s beloved home. On 19th September 1999, we stepped into the home of the “King of Rock & Roll” in which he stayed from the spring of 1957 to August 1977.
We spent about two hours there touring his elegant mansion… “from the cool elegance of the all-white living room to the playful décor of his famous jungle room” (as described by its brochure) and got a glimpse of his private life in Graceland.
The tour also took us to: (#2) Elvis’s parents bedroom in 1957-58, till Gladys passed away in 1959. Purple was her favourite colour; (#3) The dining room where they used to eat dinner as late as 9:15pm; (#4) The kitchen described as the “heart of Graceland”; (#5) The entertainment room with 3 of the 14 TV sets in the mansion; (#6) The pool room; (#7) The jungle room; and (#8) The back yard.
The information for most captions are sourced from Elvis Presley’s Graceland brochure. The brochure also highlighted “Elvis Week” where “… Each year, in the week surrounding the anniversary of Elvis’s death Aug 16, there is a full week of activities and events at Graceland and all over the city. The week features concerts, dances, conventions and dozens of other events attended by fans and media from around the world. The annual candlelight vigil is held on Aug 15.”