Graceland, Memphis, 1999

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.

(L) The ticket stub… the audio tour fee was US$10 per adult; (R) About to embark on the tour.

As visitors entered the mansion, the first thing we saw was the baby photo of Lisa Marie; (#1) The all-white living room, adjacent is the music room where a grand piano is; (#11) The Record Room which houses Elvis’s collection of awards and recognition, including one presented to him by BMG Malaysia, date unspecified.

As visitors entered the mansion, the first thing we saw was the baby photo of Lisa Marie; (#1) The all-white living room, adjacent is the music room where a grand piano is; (#11) The Record Room which houses Elvis’s collection of awards and recognition, including one presented to him by BMG Malaysia, date unspecified.

(#10) The highlight of the tour is Elvis’s trophy building which houses his enormous collection of gold records and awards along with an extensive display of personal momentos, jewellery, photographs and much more.

(#10) The highlight of the tour is Elvis’s trophy building which houses his enormous collection of gold records and awards along with an extensive display of personal momentos, jewellery, photographs and much more.

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.

(#9) The tour continued to Vernon Presley’s office where he managed his son’s business and attended to fan mails. Next to it is the racquetball building.

(#9) The tour continued to Vernon Presley’s office where he managed his son’s business and attended to fan mails. Next to it is the racquetball building.

(#13) A stable within the mansion grounds with horses; (#12) The Meditation Garden.

(#13) A stable within the mansion grounds with horses; (#12) The Meditation Garden.

The tour concluded with a quiet visit to the Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family were laid to rest, including his grandmother Minnie Mae and parents, Gladys and Vernon.

(L) Mail from Graceland! (R) Sincerely Elvis is an exhibit, self-guided tour that offers an intimate look at Elvis Presley, rare home movie clips, family photos, offstage clothing and home furnishings, his hobbies and interests.

(L) Mail from Graceland! (R) Sincerely Elvis is an exhibit, self-guided tour that offers an intimate look at Elvis Presley, rare home movie clips, family photos, offstage clothing and home furnishings, his hobbies and interests.

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.”

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