Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Elvis left the building 34 years ago

The Three Kings in Tupelo, Mississippi, his hometown.

The front steps of Graceland in Memphis. Can't remember who took this picture...maybe Priscilla?

His grave at Graceland.

We stayed at the official Heartbreak Hotel across the street from Graceland. Here are the luxurious quarters.

Tupelo, Mississippi.

His boyhood church outhouse, Tupelo (handicapped accessible).

His birth home.

The magnificent Nina gives a tour of the interior.

Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis' Mama bought him his first guitar at age 10. That's Howard, pointing to the duct tape X where Elvis and Mrs. Presley stood.

This picture is probably the most requested photo from the National Archives in Washington, DC.

And finally, some items from the awesome Bonanza Gift Shop in Las Vegas.

Elvis Presley died on this day in 1977. I remember seeing the report on the 6:30 evening news in our cabin on our portable black and white Zenith TV that my family brought with us to Cape Cod on our summer vacation. I also remember Groucho Marx died on the same day and I was actually more "shook up" about his passing than Elvis's. We've seen quite a bit of Elvis on our road trips over the years, so here's a look back. Just our way of saying "thanka, thanka verra much".


Amber Von Felts said...

Nice homage to the King. I would love to visit Graceland. The lil' house and outhouse are really cool. I'm glad those were preserved for posterity!

Bill said...

If Priscilla didn't take that fine photo..... maybe JR took it, (before he was shot) during a visit to Priscilla while they were on hiatus from Dallas..... Just a guess.

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Bill: Could have also been Leslie Nielsen, on hiatus from "The Naked Gun" with Priscilla.

Bill said...

Naked gun..... Man, we are overlooking the obvious.


Tom Hoffman said...

Graceland is one thing, but I don't understand all the Elvis museums that probably have no real connection to the man. Gatlinburg TN and Niagara Falls NY, for two.