Take a trip to Memphis, where the spirit of Elvis Presley lives on. Many landmarks of Elvis’ Memphis have been lovingly preserved by his eternal fans, while others are now only distant memories.
In the summer of 1953, 18-year-old Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio with the cheap guitar his parents bought him from a hardware store for his 11th birthday. He paid about $4 to record 2 songs, excited to hear the sound of his own voice for the first time. Sun Studio’s owner, Sam Phillips, later paired Elvis with 2 local musicians to record his first single. An “x” now marks the spot on the floor where the King recorded his first record. 960 1280
In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved from Tupelo, MS to Memphis in search of a better life. They lived in this low-income housing project until 1952, where they paid $35 per month in rent. Elvis would practice in the basement laundry room and play music for residents in the communal courtyard. For the full Elvis experience, visitors can now stay overnight in “The Elvis Suite,” the Presley’s former home. 960 1280
In 1957, after a year of incredible record sales and a box office hit (Love Me Tender), Elvis bought Graceland for $102,500. He moved in with his parents and grandmother. Today, the King’s former residence is the most popular tourist attraction in Memphis and one of the most visited houses in the US. 960 1280
Even after becoming famous Elvis would hang out at the Arcade Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Memphis. To really channel your inner King, plop down on the very same booth cushions that Presley would sit on while sipping his malts. 960 1280
idea_ss_elvis_001_596x334On December 21, 1970, Elvis made a bizarre visit to the White House to meet with President Richard M. Nixon. While there, he expressed his patriotism and his contempt for the hippie drug culture, accused The Beatles of fomenting anti-Americanism, and asked Nixon for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge. 960 1280
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