Elvis Lives

During a recent visit to Memphis, Tennessee, to cover a UConn women’s basketball game, I had time to make a visit to Graceland, the iconic residence of the late Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll. I created a photo essay during my tour through the mansion using the Instagram filter and offer it here in honor of what would have been the King’s 79th birthday on January 8.

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MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A photograph of a very young Elvis Aaron Presley and his parents, Gladys and Vernon Presley, is one of many historic photos on display at Graceland.  It was taken in Presley's birthplace of Tupelo, Mississippi. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A photograph of a very young Elvis Aaron Presley and his parents, Gladys and Vernon Presley, is one of many historic photos on display at Graceland. It was taken in Presley’s birthplace of Tupelo, Mississippi. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, is a 23-room neoclassical mansion in suburban Whitehaven, just 8 miles south of downtown Memphis.  The mansion, which Presley bought in 1957 for just over $100,000, sits on 13.8 wooded acres.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, is a 23-room neoclassical mansion in suburban Whitehaven, just 8 miles south of downtown Memphis. The mansion, which Presley bought in 1957 for just over $100,000, sits on 13.8 wooded acres. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The dining room at Graceland is illuminated by a large crystal chandelier and features an oval mirrored dining room table.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The dining room at Graceland is illuminated by a large crystal chandelier and features an oval mirrored dining room table. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The ceiling and walls of the game room at Graceland are covered with colorful, pleated fabric.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The ceiling and walls of the game room at Graceland are covered with colorful, pleated fabric. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 Lisa Marie Presley's swingset still sits in the backyard at Graceland.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 Lisa Marie Presley’s swingset still sits in the backyard at Graceland. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The walls of the racketball building on the Graceland grounds are covered with Elvis memorabilia, including several performance costumes.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The walls of the racketball building on the Graceland grounds are covered with Elvis memorabilia, including several performance costumes. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A pair of Elvis Presley's white bucks are on display with other memorabilia at Graceland.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A pair of Elvis Presley’s white bucks are on display with other memorabilia at Graceland. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A young girl takes a photo with her cell phone in the Trophy Room at Graceland. The room is filled with gold and platinum records and awards from around the world.  Presley had 18 number one hits. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A young girl takes a photo with her cell phone in the Trophy Room at Graceland. The room is filled with gold and platinum records and awards from around the world. Presley had 18 number one hits. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The display cases at Graceland are full of eclectic Elvis Presley merchandise and memorabilia.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The display cases at Graceland are full of eclectic Elvis Presley merchandise and memorabilia. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The giftshop at Graceland sells personalized mugs with Elvis's image.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 The giftshop at Graceland sells personalized mugs with Elvis’s image. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A 1971 Stutz Blackhawk is one of several cars on display at Elvis Presley's automobile museum at Graceland. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A 1971 Stutz Blackhawk is one of several cars on display at Elvis Presley’s automobile museum at Graceland. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 Visitors to Graceland take photos of Elvis Presley's gravesite in the Meditation Garden.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 Visitors to Graceland take photos of Elvis Presley’s gravesite in the Meditation Garden. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 Elvis Presley's gravesite is located in the Meditation Garden on the grounds of Graceland.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 Elvis Presley’s gravesite is located in the Meditation Garden on the grounds of Graceland. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A ghost-like image of Elvis is visible between two of his famous white studded performance outfits at Graceland. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MEMPHIS, TN 01/03/14 A ghost-like image of Elvis is visible between two of his famous white studded performance outfits at Graceland. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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