The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums

Elvis Presley

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Elvis Aaron Presley (1935 – 1977) was an American singer, songwriter and actor. Elvis is one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll”, or simply “the King”.  The The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a number of historical exhibits dedicated to Elvis Presley’s influential role in the history of music.

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1963 Gibson Electric Guitar EBS 1250

The electric guitar above is a 1963 Gibson EBS 1250, which was used by Elvis in the film “Spinout”. Elvis liked the guitar and he brought it for his personal use. This Gibson Guitar has a six-string bass which is rare.

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Elvis Presley Suite, 1968

This Elvis Presley Suit was designed by Bill Belew in 1968, but was never worn on screen. Elvis ended up wearing a gold jacket with black pants ensemble for the “1968 Comeback Special” which scored the year’s highest ratings for NBC.

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Elvis Presley Custom Motorcycle

This custom three wheel motorcycle was owned and driven by Elvis Presley.  Built in 1975 by Supercycles of Memphis Tennessee, it features a 65bhp 1600cc Volkswagen engine.

Essential Facts:

  • Name:     Elvis Aron Presley
  • Born:       1935 – Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
  • Died:       1977 (aged 42) – Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Resting place:       Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Musical Genres:
    • Rock and roll
    • Pop
    • Rockabilly
    • Country
    • Blues
    • Gospel
    • Rhythm and blues
  • Instruments:       Vocals, guitar, piano
  • Museums:            Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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“Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.” Elvis Presley

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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons