There were very few places on Earth where Elvis Presley could be himself. One of the most important places was his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee. The outside world constantly wanted a piece of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but inside the confines of Graceland, Elvis was safe. He was even more secure in his restricted rooms on the upper floors, which were accessible only by invitation from Elvis.
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Elvis’ girlfriend Ginger Alden revealed closure weekly When Elvis played the organ in his office upstairs he wore a jewel robe. “It was the soft pink, indirect lighting that was left on. It was magical,” she said.
Visitors could access those upper rooms only by invitation from Elvis. Another Elvis girlfriend, Linda Thompson, who lived with him at Graceland from 1972 to 1976, says his bedroom was “black, red, and gold. … No more—the windows were never opened.” He also kept his rooms cool enough to hang meat. Lisa- Mary, Elvis’ daughter, slept next door.
“He and I spent a lot of time together upstairs. That part of Graceland is basically his room and my room,” said Lisa Marie. “He had put a small chair in my room, and [we’d watch] TV.”
Graceland opened for tours in 1982, but the upstairs was never open to the public, just as it was off-limits when Elvis was alive. Lisa-Marie has kept everything about her father’s rooms as it was on the day of his death in 1977. The last record he played on his turntable still stands, a recording by JD Sumner and Stamp. “Books, videos, everything is still there. The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Pink PantherBruce Lee – all his videos,” said Lisa Marie. “It’s a beautiful sadness. [But] It gives me a lot of comfort.”
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Elvis may have bought Graceland for his parents in 1956, but the house has become synonymous with him and his larger-than-life music career. Leaving all the baggage of being one of the world’s most iconic figures at the door, Elvis could be himself.
“It was a safe place, he knew the staff, and he had everything he needed there,” a family insider told Closer Weekly. “If he wanted to see anyone, they would have come to him.”
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Lisa Marie says her father used to take her out for late night rides in a gifted golf cart. “He was surprisingly funny and mischievous,” she said. “Not a single bad memory. There was always a lot of energy and life in the house.”
A friend said, “Graceland cherishes all the memories he cherished the most for his ex-wife, Priscilla, their daughter and their mother.” “He used to walk around the field, and he loved watching television in his lovely jungle room.”
One thing is for sure; You don’t have to go upstairs to feel Elvis’ presence in Graceland. It is like a perfectly placed time capsule.