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Eye Candy (4) for Elvis Fans

I think this is a very cool image, but you’ll never guess where it came from. It is a Christmas tree topper. I blanked out the spiral wire thing that attaches it to the tree.

 

 

We started the last Eye Candy with Fozie Elvis, Now it is Gonzo’s turn. There are more Muppets/Elvis to show someday.

 

I wonder if Scotty Moore’s wife knew he climbed on the roof of her car to tie down gear for road trips. I’ve read that this was primarily for Bill Black’s bass, but I don’t see it here. It looks like DJ is the one in the white shirt, but is the third guy Bill Black or Gordon Stoker?

 

This is the first of a three-picture sequence. We can see the Graceland music room in the background, then the living room, and an open front door. Now let’s step back a whole lot and get a long view.

 

You can easily see that this image was taken from the far end of the dining room. At the other end of the shot, it’s a little hard to see, but you can pick up the piano and stained-glass peacocks of the music room. We really can’t see the living room because of all the boxes in front of it. Here’s what the Graceland foyer looks like without them.

 

The boxes in the previous picture are Christmas decorations, presumably brought in from off-site and stacked in the foyer. I’m sure a crew of many folks got right to work getting Graceland into the Christmas spirit.

 

Speaking of Christmas, this is a very obscure holiday video done in Claymation style. It’s VHS, but I still have a player hooked up and watch every year without fail. The reason I like it so much is that the “Reindeer who saved Christmas” is named Elvis. And he sings in a group of three reindeer. There’s even a scene that seems to have been inspired by the weird dream sequence in Live A Little, Love A Little.

 

In Follow That Sleigh, a little boy looks into Santa’s sack of toys and falls in. And, like Elvis did, he freefalls and has a bunch of weird stuff going on when he lands. If you can find this video, buy it. It’s a trip.

 

 

This is stupid. A company makes a dish towel with Elvis’ image on it. That’s bad enough.  Then they market it with a picture of the towel not flat and smooth, and Elvis looks like his face is melting or something. Yeah, that’s gonna entice Elvis fans to buy it.

 

Here’s a way we’d rather see Elvis. Although, I wished they had Photoshopped the crown on an older Elvis. He looks more like a Prince here.

 

Another Elvis the King image. This looks like graffiti on a brick wall, but it’s actually cropped off a T-shirt. I won’t have another Elvis T-shirt review until next summer, so I’m using it here.

 

From bad to good to bad. This came from an old issue of Mad magazine. Here’s another Mad image relevant to Elvis fans, but at first glance, you will say “What????”

 

This was an illustration from a 1956 story about riotous rock and rollin’ teenagers. Elvis is in the top left corner.

 

 

There are two swooning fans with Elvis messages on their shirts.

 

And there are two Elvis records with slightly altered titles (to keep them out of copyright trouble, I guess).

 

 

How do you like this Elvis Kaleidoscope image? My dad used to make kaleidoscopes and sell them at craft fairs, but I never thought to ask him if he could make an Elvis one.

 

We’ll finish with a shot from 1961 that shows how the area across from Graceland has changed drastically (twice).

 

This is the original guard house. It’s certainly not the kind of structure Graceland has now with hundreds of thousands of people visiting every year.

 

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Graceland Quiz – What Room are These Items In?

Decorations in TV Room at Elvis' Graceland

Graceland.com has started an interesting video series called Hidden Graceland. If you haven’t watched the first two installments, I recommend that you do. Very interesting stuff.

The above knick-knacks are decorations at the bar in the famous downstairs TV room. Let’s see if you can figure out in what room some other items can be found. Some will be easy, others will be impossible, but you will enjoy learning about them.

Lamp In Elvis' Graceland Living Room

If you scroll down, you will learn that this lamp is located in the….

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Elvis on Couch in Geaceland Living Room

Graceland Living Room

 

Now for something a little more difficult.

Elvis' Desk in his Bedroom suite office (2)

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Bedroom Suite Office in Elvis' Graceland

Office in Bedroom Suite

Map of Upstairs at Elvis' Graceland

The desk is oriented differently in Elvis’ office in this schematic of Graceland’s upper floor. The oval in the bathroom shows where Elvis died. The room at the top is labelled Ginger’s dressing room, so this layout must have been drawn in 1976-77. Also, note that there are stairs going down to the front entrance and to the kitchen.

 

Couches in Elvis' Graceland Raquet Ball Lounge

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Raquet Ball Lounge in Elvis' Graceland

Raquet Ball Lounge

Note the piano. How many do you think there were at Graceland?

This should be easy.

Chandalier above The Front Entrance Stairs

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Front Entrance Stairway at Elvis' Graceland

Front Entrance Stairway

 

 

Furniture in Elvis' Parents' Room in Graceland

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Elvis' Parents' Room in Graceland

Gladys and Vernon’s Bedroom

 

Dining Room Cabinet

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Graceland Dining Room

Graceland Dining Room

The dining room wasn’t always this elegant. Check it out back in the early 60s with young Priscilla in view.

Priscilla in the Graceland Dining Room Mid 60s

 

This may be a tough one.

Staircase in Elvis' Graceland Jungle Room

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Strange Chair in Elvis' Graceland Jungle Room

Jungle Room (not sure where the steps go)

 

Here’s another interesting object found in the Jungle Room.

Model in Jungle Room at Elvis' Graceland

Not Photoshopped. She was really there, but not when Elvis was alive.

 

If you miss this, you haven’t taken the Graceland tour.

Chairs and Table in Elvis' Graceland Pool Room

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Elvis' Graceland Pool Room

Pool Room

 

Monkey in Elvis' Graceland TV Room

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TV Room in Elvis' Graceland

TV Room

 

Here’s a bonus picture of something else in the TV room.

Elvis' Records in TV Room at Elvis' Graceland

Elvis’ Phonograph Records

 

This is one of the impossible ones I mentioned at the start.

Storage Room off TV Room at Elvis' Graceland

It is in one of the storage rooms off the TV room.

Christmas Decorations

It mostly stores Christmas decorations now, but back in the 70s, Charlie Hodge lived there for a while.

TV Room in Basement of Elvis' Graceland

In the upper right, the room is marked Bodyguard’s Room. I see an adjacent bathroom with a toilet and sink. I wonder where Charlie showered.

 

Projection TV in Elvis' Graceland Jungle Room

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Jungle Room in Elvis' Graceland

Jungle Room (Projection TV not there now)

 

Light Fixtures in Elvis' Graceland Kitchen

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Kitchen in Elvis' Graceland

Graceland Kitchen

 

How did you do on the Graceland Quiz? We may try this again. By my count, Elvis had three pianos in Graceland: the living room, the bedroom, and the racquetball lounge.

 

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