Elvis Aaron Presley is an American music icon. He changed the music industry forever. Although he died in 1977 – over 40 years ago – thousands of people travel to his home in Memphis every day. Graceland, named after the home’s first owner, is a showcase of Elvis’s lifestyle.


The famous jungle room, filled with Hawaiian-style decor and carpeted ceiling.

The game room with yards and yards of pleated fabric on the walls.

The full-sized racketball court and lounge.

Horse stables and acres of pasture.

The basement media room with a full bar and a drop-down movie screen.

Jungle Room
Media Room

It seems like Graceland is a perfect example of opulence, but I saw a place where a man wanted to create an environment for his friends and family to come, hang out, and enjoy life. Whenever he was home, Elvis was surrounded by friends. Throughout the tour, I heard Priscilla Presley talk about the fun they had in their home at Graceland. Elvis honored his parents by giving them the biggest bedroom suite. His love for family and friends is evident in everything – the golf carts, horses, music, and food.

The Museum

I was never a huge Elvis fan, but I am now after visiting Graceland and the HUGE museum across the street. He poured his soul into performing. It’s a tragedy and a loss for music fans everywhere that he died so young.

After watching the new Elvis movie with Tom Hanks (boy did he play a despicable character), I am saddened by the way Elvis was used by those who were supposed to be his friends. To his manager, The Colonel, Elvis was the goose that laid the golden egg. He was a commodity. The Colonel used him up and when Elvis died, afterward he had nothing.

In addition to so many of our music icons who died too young, Elvis will live on in our memories as one of the music industry’s greatest of all time.