BONN, Germany (AFP) - The two years that Elvis Presley spent in Germany as the most famous GI in history are the subject of a new exhibition opening here on Sunday. The organisers are putting on show 300 items from Presley's stay in Friedberg, which left the sleepy town "All Shook Up", to quote one of the King's best-known songs.
Fans can see the military-issue bag Elvis was carrying when he arrived in the northern port of Bremerhaven in 1958 to begin his military service, the partially reconstructed barracks hut where he had his regulation army haircut, or the pink Cadillac he drove on days off.The exhibition also highlights that Germany played an important role in Presley's life -- it was there that he met Priscilla, his future wife and the mother of his only child, Lisa Marie. Presley even moved his father and his grandmother into a house in Bad Neuheim, a small town near to the military camp where he was stationed. The deputy mayor of Friedberg, Michael Keller, recalled earlier this year how Presley's arrival electrified the locals. "It was rock 'n' roll and the PX shops with American products and a whole new image for Friedberg -- very exciting," he said.