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Audobon Drive House Abandoned

April 28, 2007 | Other
On the cover of the new released book 'Follo Me To Tennessee', we'll see a picture of the house on Audobon Drive. Visitors of the first house that Elvis ever bought are seeing a completely abandoned site. After the divorce of the last owners Cindy Hazen and Mike Freeman, there is a law procedure going own about the ownership of the property. A succesvol auction on Ebay has been dismissed. The empty house looks now very sadly in this residential neighbourhood.
MR61 wrote on April 28, 2007
Whats happened to the gate or should it be like that ps I thought uri the spoon bender bought this house any body know the storie
XXX wrote on April 28, 2007
Looks like Uri Gella has had a good rub of them old gates already?
stanton wrote on April 28, 2007
I thought the spoon bender had to give it back again, because the auction he bought it on wasn`t quiet legal or something? Who knows the right story? It would interest me, because this is also another part I don`t understand: why does EPE not go ahead and purchaise all these important things left behind in Elvis` Life Journey and expose it - restored - to the public. Not only Graceland, but also all the other attractions would be a great thing to visit for any Elvis Fan around the world. Can`t be because of lack of money?!
Teacher wrote on April 28, 2007
Commercial Appeal, October 6, 2006 Nashville record producer Mike Curb is donating $5 million to create The Mike Curb Institute for Music, to "focus on the miracle of Memphis and music in Tennessee." The institute at Rhodes College will be patterned after music institutes already endowed by Curb at Vanderbilt, Belmont and Fisk universities, with courses dealing in everything from music history to the business of music. Curb, one of the most prolific music producers in the business, began laying the groundwork for the institute in June, when he paid $1 million to buy the house once owned by Elvis Presley at 1034 Audubon Drive. Presley and his family lived there for about a year before Elvis' growing celebrity forced him to move to the more secluded Graceland mansion in 1957. "Once we get the Elvis Presley house renovated, that will definitely be a part of this institute," said Curb, who toured the Audubon house Wednesday and said he learned "Elvis used one room in the home as a studio where he rehearsed some of his early signature songs." Curb said he already has closed on the home and foresees no interference by a lawsuit filed by celebrity psychic Uri Geller and two partners who had bid on the home in an eBay auction. When the closing was delayed, the owners sold the Audubon house to Curb. The music producer said he attended California State University and would love to have studied the music industry at the time. "I couldn't because there were no music programs. Now it's wonderful to give back," he said, by funding music study programs. "This is a miracle, and by studying that miracle students may find that they want to be involved in it." Before buying the Elvis home, Curb had funded a music institute at Belmont University, once headed by Rhodes College president Dr. William E. Troutt. Troutt said the new institute at Rhodes will work closely with other Memphis institutions with music themes, including the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Blues Foundation and the Center for Southern Folklore. He said he also foresees partnerships with the National Civil Rights Museum and with the other Tennessee schools endowed by Curb. "Mike chairs the Mike Curb Family Foundation, which supports music education and works to restore historic music industry locations," Troutt said. "Most of his good works to date have benefited the Nashville area, but today's gift celebrates his appreciation for the contributions of our region's music to the world." Curb has written more than 400 songs and received numerous music industry awards, including a 1972 producer of the year award from Billboard magazine. He has produced No. 1 hits including "Candy Man" by Sammy Davis Jr., "I'm Leavin' It all Up To You" by Donny and Marie Osmond, and "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes. Chairman of Curb Records, he also has been active in politics. He served as California chairman of Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1976, became lieutenant governor of California and, under Reagan, was appointed chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee.
audubon wrote on April 29, 2007
I am one of the former owners of the Audubon house. The Audubon house is not abandoned! it is temporarily empty. Mike Curb Foundation and Rhodes College are restoring the house to the way it looked in 1956. I could not finish that restoration. Perhaps when they are finished, we can tour the house again. Rhodes College will use the house as part of their school of music history. Also, the high bidders on Ebay, Mr. Geller and his partners did not pay us for the house. That is why we sold it to Mike Curb.
Rev. Gerhard wrote on April 29, 2007
Hello Mike, I am from Germany and I've met you in Memphis in August 2001, when you were a cab driver for Sun Studio. And you've invited us to a wonderful party into your Audubon house. It was such a wonderful place, and you had it restored in such a lovely way. Thank you for all your work and marks of friendship especially to Elvis! It was a great party with the breathtaking band "The Dempseys". Do they still exist? They jumped into the pool at last. And kept on playing. *lol* We had a great time. Thank you so much. It's good to read, that the house is still in good hands.
mvw wrote on April 29, 2007
On ebay they are offering the pool steps from the audubon house right now. Just look at the pictures of the poolhouse.......
Rev. Gerhard wrote on April 30, 2007
pouh. That's really very sad :-(
Greg Nolan wrote on April 30, 2007
Rev: it's not sad- producer Mike Curb is restoring the house to it's old appearance. That he has taken this house under his wing is great news. Whatever pool steps are being sold, well, presumably they are not authentic to the era when Elvis was living there. Any confirmation on this is appreciated. "Audubon": sorry about the bad personal news but your fellow fans appreciate what you both did for the house. In some ways, I find it just as interesting as Graceland, if not more so, in a way. All of the Elvis-related sites in Memphis and Tupelo are crying out for preservation for posterity!
Rev. Gerhard wrote on April 30, 2007
Okay. Thank you. I become optimistic again.