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New Exhibit: 60 Years of Elvis

February 25, 2014 | Other

On July 5, 1954, a delivery truck driver named Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio in Memphis and recorded “That’s All Right” with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played the song on July 8 on WHBQ radio and the switchboard lit up. Rock ‘n’ roll was born and the music world changed forever.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Elvis' first recordings at Sun Studio, Elvis Presley’s Graceland is planning a variety of activities, starting with a new exhibit at Graceland entitled “60 Years of Elvis.” Save over $120 and plan your trip by visiting Elvis.com/60YearsPackage.

This exciting, new exhibit is now open as part of the VIP tour experience. Guests will explore the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music in July of 1954 and journey through the transformation of the would-be King of Rock ‘n’ Roll from delivery truck driver to world-wide singing sensation and star of the silver screen.

Rare artifacts displayed in the new “60 Years of Elvis” exhibit include: Elvis’ personal “That’s All Right” 45 rpm record; a pay stub from his early days as a driver for Crown Electric; telegrams home to his parents during his first few days on tour; an original script from “Jailhouse Rock”; his 1955 RCA Records contract; Elvis’ last GRAMMY® Award for his Gospel hit “How Great Thou Art,” along with the jumpsuit he wore on stage that night; Elvis’ wardrobe from “Viva Las Vegas”; and the award presented to Graceland and the Presley family upon Elvis’ induction into the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

The new “60 Years of Elvis” exhibit will be open from now until February of 2015.

circleG wrote on February 26, 2014
Love that photo of Elvis, Scotty and Bill. They touched so many lives , and changed the world!
Jerome wrote on February 27, 2014
Why are there no Sam Phillip's artifacts...?
Gorse wrote on February 27, 2014
I, with others doubt some of your postings Jerome but you have a very good point here. Sam Phillip's self congratulatory demeanour was not to the taste of everyone, but he was an influential giant in Elvis's life and many other musical legends.
Natha wrote on February 27, 2014
Possibly they only want to focus on the music and not so much on the background(s).
Steve V wrote on March 01, 2014
I kinda agree with Jerome here. Because the focus is on 60 years, that would relate directly back to Sun, and with the Sun records being displayed here, the photos of the original trio, a shoutout to Sam would seem to be in order. Even a picture of Elvis with Sam at Sun would be a nice touch.
Natha wrote on March 01, 2014
Jerome's remark makes sense indeed (!!!). The (shown) photos however are about the musicians. But unmistakenly Sam belongs to that history.
circleG wrote on March 02, 2014
I doubt this photo is of the entire exhibit, Sam is probably mentioned and shown elsewhere.