There's not a lot of tech, but there's a whole lot of music-industry history at the Memphis landmark. CNET Road Trip 2014 took a quick dive into the wide world of Elvis Presley.
Gold records galore
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--If you tell people you're visiting this city of 655,000 in the southwest corner of Tennessee, you'll almost always get asked, "Are you going to Graceland?"
As part of CNET Road Trip 2014, I did stop in on Elvis Presley's former home. It's by no means a hotbed of technology, but it does offer quite a bit of history and context about the American music industry given Elvis' outsized impact on entertainment from the mid-1950s through the mid-'70s.
His impact wasn't just cultural. He also won nearly every award the music industry offers, including countless gold and platinum records, many of which are seen here on the wall in what was once Elvis' racquetball court.
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Graceland features many different design motifs, with no consistent style from room to room. This is the billiards room, which has a style unlike anything else in the famous mansion. Elvis decorated the room himself in 1974, according to Threads, and he used more than 300 yards of fabric to do so.
Elvis' famous jungle room. According to Elvis.com, "the Jungle Room has become famous over the years due to the eccentric design with a Polynesian influence, reminiscent of Elvis' favorite vacation spot -- Hawaii. The detailed wooden carvings in the furniture and the green shag carpet of the 1970s makes this an Elvis fan favorite."
Behind the main house on the 13.8-acre Graceland estate is this small cottage, where Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, managed the star's business affairs. Placed in front of the cottage is this swing set, which Elvis bought for his daughter, Lisa Marie, in the 1970s.
In addition to housing many of his gold and platinum records and other awards and commemorations, the former racquetball court also houses a number of the outlandish suits Elvis wore when he performed in Las Vegas.
Graceland visitors' last tour stop is the Meditation Garden, which is a place to pause and quietly contemplate the life of one of the biggest stars in American history. Elvis, along with his parents, his grandmother, and his twin brother -- who died at birth -- are all buried here.
This is Elvis' 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II. It was a rare car that cost $10,000 when new, far more than the $4,000 average price of a Cadillac. According to Graceland, Elvis bought this Lincoln after his first one was covered in lipstick graffiti left by fans.
According to Graceland, this may be the most famous of Elvis' cars, a pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood. He first used it to tour, but then gave it to his mother, who loved it. It became known as "Gladys' car."