Curators:
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Duration:
8 Hours
Floor:
Level 0

ELVIS
Refreshed

The largest public collection of The King of Rock & Roll outside of Graceland. Featuring updated artifacts and an exclusive film (14 minutes) created in collaboration with Elvis Presley Enterprises.

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Elvis Presley rose from humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, to become widely considered the King of Rock & Roll. His commanding voice, charismatic stage presence and rebellious sensuality launched a rock & roll revolution. It began in 1954 when Sam Phillips of Sun Records teamed the 18-year-old Presley with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. The trio recorded “That’s All Right” and redefined popular music forever. 

 

After five groundbreaking singles for Sun Records, Presley’s contract was sold to RCA Records where his career reached new heights with a string of hits that included “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Presley and his infamous swiveling hips generated controversy, hysteria and admiration as he performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and other prominent television programs. After a two-year stint in the Army, Presley spent much of the 1960s focused on making movies and recording soundtracks. But in 1968, a year of turmoil and cultural change that relegated many of his contemporaries to the past, Presley experienced a stunning musical renaissance with his electrifying television special titled Elvis. The King made history again in 1973 with the Aloha from Hawaii concert, the first entertainment program to be beamed live around the world via satellite. He performed constantly until his death at age 42. Elvis Presley was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Elvis Presley Bible
Elvis Presley Bible
Elvis Presley Acoustic Guitar 1974 Gibson J-200
Elvis Presley Acoustic Guitar 1974 Gibson J-200
Elvis Presley Jacket, c. 1970 Design by Harley-Davidson
Elvis Presley Jacket, c. 1970 Design by Harley-Davidson