CLEVELAND (December 10, 2009) – Save the Date! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes Elvis fans from near and far for a weekend of events surrounding the Museum’s Elvis exhibit beginning on what would have been his 75th birthday - Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9, 2010. Schedule of events will be announced soon on this page.
The Rock Hall’s exhibit devoted to Elvis includes more than 40 artifacts that tell the story of the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. Rising from a humble background, Elvis launched the rock and roll revolution with his commanding voice and charismatic stage presence and the world was never the same.
Exhibit highlights include:
• 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV 2 Door Coupe - the car was purchased by Presley on July 28, 1975 at Schilling Motors in Memphis, Tennessee. It is one of many cars that Presley famously purchased as a gift. This particular car was given to his bodyguard Dave Hebler. The day before Presley bought this car, he purchased 13 Cadillac’s for a total of $140,000. He gave the 13 cars away to friends, family and a woman named Menni Person who happened to be window-shopping for a Cadillac at the dealership when Presley arrived.
• Jumpsuit, 1973 - Presley wore this suit, called “Snowflake,” at concerts in San Diego, California, and Uniondale, New York.
• Jacket, c. 1956 - When he was a young man, Elvis Presley bought many of his clothes at the Lansky Brothers store on Beale Street in Memphis. Like most businesses on Beale, the store primarily catered to African-Americans.
• Elvis Presley Acoustic Guitar - When Elvis Presley sent his 1956 Gibson J-200 back to the factory to be refurbished and customized, the company sent this one as a replacement. He used it on his first recording sessions after his discharge from the Army and in his 1968 television special.
• Smith and Wesson Model 19-3 Revolver, 1967 and Colt Python Revolver, 1974 - Elvis Presley was a firearms enthusiast who owned many handguns in his lifetime. The Colt bears an engraving of the TCB logo on one side and the initials EP on the other.
• Elvis Presley Jukebox: Seeburg Selectromatic 100 - Presley’s record company, RCA Records, presented this jukebox to him.
Visit http://www.rockhall.com/events/elvis75 in the coming days for a complete schedule of events, but mark your calendar today.
Two-day passes to the Rock Hall are available: http://www.rockhall.com/visit/discounts/
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.