I like Elvis Presley’s music and maybe even a few of his movies. So I’m not what you’d call an Elvis fanatic, but truth be told, I wouldn’t mind visiting Graceland. There’d be something cool to be able to walk around in Elvis’ mansion (now a tourist hot spot) that has been kept like it was when Elvis lived there.
Ellen Gutoskey posted 9 Rockin’ Facts About Elvis Presley’s Graceland and it was a fun read. Before you click over for the full story, here are my three favorites…
ELVIS BOUGHT GRACELAND WHEN HE WAS ONLY 22 YEARS OLD. (Elvis paid $102,500.00 for the mansion and almost 14 acres of land. $102,500 in 1957 dollars equals $950,127.58 in 2021. That shows you how popular and how much dough Elvis was bringing in at such an early stage in his career. – Craig)
GRACELAND’S JUNGLE ROOM DOUBLED AS A RECORDING STUDIO. (This is probably the most famous room in the mansion. Elvis recorded his second to last studio album in the Jungle Room. It’s cool to know that John Cougar Mellencamp, Kid Rock, and Lisa Marie Presley (Elvis’ daughter) also recorded albums in the Jungle Room. – Craig)
ELVIS KEPT GRACELAND’S KITCHEN STOCKED WITH VERY SPECIFIC ITEMS. (A lot has been made over the years of Elvis’ love for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Other items that Elvis wanted to always be available included: banana pudding, ingredients for meatloaf, fudge cookies, fresh orange juice, ice cream, brownies, shredded coconut, hot dogs, ground round steak, biscuits, and gum.
Looking at that list I’d say: banana pudding only if it contained Nilla Wafers, meatloaf is a good idea for leftover sandwiches, I’d substitute chocolate chip for fudge cookies, fresh orange juice is good but with Elvis money I would have a McDonald’s Iced French Vanilla Coffee maker installed, ice cream is a must and make sure we have Hershey’s syrup, brownies are a big YES, pass on the shredded coconut, yes to hot dogs (all beef), yes to ground round steak, big YES to biscuits and pass on the gum. – Craig)