The Graceland Elvis exhibit that was presented at the Westgate Hotel was absolutely fantastic. Primo Vegas spent an afternoon taking in this incredible display and for us, it was one of our favourite Vegas attractions, and we’re sorry it is now gone.
For those of you that missed it, below are some of the highlights, which are now probably back at the Elvis Graceland museum in Memphis.
Young Elvis with his parents, shown along with his birth certificate. Elvis was born on January 8, 1935.
A very early photo of a teenaged Elvis with a friend, taken when he was in high school in Tupelo.
Elvis with girlfriend in the early 1950s. Could be a high-school prom. Who is the dude on the right? He did not do quite as well as Elvis. Didn’t stand a chance.
This explains the history of how Elvis came to record That’s All Right back in 1954.
That’s All Right was recorded by Elvis at Memphis Recording Service on July 5, 1954, and was released by Sun Records.
Original Sun Records “That’s All Right” record signed by Elvis. Bet this would go for a tidy amount on ebay.
Who are these other fellows shown with Elvis?
This blue studio chair was on stage during the filming of the Elvis 1968 NBC television special. Its the real thing baby.
In 1968 Elvis was approached by NBC to do a live Christmas performance in front of a live audience, which Elvis did with much success. This performance showed that Elvis was still relevant in the midst of the cultural changes that were then afoot.
1971 Stutz Blackhaw: Legend has it that this rare car was originally ordered by Frank Sinatra, but it was charmed away from the car dealer by Elvis. The car was presented to Elvis at the Las Vegas International Hotel in 1970 and was the first ever Stutz Blackhawk to be delivered in the US. The car, now fully restored, was actually totalled by a fired driver on July 1, 1971.
Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Elvis in Vegas in the 1960s.
Late 1960s Lincoln Continental driven by Elvis in Las Vegas.
Original artwork promoting the Las Vegas Hilton live Elvis shows in the late 1960s.
Jumpsuit worn by Elvis in the 1960s and early 70s.
Actual stage mic used by Elvis during his perfmances at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Studded stage boots worn by Elvis in the early 1970s.
Three vehicles owned by Elvis in the early 1970s.
Stage suit worn by Elvis in the late 60s and early 1970s.
This slide gives an interesting re-cap of the timeline of Elvis’ presence in last Vegas between 1956 and 1971.
Guitar used by Elvis.
Original signage promoting Elvis shows at the Las Vegas Hilton (with Elvis records and tapes promotion)
Elvis performed his first Vegas show at the International on July 31, 1969 to a sold out crowd. He then went on to perform another 837 sold-out shows at the hotel in front of 2.5 million people.
Stage suits worn by Elvis.
Rings, glasses, Midas Rolex and jewelry owned by Elvis.
March 1957, Elvis purchased the famous Graceland Mansion as detailed in this headline newspaper report.
Robert Kennedy signed a copy of his book “To Seek a Newer World” which he gave to Elvis.
The box Elvis kept his gun in. Elvis wrote “LOADED DO NOT TOUCH 22 TARGET” on the cover of the box.
The Las Vegas police department issued Elvis with this permit to carry a concealed weapon in June, 1975.
Flight suit worn by Elvis in the filming of a movie.
1960s Movie posters from two Elvis films: It Happened at the World’s Fair & Harum Scarum.
Three 1960s Elvis movie posters: Change of Habit, Follow that Dream and Girl Happy.
The actual movie script for Viva Las Vegas from 1964, with an Elvis jacket behind. Viva Las Vegas was the most successful Elvis movie at the box office.
Elvis movie posters: Girls, Girls, Girls .. Kisin Cousins and Spinout.
Ann Margret stared with Elvis Presley in the film Viva Las Vegas from 1964.
After 18 months active duty in the US Army in West Germany, Elvis returned to the US on March 2, 1960, where he was honourably discharged.
The original US Army uniform worn by Elvis in 1959 and 1960 during his service in West Germany.
Elvis Presley while in service with the US Army in West Germany in 1959.
Full sized movie poster for the King Creole film which also starred Walter Matthau and Vic Morrow.
Original wall poster promoting the Jailhouse Rock film by Elvis.
Guitar cover and shirt worn by Elvis in the 1950s.
In January 1956, Elvis recorded his first session for RCA, which yielded the hit song Heartbreak Hotel. The rest .. as the saying goes .. is history!
It’s not too late .. you can get married in Vegas with several Vegas ceremonial themes at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Here’s the Elvis wedding menu.
This is the original jumper suite worn by Elvis in his iconic stage poses of the 1970s.