Elvis Presley fans may have another reason to celebrate and visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located in Cleveland, Ohio as his custom-made motorcycle from his Graceland mansion were added to the exhibit. Aside from this, more than 40 items were loaned from Presley’s Memphis, Tennessee Graceland mansion to enhance the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s existing display.
Presley also known as the “King of Rock and Roll” was recognized into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Aside from this recognition he was also inducted into the other music halls of fame like the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (2007), Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2001) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (1998).
Aside from Elvis Presley’s custom-made motorcycle loaned to the exhibit, the other items include: the King’s white suit he wore when he sang on television “If I Can Dream”, military tokens during the time he served in the Army, stylish ID bracelet, a walnut-size 41 carat ruby and diamond ring as well as a 25.5 carat ring made from opal and sapphire. Presley began his Army service in 1958 and was assigned at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
The exhibit says Presley holds the record for the most number of Top 40 music hit songs with 104 as well as with the most Top 10 music hit songs with 38. Visitors who came from around the world patiently waited for hours for their turn see what the exhibit has to offer.
According to Portland, Maine resident Peter Webster, 72, on a visit to the exhibit said that it’s a fact that there were other artists who sang rock and roll before Presley did but it was Elvis who “brought rock ’n roll music onto the stage.” Webber also said that more people respect Elvis because he also served in the Army.
According to Greg Harris, rock hall president and CEO, the current exhibit is more than updating the display. The event is a chance for them to introduce some unique items the public has not seen before as well as change the exhibition space, added Harris.
Also at the exhibit, visitors who lined up were treated to a video montage showing Presley’s pictures and other media appearances. A script of the 1968 NBC television special, his military induction orders, a signed receipt for an M1 rifle, a souvenir menu of his 1971 show done in Lake Tahoe are among the varied displays at the exhibit.
Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was immersed early on from participating and appreciating gospel music and eventually rose to phenomenal fame until his untimely death on Aug. 16, 1977 from a heart attack, he was 42.
The exhibit is updated every two years with items loaned from the Graceland mansion. This new Elvis exhibit coincided with the launching of the Elvis Presley Enterprises created by The Elvis Presley Trust meant to manage and conduct business in behalf of the Trust.
For Elvis Presley fans seeing his custom-made motorcycle and other rare memorabilia displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit are enough reasons to celebrate his life and works once again.
By Roberto I. Belda