GRACELAND is a "must see" for anyone who enjoys 1950s rock n' roll music and the vocal style of Elvis Presley, the undisputed King of Rock n' Roll who remains popular to fans even today. Elvis is one of the most celebrated musicians of our time. He has been successful in pop, rock, blues, country and gospel music, and is the best selling solo artist in the history of recorded music by earning numerous Grammy Awards and Gold Records. So it's not surprising that fans worldwide come to Graceland to honor his work and see his home.
The mansion was built in 1939 on a 14-acre farm estate just a few miles south of Memphis and purchased by Presley in 1957 as a secluded retreat from his fanatic followers. Graceland mansion sits on a hilltop surrounded by a grove of oak trees and rolling pastures -- very idyllic, secluded, and restful. Elvis lived here until his death in 1977 and is buried in a garden gravesite.
Today, this once-private residence serves as a museum, a historic landmark, a Mecca and tourist destination for a half million visitors annually, second in popularity only to the White House. Guided tours reveal information about Elvis, his life, and the influence of his music. Graceland is a gem; it preserves a slice of American history with insight into modern country music, and is definitely a good choice for anyone's Bucket List.
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