Elvis often rented the old Memphian Theatre, now the site of Playhouse on the Square, for private screenings of movies.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley studied under Kang Rhee in the early 1970s at the master’s studio at 1911 Poplar, where the Hi-Tone Cafe is located today.
Elvis purchased Graceland Mansion in March 1957, for $102,500. He put down $10,000 in cash, and got $55,000 in trade for the Audubon house.
Elvis and his parents, Gladys and Vernon Presley, lived in this ranch-style house Elvis bought in 1956 for 13 months. Natalie Wood was a houseguest there four days.
Once the site of the Memphis Draft Board, where Elvis reported in March 1958 for his induction into the Army.
The Eagle’s Nest, part of the Clearpool entertainment complex, was a regular gig for Elvis, Scotty Moore and Bill Black through 1954. That club burned down 45 years ago. The Americana Club was most recently at that corner.
Elvis, with Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass, performed one of his first live performances at Slim Whitman’s show July 30, 1954. “We were all scared to death,” Scotty recalled. “Elvis, instead of just standing flat-footed and tapping his foot, he was kind of jiggling. … With those old loose britches that we wore, you shook your leg and it made it look like all hell was going on under there.”
Site of Hotel Chisca, where WHBQ was broadcast. The legendary deejay Dewey Phillips — Daddy-O-Dewey — first played “That’s All Right” from the station and rushed Elvis in for a live interviw July 8, 1954, because of the overwhelming phone response to the song.
Once the site of Assembly of God Church, which Elvis attended through 1954, and where the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and their families were members. Elvis would sneak out of Sunday services to go a mile down the street to East Trigg Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, to hear Rev. Herbert Brewster and the singing of Queen C. Anderson and the Brewsteraires.
Sun Records/Memphis Recording Service. In the mid- to late summer of 1953, Elvis was a walk-in who paid $3.98 to record “My Happiness.” A year later, on July 5, 1954, he would record “That’s All Right (Mama),” often called the Big Bang of Rock and Roll.