Stop, Look and Listen: Elvis Presley’s StereosPosted by Elvis Presley's Graceland on Apr 22, 2016 | 9 comments
Every April, the world celebrates Record Store Day, which focuses on vinyl records and the physical shops that sell them. This month’s Gates of Graceland episode shows off a few of Elvis Presley’s favorite 45s.
But what’s a record without a record player?
Elvis loved music, and he made sure you could hear it all over Graceland. He could play selections from his extensive record collection anywhere, whether he was in his bedroom, downstairs in his colorful TV Room, in the Jungle Room and even in his own racquetball court.
Let’s take a look at some of the stereos and record players here at Graceland.
The TV Room at Graceland was really Elvis’ place to enjoy entertainment. In addition to the room’s three TV sets, this room is also home to a stereo, jukebox and record player. Elvis owned thousands of records, and most of them were housed in the TV Room.
At Graceland, music is actually built right into the walls. Check out the jukebox in the TV Room:
It’s easy to spot Elvis’ music in the TV Room, but the record player in the Jungle Room is hidden.
Find out where the record player is in the Jungle Room in this “Hidden Graceland” episode of our web series, Gates of Graceland:
Anyone who’s been inside Elvis’ Racquetball Building knows it wasn’t just used for that sport. It also includes a pinball machine, piano, and this stereo system:
This system is made by Crown International – pretty fitting for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, huh?
A fire destroyed most of the Crown manufacturing facility in November 1971. It was rebuilt as soon as possible, and this stereo is one of the first ones manufactured following that fire.
Another record player that’s housed inside Graceland is the one in Elvis’ bedroom. This is that record player, complete with the record Elvis left on it. That record is an untitled one by The Stamps.
What else did Elvis listen to?
Check out this month’s Gates of Graceland episode:
Want to know more? See where Elvis listened to music, where Elvis relaxed, where Elvis called home, where Elvis lives – visit Graceland!