Graceland: Take a live virtual tour of Elvis' Memphis home
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Graceland’s most famous space has to be The Jungle Room, which Elvis Presley called The Den. The King purchased the Polynesian-inspired furniture in 1974 despite his father Vernon thinking it was ugly. Nevertheless, Elvis felt the room reminded him of Hawaii and ate a breakfast of Spanish omelette with burnt bacon and black coffee there each afternoon at 4pm.
The Jungle Room features all kinds of knick-knacks including a statue of the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi by the waterfall.
Express.co.uk recently took a virtual live tour of the Graceland mansion which was expertly guided by on-site archivist Angie Marchese.
And during the live stream, attention was drawn to some mini “treasure chests” on a shelf.
When Graceland opened for tours in 1982, what was found in boxes and drawers was left as found and catalogued.
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As for why the items haven’t been removed in almost 40 years, Angie said it’s so the items that Elvis once owned didn’t lose their authenticity.
As for what was found inside The Jungle Room treasure chests, the contents were surprisingly what you’d expect from a regular household rather than that of a megastar.
There were wires, a lightbulb, old batteries and a mystery padlock. Although, not all the contents of the drawers inside Graceland are so ordinary.
By the kitchen is a secret drawer featuring a 1993 phone book that was used by Elvis’ Aunt Delta, who continued to live at Graceland until her death that year.
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While also inside the drawer was some of Lisa Marie’s childhood graffiti which reads “Lisa’s home Graceland” with a smiley face.
Then, hidden away near the Music Room, there is a samurai sword that was gifted to Elvis by a Japanese World War II veteran who once approached the gates of Graceland in uniform.
And in the pool room, there’s a drawer containing shuffleboard wax for some unknown reason since there no shuffleboard game in that space.
Aside from having breakfast in the Jungle Room, The King also famously recorded the majority of two albums there in From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and his final record Moody Blue.
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Angie shared: “The green carpet on the ceiling made it great for recording because it made the room acoustically sound.
“[Record company] RCA parked their trucks outside the window and wired all the equipment inside.”
When the time came to record an album, Elvis’ TCB band members like guitarist James Burton would wait for the singer downstairs.
The King would then head to The Jungle Room to start the recordings around 2am, since he was a night owl who slept all day.
Occasionally, Elvis would interrupt the Jungle Room sessions in great displays of generosity to his bandmates and Memphis Mafia.
Every now and then, The King would clean out his wardrobe and give everyone some of his clothes.
Famously, President George W Bush visited Graceland and the Jungle Room in 2006 with Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, a huge Elvis fan.
Both Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie welcomed the world leaders outside Graceland in person for the special occasion.
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