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Elvis’ Jumpsuits

I enjoyed seeing some of the new displays – especially the jumpsuits – in the newly remodeled museums at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Skateland

Long closed by the looks of it, but I just couldn’t pass by this awesome sign. There are probably a lot of memories in this old skating rink outside of Memphis, Tennessee.

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Down at the Drive In

This is the Malco Summer Drive In in Memphis, Tennessee. Every time I go to Memphis, I like it more and more.

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Pink Cadillac

This is Elvis’ Pink Cadillac parked in the Auto Museum at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The Jungle Room

I have always loved this tiki bar in the “Jungle Room” in Elvis’ Graceland. This is obviously in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Christmas At Graceland

Christmas is my favorite time to visit Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. It is so pretty with all the decorations up.

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Memphis Mural

This mural really caught my eye. It depicts the 1968 city sanitation workers’ strike which was the reason Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in town on April 4th, 1968 – the day he was assassinated. This is in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Mallory-Neely House

Built in 1852, this beautiful mansion can be found in the Victorian Village neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee.

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King’s Corner

This is the corner of the pool room in Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. There is just something about this room I have always liked. It’s somehow so tacky that it’s not.

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Rest in Peace B.B. King

This weekend we have lost a musical genius and an American icon. Riley King, better known as B.B. King went from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to music superstardom and world recognition. One of the hardest working people in the industry, he was playing over 200 shows a year into his 70s. This is an old photo of his place on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Before the world knew him as B.B., Memphis knew him as the Beale Street Blues Boy. Rest in peace B.B.

 


Sun Studios Neon

This is the outside of the infamous Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee – where rock and roll was born. It was nice to be there in the evening and get a little less sunlight on the neon. If these walls could talk!

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Wurlitzer Jukebox

This is a gorgeous Wurlitzer 1015 One More Time vinyl jukebox. While it is a reproduction of the original 1946 “bubbler”, it is still a beautiful machine. I really love these old style jukeboxes. I found this one inside the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Gibson Guitar

I found these beautiful guitars at the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis, Tennessee. Even though I don’t play, I have a deep appreciation for these instruments and the care that goes into making them.

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Daisy Theatre Tap Dancer

This gentleman is an excellent tap dancer. He can be seen doing his thing for tips most weekends out in front of the old Daisy Theatre on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Beale Street Neon

This is a shot looking up Beale Street in fabulous downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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Royal Studios

This tiny recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee was home of Hi Records, a small but notable soul label. Their most famous artist was Al Green. This studio is still in operation today and while definitely off the beaten track, is worth a look.

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STAX Records

In a dark time in American history when racial segregation was the norm, STAX Records was bringing black and white artists together and creating the best soul music ever made. The original building was demolished in 1989, but this replica was built on the original site and now houses the Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee.

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A Shattered Dream

This is the Loraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 4th, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on this balcony. It is a place for somber reflection and never stops being an emotional stop for me. I come here often and imagine what the world would have been like today had that day never happened. The quote on this plaque is the best one I can possibly imagine.

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Sun Studio

This is the world famous Sun Studio on Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. In the music world, it is hallowed ground and the birthplace of rock and roll. The amount of talent that has walked through that door is staggering. If those walls could sing!

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Memphis Street Scene

This is the view from Beale St. and 2nd Ave in Memphis Tennessee. I’ve always loved neon, and Beale St. has a lot of it.

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