Elvis Presley continues to be remembered and celebrated long after his death, and on Friday, 29 November, the King of Rock & Roll was honoured yet again at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Featuring a number of personal items loaned from Graceland, his Memphis mansion and now a permanent museum dedicated to Elvis, the new exhibit looks to pay tribute to Elvis and show off some of his more extravagant tastes and hopefully some things that will be new to a number of fans.
Elvis has had a long association with the R&RHoF
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Elvis' posthumous association with the organisation has been a regular occurrence, with the current exhibition the latest in a long succession of exhibits honouring the King. The opening of the exhibit came in tandem with the launch of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the new company set up to manage all of the late icon's business assets, including Graceland, and to conduct business on his behalf. The company was founded by his widow, Priscilla Presley.
The display features more than 40 different items once belonging to Elvis, all of which have been loaned from Graceland. Among the items includes a walnut-size 41-carat ruby and diamond ring, a 25.5-carat opal ring and a sapphire pinkie ring Billboard reports, as well as an ID bracelet, his 1975 custom made SuperTrike motorcycle and various mementos from his days in military service.
Visitors from across the globe flocked to Cleveland for the opening of the exhibit, with people queuing for hours to get a glimpse of what was on offer. As well as video montages and purpose-built displays, the exhibit included a number of costumes worn on stage by the King and items taken from some of his shows, including he script for a 1968 NBC special and a souvenir menu for his 1971 show in Lake Tahoe.
The military memorabilia took up a considerable amount of the exhibition, with newspaper headlines from the time he was drafted in 1958 at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas adorning the walls. Other items include his fatigue shirt, his induction orders, his signed receipt for an M1 rifle and a collection of photographs from the time.
"We're using it as a chance to introduce some really iconic artifacts and also to change up the exhibition space. It's more than just a refresh," said rock hall president and CEO Greg Harris. "We all know Elvis didn't invent rock 'n' roll. He was the shot heard 'round the world for everybody to embrace it and be moved by it."
Elvis will continue to be remembered for years to come