On This Day: Elvis Presley Spent His First Night at Graceland Home in 1957

by Clayton Edwards

Almost everything Elvis Presley did became legendary. It all started with his voice. In the beginning, he teamed up with Sam Phillips of Sun Records to blaze a new trail in music. Then, he became an international superstar. After that, things just snowballed. Before his passing in 1977, Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll. His fashion and musical style were hugely influential. At the same time, his relationships and other aspects of his personal life were hot gossip. Among the things that became iconic because of Elvis was his home, Graceland.

Graceland is currently a hotspot for Elvis Presley fans. Thousands of people come from around the world to see the place where the King lived and died. They feel a connection to him as they walk the halls and gaze upon the décor. Elvis bought the sprawling Memphis mansion and the 14 acres on which it sits when he was only 22 years old. When he wasn’t on the road whipping crowds into a frenzy or shooting movies, you could find him there.

Elvis Presley made the initial $1000 down payment on Graceland on March 19, 1957, according to History.

Today is a very important day in the history of Elvis Presley. His estate posted a short video showing pictures of the King at his Memphis castle. In the caption of the tweet, they noted that he spent his first night at Graceland on this day in 1957. Check out the classic photos in the clip below.

Elvis Presley lived at Graceland for almost twenty years. In fact, he missed the two-decade mark by mere months. He passed away there on August 16, 1977.

Did Elvis Presley Really Leave Graceland?

It’s no secret that Elvis Presley and the rest of his family are buried on the grounds at Graceland. More specifically, they are entombed in the Meditation Garden of the estate. However, many people believe that his spirit still lingers at his former home.

Elvis Presley died in the restroom above the foyer of Graceland. People have reported an eerie feeling in the foyer since the mansion opened to the public in June of 1982. However, that isn’t all. Some have claimed to see his face in the reflection of the glass cases that hold his stage costumes.

Ghost stories are all well and good. However, they are easy to dismiss. After all, who wouldn’t want to see the ghost of Elvis Presley while visiting Graceland? There is more than anecdotal evidence to support the claims of the King’s lingering spirit. Check out the video below. Is that the King’s ghost in the Jungle Room?