Friends to Follow

Stay Connected


In this Nov. 25, 2013 photo, a custom motorcycle is displayed in the Elvis exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Over 40 new items on loan from Graceland, excluding the cycle, will be displayed when the exhibit reopens. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
In this Nov. 25, 2013 photo, Andre Sepetavec installs a double-necked guitar in the Elvis exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) In this Nov. 25, 2013 photo, a rare Gibson double-necked guitar belonging to Elvis Presley hangs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) In this Nov. 25, 2013 photo, a 1968 Elvis Presley advertising proof hangs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Over 40 items on loan from Graceland will be on display when the Elvis exhibit re-opens. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) John Sloboda positions a souvenir menu from a string of 1973 shows at the Sahara Tahoe in the Elvis Presley exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Elvis items featured at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


CLEVELAND — Old-time Elvis Presley fans and lots of newer, younger ones flocked to a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Friday to see his stylish ID bracelet, custom-made motorcycle, eye-catching rings and military mementos.

The exhibit opened in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises and includes more than 40 artifacts loaned by his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn.

The items include a walnut-size 41-carat ruby and diamond ring, a 25.5-carat opal ring and a sapphire pinkie ring.

The rock hall inducted Presley in 1986 and calls him “the undisputed King of Rock and Roll.”

The rock hall says he holds records for the most Top 40 hits with 104 and the most Top 10 hits with 38.

“Elvis was the creator, he was the beginning,” said fan Peter Webster, 72, of Portland, Maine, while visiting the rock hall during a family holiday gathering in Cleveland. “There were other people who sang rock ‘n roll music before he did, but he brought rock ‘n roll music onto the stage.”

Visitors lined up to watch a video montage and check out Presley’s 1975 custom made SuperTrike motorcycle and the white suit that he wore when he performed the song “If I Can Dream” in a television special.

There’s also the script for a 1968 NBC special and a 1971 souvenir menu for Presley’s shows in Lake Tahoe.

Presley’s Army service beginning in 1958 at Fort Chaffee, Ark., gets the headline treatment, including his fatigue shirt, his induction orders and his signed receipt for an M1 rifle.

His military service and smiling photo pointing to his sergeant’s stripes may surprise people more familiar with the anti-draft sentiment years later during the Vietnam war.

“I think people respected him because he served in the Army,” Webster said.

The Presley exhibit at the rock hall alongside Lake Erie is updated every two years with loaned items from Graceland.

“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,” Harris said.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss., on Jan. 8, 1935, and grew up surrounded by gospel music. He died of a heart attack at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977. He was 42.

Elvis Presley Enterprises was created by the Elvis Presley Trust to manage its assets.



Back to Features
Top Stories of the Week

Warrant: Wallingford man shaved head, had people drive him to …
WALLINGFORD — Tyler Tomer’s life changed dramatically in 2014 when he told his girlfriend he was diagnosed with brain cancer and only had six to … more ...

Meriden man pinned by two cars in crash upgraded to …
MERIDEN — City police arrested and charged a 32-year-old New Britain man Friday night with driving under the influence after a three-car crash that severed … more ...

Meriden woman dies in New Haven crash …
MERIDEN — A city woman died early Saturday morning when the car she was driving hit a tree on Chapel Street in New Haven. Naika … more ...

Snow expected Monday a.m. …
Up to seven inches of snow could coat the area today, making for a messy morning commute. Meteorologist Gary Lessor, of the Weather Center at … more ...

Wallingford man charged with selling marijuana …
WALLINGFORD — A local man faces charges after police say they saw him sell marijuana in a Center Street driveway. Matthew Marino, 19, of 42 … more ...

Comments