Elvis Stars in Rock Hall of Fame Anniversary Celebration
The exhibit "ELVIS 1956: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" will open to the public on September 13, and run until January 2, in the museum's Main Exhibit Hall.
The photos were taken the year Elvis Presley turned 21, and the year he first gained nationwide attention with his RCA records and national broadcast appearance.
They represent "a remarkable visual record of a defining time for rock and roll's most enduring figure," the museum says in a press release.
"ELVIS 1956 is the first and last unguarded look at Elvis, featuring images of him in every aspect of his life-from performance and with the fans, to the recording studio and at home with his family," the museum says.
In addition to the photos, Rock Hall visitors will also see a display of nearly 30 Elvis artifacts on loan from the Graceland Archives.
Highlights include a shirt and belt Presley wore for performance rehearsals in 1970, a hand-painted poster for Presley's February 1955 performance in Memphis, and Presley's 1974 Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance for "How Great Thou Art," as well as the handwritten set list and jumpsuit from the show where that performance was recorded.
There's also a proclamation from the City of Memphis declaring February 25, 1961 to be Elvis Presley Day and a 1974 Guild acoustic guitar used in concert by Presley in 1976.
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