Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Elvis Aaron Presley
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935, the son of Vernon and Gladys Presley. He moved to Memphis in 1948. Soon after signing a contract with Sun Records in 1954 he achieved tremendous popularity. His musical and acting career in records, movies, television, and concerts made him one of the most successful and outstanding entertainers in the world. He died on August 16, 1977, and is buried here at his Memphis home, Graceland.
Photographed By Mary Ellen Coghlan
1. Elvis Aaron Presley Marker
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E-77.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Entertainment • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1852.
Location. 35° 2.812′ N, 90° 1.493′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Elvis Presley Boulevard (U.S. 51), on the left when traveling south. Located to the right of Graceland
Photographed By Mary Ellen Coghlan, July 28, 2009
2. Elvis Aaron Presley Marker at Base of StandErected August 16, 1982 by
The Elvis Presley
Shelby County Government
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Gates along Elvis Presley Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis TN 38116, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Graceland (within shouting distance of this marker); The Omlie Tower (approx. 2.4 miles away); Ernest C. Withers House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Calvary Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); G. P. Hamilton (approx. 4.2 miles away); Chew C. Sawyer (approx. 4.4 miles away); Zion Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Thomas Moss ~ Calvin McDowell ~ William Henry Stewart (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2005
3. Elvis Aaron Presley Marker from across street.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
4. Wall in front of Graceland
Photographed By Michael Stroud, May 1991
5. Graceland Mansion
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, July 22, 2017
6. Elvis Presley
This 1976-88 portrait of Elvis Presley by R. W. Cowan hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
“Elvis Presley grew up in the musical melting pot of Memphis, where his emerging talent was heavily influenced by local strains of pop, country, rhythm and blues, and gospel. As a young truck driver in 1953, he paid four dollars to record a song for his mother's birthday. Sun Records then the label of such other young talents as Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis soon signed him, and his first record, ‘That's All Right, Mama,’ was an instant hit. By 1956, thanks in part to a series of sensational television appearances, he was crowned the ‘king of rock and roll,’ with a string of recordings that included ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ ‘Don't Be Cruel,’ and ‘Hound Dog.’ Since his death, Presley has emerged as an iconic entertainment figure, and his Graceland mansion has become one of the nation's most-visited popular culture shrines.” -- National Portrait Gallery
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 27, 2008
7. Elvis Aaron Presley with Sam Phillips of Sun Records
This picture can be seen at Music Hall of Fame Tuscumbia, Alabama
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 27, 2008
8. Elvis Aaron Presley Marker
Photographed By Michael Stroud, 1991
9. Elvis Presley Burial Vault
“Elvis Aaron Presley, January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977. Son of Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Presley, father of Lisa Marie Presley. • He was a precious gift from God we cherished and loved dearly. • He had a God-given talent that he shared with the world, and without a doubt, he became most widely acclaimed; capturing the hearts of young and old alike. • He was admired not only as an entertainer, but as the great humanitarian that he was; for his generosity, and his kind feelings for his fellow man. • He revolutionized the field of music and received its highest awards. • He became a living legend in his own time, earning the respect and love of millions. • God saw that he needed some rest and called him home to be with Him. • We miss you, Son and Daddy. I thank God that He gave us you as our son. (TCB logo) —Vernon Presley”
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2008, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 2,562 times since then and 75 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week March 19, 2017. Photos: 1. submitted on July 24, 2008, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. 2. submitted on August 2, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. 3. submitted on July 25, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 4. submitted on February 3, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. 5. submitted on January 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6. submitted on July 24, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7, 8. submitted on February 3, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. 9. submitted on January 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.