Elvis' "most significant musical artifact" returns home to Graceland
It was 1957 when Elvis purchased a beautiful white Knabe baby grand piano. With it's gold accents and a custom-made, gold, metal bench designed by Elvis with a white, leather cushion - it took the pride of place in Elvis' music room.
Now, 60 years on, it will be returned to the same music room, completely restored as part of the room's unveiling at Graceland's first-ever holiday concert weekend this December.
Graceland have called Elvis' white piano the "most significant piece of original furnishings to come home to Graceland" since its opening in 1982.
The piano has a rich musical history prior to Elvis' purchase. Built in 1912, it was the house piano at the Ellis Auditorium from the early 1930s until 1957. During that time, the auditorium played host to top acts including W. C. Handy, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Cab Calloway, among others.
"This was the very piano played by his favorite gospel and blues performers in shows that Elvis attended as a boy, during which, as an enthralled member of the audience, he dreamed of his own future stardom," says Graceland in a press release.
After Elvis purchased it, it then became the musical focal point of Graceland, with many hours spent rehearsing and entertaining guests, played by both Elvis and visiting celebrities.
Elvis enjoyed playing and singing alone in private moments, but especially enjoyed gathering family and friends in the music room as they ran through a broad repertoire of favourite songs – particularly gospel and R&B.
The public will be able to view the original white baby grand piano when the music room's 60's-era restoration is revealed December 15 and 16.
Other items returning to the music room include a set of original white and blue draperies and a gold couch from 1964.