The famous mansion where Elvis Presley, The King of Rock And Roll, lived and died is open for fans to visit and experience. But the upstairs of Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, is strictly closed to the public as it was Elvis’ private area and is where he passed away.
The exception is Graceland archivist Angie Marchese, who is allowed upstairs, including into Elvis’ bedroom, as it’s her job to maintain it.
During a recent live Q&A session through the Graceland mansion on Instagram, the Director of Archives revealed some fascinating details about the mysterious upstairs space.
“It looks as if he just got up and left. It is part of my job to maintain it. So we do go up there to maintain the space,” said Angie.
The record on the record player is the last record he listened to. There’s a styrofoam cup that sits on a bookshelf.
At the end of the Q&A session, a fan posed the question: “What is the last record Elvis played that is still on his record player?
In response to which Angie revealed that it was a fresh recording of JD Sumner and the Stamps.
Sumner was an American gospel singer known for his bass vocals and The Stamps ended up singing at The King’s funeral.
“It was a recording that they had just done in the studio that they had sent to Elvis. I’ve never actually played it, so I don’t know the song that’s on it,” continued Angie.
“The label on it just has the recording date on it that just says ‘The Stamps.’”
During the video, archivist Angie also spoke of how Elvis’ bedroom is maintained: “The bed is made, so we really maintain it the way that Lisa wants us to preserve it. So, unfortunately, we can’t see it, but it is taken care of.”
Later in the video, the videographer pointed out the stairs near the kitchen, with Angie commenting: “These stairs here actually lead up to the main landing, which would take you to Elvis’ bedroom. And this is how Elvis would come down to the kitchen,”
“He would come down these stairs and come and make himself at home here in the kitchen.”
You can listen to the entire Q&A session below.