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Graceland in Memphis will be closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Graceland Closes Over Coronavirus

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By Brenda Neugent

The place that Paul Simon sang about in the title track on his seminal album "Graceland" will be closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a post on social media. The character on the road in Simon's song is not the only wanting to visit the grand estate formerly owned by Elvis Presley, who purchased the home in 1957 for $102,500. In terms of visitors, Graceland is second only to the White House in the United States and boasts more than 650,000 a year. The 23-room home is 17,553 square feet and features eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

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Elvis Presley's Graceland is the first site on the National Register of Historic Places with roots in rock and roll.
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Graceland opened to the public as a museum in 1982, five years after Presley passed away in one of the bathrooms of the home. In 1991, it became the first rock and roll-related site to be named to the National Register of Historic Places. It was also named a National Historic Landmark in 2006, another first for rock and roll. Presley is buried on the grounds of Graceland in the Meditation Garden, and his tombstone, along with those of his parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, his grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley, and his stillborn brother Jesse, can be visited there.

The basement as Graceland was one of the most popular areas, according to a friend who wrote about the iconic house and its owner in 2010.
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One of the areas of the home most used by Presley was the basement, according to stories from the 2010 book "Elvis: My Best Man," by George Klein. "Elvis and the Presleys were still getting the place just the way they wanted it, but no matter what was going on, you walked into that house and it was so easy to relax and shut out the outside world—and that’s exactly what Elvis and the rest of us did with those great parties in the Graceland basement.”

Elvis Presley merged rockabilly, county and blues to create a unique sound that changed music forever.
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Those parties, however, were simple, not fueled by alcohol - Klein said that there was rarely alcohol or beer in the house - but instead an opportunity for togetherness for Elvis and his friends. "It was to truly enjoy the moment of being together in that remarkable place. There was a real sweetness to those Graceland nights." Klein and Presley became friends when they were 13 years old and went to school together at Humes High School in Memphis. He became a DJ and wrote several books about his friend, who served as best man at Klein's 1970 wedding.

Lisa Marie Presley owns Graceland as well as her father's personal property, much of which is on display throughout the site.
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Elvis Presley, better known as the King of Rock and Roll for his innovative fusion of blues, rockabilly, and country music genres, was 42 years old when he passed away in his beloved Graceland, currently owned by his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Tickets that have already been purchased between now and April 3 will be honored for up to a year after the original date of purchase. New tickets will be available beginning April 4. For more information, visit the Graceland website at graceland.com. You can also visit the mansion live through the Graceland Cam.

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