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Elvis in Memphis: Memories go beyond just Graceland

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(WMC-TV) - Elvis and Memphis. The two are synonymous. And as Graceland tends top the list when mentioning Elvis, there are plenty of other places in the Mid-South to note. Here are a few other influential places and things to talk about when discussing "The King".

— Elvis Presley's first guitar is from the Tupelo Hardware Company. In 1948, Elvis' parents could not afford the bicycle he wanted, so instead his mother convinced him to accept a guitar instead. The guitar was purchased for $12.95.

— Elvis attends L.C. Humes High School. According to Elvis.com, Elvis nervously sangs with his guitar at a student talent show. To his own surprise, he received more applause than any other contestant and won.

— Second only to Graceland, Lauderdale Courts is the Memphis home Elvis lived in the longest – according to the current property management. Scheduled for the wrecking ball in the mid-nineties, Elvis' teenage home was saved by the efforts of Elvis fans, Memphis Heritage preservation organization, the City of Memphis and Memphis developers Jack Belz and Henry Turley. Check back with Your Neighborhood on Wednesday for the full story on Elvis' teenage home, the locals living near it, and the people still visiting it today.

— What once housed the popular venue The Hi-Tone in Midtown also housed Elvis' longtime martial arts teacher the dojo of Kang Rhee.

— The story goes that when Elvis was a regular customer at The Arcade, his favorite item was the butter and banana sandwich. It still remains on the menu and is appropriately named "The Elvis".

— Elvis supposedly played what music historians call the first-ever rock 'n' roll show at the Shell in Overton Park in 1954, according to the Shell's website.

— Ironwork is added to Graceland's windows and doors in 1967.

— Also in 1967, Memphis Mayor William Ingram and Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington each declared "Elvis Presley Day" in recognition of Elvis' many charitable contributions, according to Elvis.com. Elvis names one of his horses Mare Ingram in the mayor's honor.

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