Left for vacation sunday morning. Got here, ate, slept. Woke up at 4am Monday morning with food poisoning…. pretty sure Satan was playing jump rope with my soul. Today, am still sickish. Everything hurts. And our hotel room sucks a taint. We don’t have a smoke detector, the lock on our door broke, we have no fridge (which we were supposed to have) so all the food we brought is basically bad now, the “private beach” is actually at the hotel next door, the hair dryer doesn’t work, and the bathroom light/vanity light are reversed.. and on the outside of the room. so fucking jank >.<
Thirty years ago today Graceland made its debut to the public. To celebrate, we look back photos of Elvis in his prime — as the young, reckless, and charming rocker we (especially teenage girls) were so fond of.
For reasons that go unknown, despite covering, well, a very vast range of subjects, LIFE did not devote many pages to The King. In 1956, though, LIFE did publish a feature on the young Mississippi native whose voice, looks and live performances were causing girls to scream and swoon; armies of boys to pick up guitars of their own; and legions of commentators, guardians of public morals and pop-culture critics to predict the end of civilization as they knew it if Elvis’ ungodly onstage gyrations were allowed to continue unchecked.
Enjoy, Elvis fans. See the photos here.