Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Graceland: The Jungle Room

Let's talk about one of the most famous rooms in America...

The Jungle Room!

Imagine having your ceiling and floor covered in thick, green shag carpet. One of your walls is a waterfall and the furnishings are heavy, carved wood that looks like it could be at a tiki party. Elvis had his own version of a man cave and his has become known as the Jungle Room. Located off the kitchen, the jungle room was a room that Elvis and his friends would hang out in. The room is decorated in animal prints, filled with exotic animals and plants. The furniture was called Witco and Elvis bought it in 1974 slightly on a whim. It is said that Vernon commented it was the ugliest furniture he had ever seen. This is also the very spot that Elvis recorded one of his albums, "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee". He also recorded some of "Moody Blue" in the Jungle Room.


 
During the day and while the Graceland tours are going, Elvis Presley Enterprises raises the curtains to improve the lighting in the room. The waterfall also has it's own special lighting. The waterfall might be cool and unique but it became a pain for Elvis. The waterfall became notorious for leaking water onto the carpet.
  
Wondering where there's a giant panda in the chair? It was Lisa Marie's as a child. Speaking of Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie she followed in her father's footsteps and also performed in this room. You can see the great lighting that the waterfall has once the natural light starts to fade from the outside.

The Jungle room also holds Elvis' portable phone. He was one of the first people to have a portable phone in the United States. While it may look like a suitcase to many of us, it was the top of technology in the 1970s. It even has a handwritten note taped to it which was done by Elvis for instructions.
If you take the Graceland tour, be sure to take your photo in the Jungle Room. Just remember you're standing in one of the very first man caves before they became a must have for every man in their house.

7 comments:

Bethany Magnie said...

I didn't even know about this! How cool! My sister had her own jungle room as a kid, my mom painted plants on the wall and made a "tree fort" out of the bunk bed. It was so awesome so I can totally dig this room.

Claire said...

I just tried to comment but it dissapeared! Gaaaaaaarrrrrrr

Nichole Miller said...

I can't decide if that is the coolest room ever or the gaudiest room ever. Either way I love it!

Candia Gilmore said...

Wow that is a crazy room! I really love the idea of themed rooms. It's like walking into a new world in each room! I'ven ever been to Graceland so thanks so much for sharing!

Shann Soiney said...

So cool. I've never been to Graceland, but when I go I will definitely check out this room. So cool about the portable phone too. I had no idea.

Laura Darling said...

Wowee what a room! Not necessarily my taste :) but so cool to learn about the history of it! That "portable" phone is unbelievable! We've come so far since then lol!

Lady Jewels Diva® said...

One of the very first man caves - bahahahahaha!