Exhibition shows ‘dark’ side of Elvis

ELVIS PRESLEY had a reputation as a night owl and a new exhibit at the Graceland museum gives a peek into his nocturnal activities.

A jukebox, wrapped in yellow and green neon provided a steady supply of popular music. Film clips show family and friends discussing late-night excursions to an amusement park or his favourite cinema.

Then there’s the television with a bullet hole in the screen. “This is the only surviving television or appliance that Elvis shot out that was kept,” said Kevin Kern, a spokesman for Graceland, Presley’s long-time Memphis, Tennessee, residence.

Presley, it seems, had a habit of occasionally breaking out a firearm from his gun collection and shooting at TVs and other items. As the story goes, entertainer Robert Goulet was performing on TV when Presley blasted the 64-centimetre RCA that’s part of the exhibit called Elvis After Dark.

“There was nothing Elvis had against Robert Goulet. They were friends,” Mr Kern said.

Red, blue and yellow dashboard lights similar to those used by police also are part of Elvis After Dark.

Presley, a “special deputy” appointed by the local sheriff, used the lights from time to time to play lawman.

“Elvis was the type of guy that would pull over people who he thought were speeding and give them a warning and send them home with an autograph,” Mr Kern said.

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