On This Day March 17th in Rock & Roll History

On this day March 17, 1957 Elvis Presley outbids the YMCA’s offer of $35,000 and buys the Graceland mansion from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500.  The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home comes with 13.8 acres of land. The king makes some upgrades expanding the living space to 17,552 square feet before moving in. At one time Graceland had been a place of worship used by the Graceland Christian Church named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof. Sales from Elvis’ first album help make the purchase possible. Copies of the album, as seen here with front and back cover, can sell for over $500.00 today.

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