Elvis Presley banned peacocks from Graceland after incident


ELVIS PRESLEY banned peacocks from Graceland and banished them to Memphis Zoo after an incident involving The King’s famous Gold Cadillac. Elvis was a particular fan of peacocks

Elvis Presley was a big animal lover keeping horses and farmyard animals like chickens, ducks and even a turkey called Bow Tie. While a statue of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, stands inside the Jungle Room to this day. But there were times when the critters became too much to handle, even if The King was fond of them initiall

Apart from his jumpsuit inspired by the birds, Elvis even had stained glass peacock panels designed for Graceland in 1974 by his girlfriend at the time Linda Thompson.

graceland living room and peacock windows

Elvis expert and archivist Angie Marchese shared: “There were actually some pet peacocks that ran around the property here at Graceland at one point.‘That was until they started seeing their reflection in the gold Cadillac and started pecking the paint off the car.”

elvis peacock jumpsuit

According to the official Graceland website: “The stained-glass peacock panels between the Living Room and Music Room, as well as the stained glass around the front door and the stained-glass fixtures over the pool table in the basement were added to Graceland in October 1974.

“The work was done for Elvis by Laukhuff Stained Glass Company of Memphis for the cost of $9,345.”


Elvis Presley would’ve turned 86 on Jan. 8, and the King is having a bit of a moment again. Graceland is celebrating the rock legend in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 7 to 9.

Adding to it all, Jon Bon Jovjust released a cover of Presley’s “If I Get Home on Christmas Day” as a holiday hit,

In 1957, the 22-year-old star bought Graceland for just $102,500 (which would be just shy of $1 million in 2020, (cheatsheet)

According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the peak of Elvis’ success, he would make $1 million per performance.

When Elvis died, he was only worth $5 million. Accounting for inflation, that would be around $21 million now ($21,484,158.42 to be exact). Of course, $5 million and $21 million are no small sums, but given that Elvis would make $1 million per performance, he should have been worth much, much more by the time of his death.


In Presley’s case, it went to four places – real estate, drugs, hangers on, and his divorce. His home, Graceland, a 23-room mansion in Memphis, was purchased for $102,500 in 1957. Over the course of the next few years, Presley would buy $500,000 worth of surrounding land and household goods for himself. By the late 60s, he’d developed a major drug habit. In 1977, one of his two primary doctors, prescribed 10,000 doses of amphetamines, sedatives, and narcotics within a seven-month period. It’s unknown just how much he was spending on drugs. However, his biggest expenditures were on family members and the group known as the “Memphis Mafia.

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His divorce from Priscilla Presley was also quite expensive, costing $725,000 outright on top of child support, 5% of the earnings from his publishings. Priscilla turned Graceland into the museum it is now and created Elvis Presley Enterprises. Over time, these actions took her ex-husband’s fortune from $1 million to $100 million.


Elvis had a love for what were then called “downers”: barbiturates, sleeping pills, painkillers, the combination of which will induce a sleepy, calm euphoria.

In addition to the ten drugs found in his system at the time of death, Elvis was known to have tried Dilaudid, Percodan, Placidyl, Dexedrine (a rare “upper,” then prescribed as a “diet pill”), Biphetamine, Tiunal, Desbutal, Escatrol, Amytal, Quaaludes, Carbrital, Seconal, Methadone, and Ritalin.


Elvis wanted a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge. His wife, Priscilla Presley, explained, “With the federal narcotic badge, he could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished.”

After telling Nixon his worried about drug cultures, Elvis asked the Nixon for a badge. Nixon promised he’d get him one, and Elvis, surprised that his plan had worked, got so excited that he hugged the president.

A few years later, Elvis, with his Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge still on him, died


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