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Rare collection of Elvis artifacts at Musical Instrument Museum

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Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 8:46 am

If “Nothin’ But a Hound Dog” or “How Great Thou Art” still send chills down your spine, it’s time to rock your way up to the Musical Instrument Museum. Starting Friday, the MIM kicks off a week long celebration of Elvis’ life and unveils a never-before-displayed combination of his artifacts.

Prominently featured in the updated display are two jumpsuits Presley wore during performances in Phoenix.

“The one with the red jewels weighs about 50 pounds,” said media relations specialist Erin Miller. Known as “The Flower Jumpsuit,” it was the heaviest one he ever wore. Why he wore it in Phoenix is still a mystery.

Also on display are a shirt, vest, and gun holster Elvis wore in the 1969 film “Charro.” Filmed on location in Apache Junction and at Apacheland Movie Ranch, “Charro” featured Elvis’ only non-singing role—that of former outlaw Jess Wade.

It was the most serious character Elvis ever played. Fans can watch a full screening of the film at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Throughout the week there will be daily trivia and prizes, special lectures, and Elvis-themed food at the Cafe—“Jailhouse Rock” Shrimp Slaw with Black Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Hash anyone?

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