Elvis television bullet hole.

Elvis Gunshot TV

Memphis, Tennessee

Performing legend Elvis Presley was so famous that relics of his life were compulsively saved, and now fill several buildings at Graceland. The Graceland Archives, open to the public, display rack after rack of shelves packed with Elvis crap, mostly unlabeled. We spotted this treasure: the 25-inch RCA color TV that Elvis shot dead at his Palm Springs house. Elvis was watching Robert Goulet perform at the time, and even though they were friends, he still put a bullet hole in the TV.

Elvis was a fan of guns, famously giving a Colt .45 pistol to President Richard Nixon in 1970 as a gift.

The gun used to shoot the TV was part of the "Guns and Jewels of Elvis" display at Sierra Sid's Casino and Truck Stop in Sparks, Nevada, before it closed.

There's more than one bullet-riddled Elvis TV -- his picture tube executions occurred often enough that the televisions were piled behind the house. A Graceland docent explained that there was nothing angry or mean-spirited about Elvis shooting his TVs; he simply shot things all the time.

Also see: Graceland



3717 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN
I-55 exit 5B onto Elvis Presley Blvd, then south one mile. Entrance on the right.
M-Sa 9-5, Su 9-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$58 for mansion + museums. Plus $10 to park.
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