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Entertainment Elvis Presley's Graceland upstairs bedroom: The King ‘liked it dark and very, very cold'

22:25  06 may  2021
22:25  06 may  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Elvis Presley moved into Graceland in 1957 and quickly had a privacy wall on the upstairs landing installed with one-way mirrors. While there was an open house policy for the Memphis Mafia, Graceland's upstairs was The King's private space and safe haven. Even to this day, fans visiting the mansion cannot tour his bedroom, bathroom, office and other rooms up there.

Today only Lisa Marie, her family and archivists tasked with perfectly persevering the rooms are allowed in those mysterious spaces.

However, there are Memphis Mafia members still alive who spent time upstairs at Graceland with Elvis Presley.

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One of them was his cousin Billy Smith and wife Jo, whose son Danny now hosts the Memphis Mafia Kid YouTube channel.

During a recent fan Q&A, the latter was asked if Elvis liked his bedroom dark and cool.

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Danny, who was a teenager when he knew The King, replied: "Yes, Elvis liked it dark and he liked it very, very cold."

In fact, it was so cold that Memphis Mafia member Lamar Fike would joke that you could hang meat in there.

So when his friends were hanging out in his bedroom, Elvis would hand out sweaters and racquetball jackets to keep others warm.

The King's cousin added: "When he was at the hospital, he put aluminium foil over the windows, to keep the light out, to keep it darker."

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Meanwhile, Elvis' ex-girlfriend Linda Thompson shared last year on her Instagram account what The King's bedroom was like.

She replied to a fan in the comments: "Our bedroom was black, red and gold... And no - the windows were never opened."

In another video, Billy Smith said how Elvis would have nightmares and sleepwalk in his younger years.

On the incident that partly sparked them, he said: "One time he was sitting in a car and somebody recognised him.

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Billy continued: "So they walked up and they said, 'Can I have your autograph?' and handed him a piece of paper.

"He started signing it, [then] the guy hit him right in the side of the jaw."

While another time, a strange man came to Graceland saying Elvis was looking for him, but The King wasn't.

Incidents like this caused the star to have many nightmares, including ones with people chasing him.

Billy shared how you didn't shake Elvis if he was having a nightmare, but you would just talk to him to calm him down.

This is surprising as one time The King hit his other cousin Gene Smith in his sleep.

Billy added: "But he got out of them pretty good after, Oh I would say '60 when he came back out of the army."

Additionally, The King's cousin shared that Elvis would occasionally sleepwalk, moving around his room.

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