Roanoke’s unique tie to the King of Pop and the King of Rock-n-Roll.

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – When it comes to music legends, two people may come to mind. Michael Jackson aka “King of Pop” and Elvis Presley aka “King of Rock-n-Roll”. While Michael Jackson had never stopped in Roanoke Va on tour, Elvis Presley performed in Roanoke three times.

We stop by Grand Home Furnishings to see their Michael Jackson Armoire exhibit. Which was purchased by auction in 2012. The piece of furniture got a lot of attention due to it having a message written on it by Michael Jackson himself. The note was meant as motivation for his then upcoming tour “This is It” it reads “Train, perfection. March, April, FULL OUT May.”

Next, we stop by “Mini Graceland” built it 1987, not long before The Kings 10th anniversary of his death in August 16 1977. Elvis had a tour date (Aug 24 1977) in Roanoke just eight days after his death. Mini Graceland has been a favorite for Roanoker’s for more than 20 years. It’s seen better days, but it’s still standing, though as Mrs. Epperly tells WFXR News… it may not be around for much longer.

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