Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg Memorabilia
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself – Elvis Presley – owned and wore these Harley Davidson leather motorcycle pants. Elvis was a passionate motorcycle enthusiast who owned many incredible bikes and bits of biker wardrobe. He gifted these pants to his friend Richard Davis in the mid ‘60s.
As the frontman for Springbok Nude Girls, Arno Carstens helped shape the sound of South African rock. His wildly successful solo career has taken him to concert stages worldwide – including the Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury and our own Hard Rock Calling concert event in London. The outfit on display was worn on stage by Arno on numerous occasions.
Fender Precision Bass
This stunning 1956 Fender Precision Bass was one of session ace Stan Kesler’s main instruments during his years recording for Sun Studios in Memphis. Stan produced and performed on countless hits in the ‘50s and ‘60s; supporting such legends as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin and Johnny Cash. He was gifted songwriter and producer – scoring a major hit for Elvis in 1955 with “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”.
These outfits were worn on stage by the Jacksons when they appeared on the ‘American Music Awards’ broadcast in 1977. The brothers were joined by sisters Janet and LaToya that evening; hence the two women’s versions of the suit. The other three were worn by Tito, Jackie and the King of Pop himself – Michael Jackson.
On February 11th, 2012, the music world lost one of the greatest voices of all time – Whitney Houston. Much more than just a talented singer, Whitney changed the face of pop music and left an unparalleled legacy of hit songs and incredible vocal performances that will influence future performers for generations to come. Throughout her stellar 30-year career, she set the standard for vocal virtuosity in the pop field and is one of the biggest-selling artists in history. Whitney wore this lovely velvet jumpsuit on stage.