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Music Memorabilia

The Hard Rock Collection

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City boasts one of the largest music memorabilia collections in the United States. Featuring countless one-of-a-kind items from artists such as: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Madonna, KISS, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and many others. Highlights of the collection include the handwritten lyrics to “Imagine” by John Lennon and Elvis’s personal 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom. From signed music memorabilia to collectible musical instruments and everything in between, this is one of the largest music collections around.

ELVIS PRESLEY

This absolutely stunning Rolls Royce Phantom V was delivered to Elvis Presley in March of 1963. It was completely custom-built to the King's specifications and included a state-of-the-art sound system, a car phone and a fitted cabinet with crystal glassware. The vehicle was initially midnight blue, but Elvis later had it refurbished because his mother's chickens would continually peck at their reflection in the gloss paint. It was subsequently refurbished a number of times. The car was in Elvis's driveway in Bel Air, California in August of 1965 when the Beatles paid a visit to the King. John Lennon had purchased his own Rolls Royce Phantom V just two months earlier.

SLASH

Guitar hero Slash owned and operated this impossible cool Harley. Considered the black sheep of the Harley-Davidson lineup, this 2007 VRSCDX Night Rod Special was built as a street-legal drag bike and has an overhead cam engine (a first for Harley) jointly developed with Porsche. A bad machine indeed. 

BEYONCÉ

Beyoncé is considered the world over as the pinnacle of 21st century style. For New York Fashion Week in February 2014, she wore this two-piece ensemble by Topshop.

LADY GAGA

With a flair for flash and even shock, New York's Lady Gaga has always managed to subvert the pop mainstream with an avant-garde edge. She wore this Gareth Pugh silk gown with ostrich-feather sleeves for a Harper's Bazaar photo shoot for the magazine's March 2014 issue.

ELTON JOHN

With the mystique of Sir Elton John, it's always been impossible to trace exactly where the music ends and the fashion begins. These smart - and relatively practical - suede wingtips were part of his personal collection.

CLARENCE CLEMONS

This insanely cool Harley Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic belonged to the legendary E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons. He purchased it in 2009 - the first year Harley offered the model. Of all our music collectibles and memorabilia, this is certainly one of the favorites — a big bike for the Big Man.

MILEY CYRUS

In 2007, Miley Cyrus began separating her real-life solo ambition from the immensely successful teen Disney character she played, Hannah Montana. This is the T-shirt Miley wore for the video for "Start All Over", a single from 'Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus', the double album made to begin that distinction.

BRIAN SETZER

Before Long Island's the Stray Cats, the last time rockabilly was a truly popular phenomenon was during its original rise at the dawn of rock & roll. And then came their smash 1982 album 'Built for Speed', forever rescuing rockabilly from the brink of extinction. We’ve got plenty of musician’s autographs in the collection, but this signed Gretsch hollow body — the guitar of choice for frontman Brian Setzer — is one of our favorites.

ASBURY JUKES

Though Springsteen is more heralded, no group personifies what became known as the "Jersey Shore Sound" more than Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Their horn-driven, incendiary blend of rock, soul and r&b was wildly influential in the Garden State and the list of musicians who played with Southside Johnny reads like a who's-who of Jersey luminaries. Most of the E Street Band (including Springsteen himself) cycled through the band, while Steven Van Zandt was a full-fledged member and produced some of their most impactful material. Even Jon Bon Jovi performed with the Jukes in later years. The satin crew jacket on display was owned and worn by Southside Johnny himself.

DEAN MARTIN

Frank had the voice and Sammy had the chops, but Dino had the cool on lock. Of all the Rat Pack, nobody had the easy style of Dean Martin. The most freewheeling of the lot, he coasted on the breeze of a devil-may-care attitude because he knew, no matter what, his unflappable sense of ease would always land him on his feet. This black tuxedo from his personal wardrobe is the quintessence of old-school class.

PRINCE

Prince was such a fashion-forward icon that his clothes are icons themselves. This very recognizable black and turquoise silk suit from his 'Lovesexy' era was designed by his in-house Paisley Park wardrobe department and was worn by the Purple One at the 1988 Grammy Awards, where he was nominated in three categories.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

In one of the most famous quotes in rock 'n' roll history, then-critic Jon Landau wrote after a Springsteen show in 1974, "I saw rock and roll's future and its name is Bruce Springsteen". In the decades since, New Jersey's favorite son has proven that sentiment countless times while somehow maintaining a genuine connection to his New Jersey roots even as a multimillionaire icon. For true Bruce fans, that's no surprise at all. His songwriting - and his immense success - owes as much to a relentless work ethic as it does to his undeniable brilliance. That's a quintessentially Jersey approach. Unlike so many of his contemporaries, Springsteen has never become a caricature of himself. The Boss is always looking forward; always finding new inspiration. He wore this denim vest on stage during the tour that made him a global superstar - 1984's 'Born in the U.S.A.'

FRANK SINATRA

The legendary "Chairman of the Board" defined traditional American pop and swing styles, was the very first teen idol and left a legacy that will never be equaled. Frank's larger-than-life persona is so ingrained in our culture, that it's easy to overlook how truly gifted he was as a vocalist and lyric interpreter. The brilliance evidenced on classic albums like 'Songs for Swinging Lovers' and 'In the Wee Small Hours' is undeniable and his influence looms large well into the 21st century. No authentic music memorabilia collection would be complete without something from “Ol' Blue Eyes,” and the honorary police badges on display here were two of many he acquired throughout his life.

SAMMY DAVIS JR.

With the classic, idealized depictions in 1960s pop culture, you'd think suits were standard issue for every American man. For the members of the Rat Pack, however, that was essentially true. This rakish navy blue pinstripe suit belonged to none other than Sammy Davis Jr.

JOHNNY RZEZNIK

Once alternative rock became mainstream in the 1990s, the future of Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls were guaranteed, becoming a dominant platinum force on the radio airwaves in the middle and late parts of the decade. This red leather jacket and gray undershirt was part of the stage wardrobe for frontman Johnny Rzeznik.

ED SHEERAN

The immensely successful English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran achieved mainstream conquest in the 2010s with an easy modern pop sound that sparkles with millennial eclecticism. These Air Jordan 3 Retro "Joker" sneakers are from his personal wardrobe. 

SERGIO VALLÍN

Virtuoso guitarist Sergio Vallín of Mexican rock legenda Maná wore these heavy-duty Zara boots on stage with the group.

Glen Campbell

Country-pop legend Glen Campbell himself did a Rhinestone Cowboy sendup in this flamboyant jumpsuit in a 1977 appearance on ABC's 'Donny and Marie' show. In it, he went full camp for a comedy skit that was a James Bond spoof called "Rhinestone Finger."