On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley made a down payment on the property known as Graceland. Here’s Paul Simon’s great song mythically commemorating the place, performed in Central Park.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.