Today we mark the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death and visitors have flocked to Graceland.
Elvis was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948.
His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn.
Elvis Presley fans traditionally gather at Graceland during Elvis Week for the annual candlelight vigil. Until this year, there hasn't been a charge to file past the graves of Elvis and family members, in the memorial garden on the property. This year fans will need to purchase a wristband for $28.75 to walk up the long driveway and past the graves. Graceland told the Associated Press in a written statement that the wristband fee also provides access to a new $45 million entertainment complex at the Memphis tourist attraction. Security measures are tight for this week's festivities as huge crowds are expected.
- Began singing career in 1954 (Sun Records)
- RCA Victor recording contract awarded in 1955
- International sensation by 1956
- Starred in 33 successful films
- Many TV appearances & live concerts
- Sold over 1 Billion records
- 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins)
- Served in U.S. Army
- Died August 16, 1977. He was 42.
These facts just scratch the surface of Elvis Presley's short but successful career. For the full Elvis Presley life story and an inside look at Elvis’ life, plan a trip to Memphis for a Graceland tour!
Visitors have left their personal reflections on the wall outside the main Graceland mansion. This one seems very fitting on the anniversary of his death. He may be gone but his music lives on forever.
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