Thousands of Elvis fans gathered at Graceland Tuesday for the 40th anniversary of his death. Elvis died on August 16, 1977 at his beloved Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Elvis died in 1977 after suffering a heart attack, with his huge fanbase celebrating his legacy today.
One of the most striking pieces of memorabilia is a poster, promoting an appearance by Elvis Presley in Jacksonville, Florida (Aug. 10, 1956, the year Elvis exploded into superstardom and changed popular music forever). "I don't want to even go to Memphis anymore".
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For the last four decades, it has been free to visit his grave to mourn him - but for the first time this year, a fee has been introduced. His mother had demons, his father had demons'. "Before Elvis, there was nothing", John Lennon said. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. "God took him back home, but he's still here".
"It's just a precious time to come here and get to be with people who love him the same way", fan Toni Salva said.
"It's just really unfortunate that there wasn't a more serious attempt to conduct some kind of intervention in his life, but I know so many examples of that - he's not unique in that area at all", Pickerel said. Wednesday, August 16th will be the 40th anniversary of Presley's death. "He is given a semidivine, quasi-messianic status and mystical stories are told about his life", he says. Devout fans of "The King" have made pilgrimage to Presley's home to honour the icon.
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Bseiso does not elevate Presley to the status of prophet or biblical figure, but has found in him a higher calling as she seeks to spread his music and challenge stereotypes about Arabs or the Middle East.
"No, I don't think anyone did, did we, Mr. Philips?" "His music talks to you ... it has a spiritual meaning in his words". There are a lot of songs actually that were sung by Elvis that are being covered right now. And I think being here, and you said you had no idea of the magnitude of who Elvis was and all the things he stood for...'
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