August 16 is the 34th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Death

The whole world listens to Elvis Presley’s songs today on August 16, as this is the 34th anniversary of his death.

“King of Rock and Roll” died at the Memphis, Tennessee, mansion on August 16, 1977. Graceland hosts a week of events leading up to the annual commemoration, featuring tribute concerts, appearances by contemporaries and onetime sidemen and fan parties. Photo: Leandro Rocha Egon/Flickr.

Presley died at the Memphis, Tennessee, mansion on August 16, 1977, and is buried on the grounds. Fans began filing past his grave bearing candles Monday night.

His death reportedly took place due to an excessive use of drugs, complicated further with cardiomegaly, which resulted in his death.

Silent mourners with heads bowed and candles in hand paid their respects to Elvis Presley at his grave at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home, to remember the 34th anniversary of his sudden death.

Their candles flickering in the warm Tennessee night, fans quietly stood vigil over Elvis Presley’s grave early Tuesday to mark the 34th anniversary of the singer’s death.

Thousands of Elvis devotees walked in the humid night to the graves of Elvis and his relatives, some wiping away tears as they filed past.

“Thank you so much for being here and continuing to honor the legacy of my father,” said a message from Lisa Marie Presley that was read to fans at the gates of Graceland. “Your ongoing love and support mean very much to me and my family.”

Graceland hosts a week of events leading up to the annual commemoration, featuring tribute concerts, appearances by contemporaries and onetime sidemen and fan parties.

The annual vigil began when some Elvis fans traveled to Graceland the year their idol died. It grew into an organised event in 1982.

Visitors come here from Japan, England, Germany and other countries. Some wear full Elvis outfits, others just his trademark sunglasses or sideburns.

Patrick Lucas sported sideburns and a pompadour as he walked to the vigil with the rest of the Elvis Presley Fans of Alabama, a club he joined on the Internet.

Mr Lucas said: ‘I try to be like him, in the ways that he was nice to people and how he treated people. He was a giving person.’

More than three decades later, he remains one of the top-selling acts in music.

In 2010, Forbes magazine estimated his estate’s annual take from music sales, a Las Vegas show, Graceland visits and licensing at $60 million.

Presley was widely credited for transforming the face of 20th century music, for which he is often referred to the “King of Rock and Roll”.

Introduced by Sun Records in 1954, Elvis changed the façade of the audience’s perception of Afro-American music.

Soon, with his good looks and sex appeal, he bagged good opportunities that boosted his career.

His famous tracks include the “Heartbreak hotel”, “Blue Suede Shoes” and “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”.

Elvis essentially worked on the lines of Rock and Roll which became his claim to fame.

This year, fans have something else to commemorate. It was 55 years ago – 1956 – when the first two Elvis albums were released. That year alone, Elvis sold 10 million singles and 800,000 LPs. [via CNN, The Express Tribune and The Daily Mail]

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