Regarded as one of the influential folks in music historical past, greater than 40 years after Elvis Presley’s demise, followers nonetheless flock to his Memphis, Tennessee, residence, Graceland, to pay their respects.
Presley handed away 42 years in the past, on August 16, 1977, on the age of 42. In the years since his demise, Graceland turned a mecca of types for his followers, who journey from all over the world to Memphis within the days surrounding the anniversary of his demise for the annual occasion referred to as Elvis Week.
A celebration of Presley’s music, films and legacy, Elvis Week occasions embody concert events, panel discussions, dances and a Candlelight Vigil. Always starting on the night of August 15, the vigil continues till the morning of August 16 with followers strolling up the driveway of his residence to the Meditation Garden.
Unlike some artists, whose contributions are solely acknowledged after they’re gone, the modifications Presley dropped at the world had been felt whereas he was alive. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, his household later moved to Memphis, the place he was uncovered to blues and jazz.
After highschool, in 1953, he recorded just a few songs on the Memphis Recording Service studio and a yr later, Sam Phillips, who owned the studio, known as him in to chop a tune with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Their takes on Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right (Mama)” and Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” had been on the spot radio hits.
Presley rapidly reached worldwide fame, however after being drafted, in 1958, he left music behind for the Army. While stationed in Germany, he met Priscilla Beaulieu, 14, the step-daughter of an Air Force captain, and the 2 married years later in 1967.
In 1968, the 2 welcomed their daughter, Lisa Marie, into the world, however divorced in 1973.
At the age of 22, Presley bought Graceland for $102,500, in line with History.com, and former President George W. Bush was the primary sitting U.S. president to go to. Along with Graceland, Presley additionally bought former President Franklin Roosevelt’s yacht. In 1964, he paid $55,000 for Roosevelt’s 165-foot-long vessel. He later donated it to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, which offered it to boost one.
Over the years, Presley starred in 33 movies, offered multiple billion information, earned 14 Grammy nomination and three wins. More than 100 of his songs earned Top 40 spots and in 1986 he was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“In 1954, the performer kicked off a musical revolution by modernizing traditional genres such as blues, country and bluegrass for contemporary (and more youthful) audiences,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame wrote about Presley. “Throw in a charismatic stage presence with then-scandalous hip-swings and body contortions, and it’s easy to see why Presley set the charts (and hearts) ablaze.”