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Fans Celebrate Elvis' Birthday

By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
January 9, 2012 - 3:00:31 PM
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On what would have been Elvis Presley's 77th birthday, hundreds of fans from around the world yesterday gathered at the Memphis mansion Graceland, where the 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' lived and died.

The birthday celebration kicked off what is expected to be a year of global Elvis mania, marking the 35th anniversary of his death, aged 42, on August 16, 1977. Memphis officials expect record numbers of visitors all year, leading to an anniversary commemoration at Graceland, where Presley and his mother are buried.

'Every five years, we see history repeat itself and we expect that to happen again this year as fans remember Elvis Presley', said Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, who added that the city is preparing for a wave of visitors to exceed the typical 600,000 to 700,000 fans who visit Graceland each year. Elvis Presley's birthday is a milestone this year, which marks both the 35th anniversary year of his death and the 30th year since Graceland set out on the 'grand adventure' that turned it into one of the best-known tourist attractions on the planet. Forbes magazine estimated Presley's earnings at $US55 million in 2011, exceeding contemporary superstars such as Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

Elvis has sold more than a billion albums since then and continues to outearn many other living celebrities.

PDF Read the 2012 Elvis Presley Day Proclamation!

Elvis Presley fans leave mementos at his grave at the Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

Fans Celebrate Elvis' Birthday

A Fan Celebrate Elvis' Birthday
A Fan Celebrate Elvis' Birthday.

Be watching www.elvis.com.au for more photos and a recap video from this special celebration.

Read the facts : Has Elvis has sold more than a billion albums?

Elvis Presley : Columbus, Ohio : May 26, 1956

Elvis Presley : Columbus, Ohio : May 26, 1956
Elvis Presley : Columbus, Ohio : May 26, 1956.

Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.