On August 16, 1977, 40 years ago today, Elvis Presley–the King of Rock N’ Roll–was found dead at the age of 42 in his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. Born in Tupelo, Miss. in 1935, Presley went on to become a musical legend. Elvis dominated the charts from 1956 to 1958 with hits such as Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, and Don’t Be Cruel. Additionally, Elvis’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 was groundbreaking with Elvis making sexually suggestive pelvis gyrations during his performance. Elvis was also a veteran as he completed an 18 month tour in the U.S. Army.
Burning Love was the King’s last top 10 hit. Unfortunately, what followed was substantial weight gain along with an addiction to prescription drugs. Following his death Presley was buried in Graceland.
If you are a musician or a fan of music, Presley’s influence is inescapable. The King’s presence can still be felt today and indeed many still tell stories of when they saw The King perform. In honor of his great contributions to our musical heritage, we honor The King today.