Elvis Presley Anniversary Of Death
August 16, 2011 by Post Team
The mourners walked through the cemetery on the grounds of the house in Memphis, Tennessee, leaving flowers and other mementos at the grave of Presley. Some were dressed in full Elvis oufits and many wore his trademark sunglasses and sideburns. Police and a spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises, told The Associated Press estimated that between 15,000 and 20,000 people attended the vigil.
The annual vigil began when fans learned of his death on August 16, 1977 and made the pilgrimage to his mansion. It became an event in 1982 and is the main focus of “Elvis Week”; a fan in Graceland Memorial offers tribute concerts and parties of the fan.
Presley was found dead in a bathroom of his house when he was 42. His death was the result of an irregular heartbeat, but the autopsy report was sealed amid rumors that drugs played a role in prescripteion his death.
In 1956, the year of Elvis’s first two albums were released, 10 million singles and 800,000 LPs were sold.
Presley was an influence on popular culture that President Jimmy Carter made a statement after his death.
“Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of himself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than 20 years burst onto the scene with an impact that is unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and personality the fusion of the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense, and was a symbol for people all over the world the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of his country. “
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