Though he has been gone for nearly four decades now, Elvis Presley is immortalized by his songs and the culture he passed on to his many fans. And on Jan. 8, 2015, Elvis posthumously celebrated his 80th birthday thanks to his fans, friends and family.
On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, fans went to Elvis’ Graceland mansion in Memphis, braving the winter cold, to celebrate his birthday. The late singer’s ex-wife, Priscilla and their daughter Lisa Marie, held a cake-cutting ceremony and sang “Happy Birthday” just outside Elvis’ home. Mother and daughter also thanked everyone for celebrating along with them and keeping his legacy alive throughout the years.
Aside from the cake-cutting ceremony, they also held an auction for his memorabilia. Some of the items auctioned off included Elvis’ first driver’s license, his first acetate recording and a jacket he wore in 1964 film “Viva Las Vegas.”
In addition to the posthumous birthday celebration, this week, as per every year since 1993, fans of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll meet up again in Parkes, New South Wales for the Elvis Presley Festival, where they get to relive the rock and roll culture during his time through different events and performances.
Other fans also took to Twitter to give their greetings and share their memories of Elvis under the hashtag #Elvis80.
In an interview on the Today show on Thursday, Priscilla spoke about Elvis, saying it was hard to believe that, had he lived, he would have been 80 years old now and just reminded everyone how young he was when he died at the age of 42.
During his prime years, Elvis made his way through music and entertainment, thanks to his rock music, his accompanying dance moves and amazing charm. After being drafted for two years in military in Germany, he veered his attention to movies, though he already started appearing on screen before then.
While serving in the military, he met Priscilla, whom he eventually married in 1967 and had their daughter. Their marriage ended with a divorce in 1973. Years later, on Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis died in his Graceland mansion, reportedly from heart failure, at the young age of 42.
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