Long Live The King – Thousands Flock to Anniversary of Elvis’s Death

Unless you subscribe to the ‘he’s living in Atlantis, plotting a second fake moon landing’ theories, you may well be aware that August 15th marked the 35th anniversary of the death of rock king Elvis Presley. In annual tradition, a candlelit vigil was held at the legend’s former residence and current burial site in Graceland, Memphis, with an estimated 75,000 fans turning up to honour his memory.

And for the first time in the event’s history, a surprise came in the form of two unexpected guests  - Elvis’s ex-wife Priscilla and child Lisa-Marie Presley, who had never attended the occasion together. Putting aside the emotion of the spectacle, the Princess of Rock ‘n’ Roll addressed the crowd from a stage, proclaiming ”I love you very, very, very much.”

Presley died at the age of 42 from a sudden heart attack, haven given more to the music industry than most others combined, and is presumably busy up in the sky inventing Super Rock ‘n’ Roll. Since then, Elvis admirers worldwide (famously a ridiculously passionate bunch, sparkly white suits n’ all), have flocked to each anniversary to celebrate his life and career with a selection of musical events, and, of course, impersonators.

Despite leaving the building 35 years ago, the legacy of the King lives on in the music of today (the decent stuff anyway). And you know what they say, “The king is dead. Long live the king”.

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About Josh Gripton

Josh is an English student currently studying English Literature with Creative Writing at University in the UK. When he's not wasting time acquiring the grappling beam in Super Metroid, you'll find him being far more productive - listening to Black Sabbath and reading comics. He hopes his work at The Silver Tongue will help him get his writing out to the public and professional world, heaven forbid.