Elvis Presley

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January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

Elvis Aaron Presley was a little-known singer/songwriter who struggled his entire career to find an audience.

OR…perhaps it’s more accurate to say that he was one of the biggest pop-phenomena in the history of the world.

The “King of Rock and Roll” – a title that barely scratches his impact on popular music –  was a talented singer, actor and hip-jiggler who starred in more than 30 movies and had over 35 number one singles.  His rise to stardom, at the perfect intersection of time, history and relevance  ushered in a new era of music that was both ground-breaking and controversial.  He paved the way for nearly every rock and roll artist to follow.  He was simply without peer.

Alas, all of that stardom and pressure can get to a person.  Peanut butter and banana sandwiches and every prescription drug known to mankind are tough temptations to fight.  And, in the end, Elvis’ health and weight suffered.  He died in the bathroom at his home, Graceland, a sort of freakish caricature of the dynamic man he had once been.

But, he will no doubt live forever1 at the zenith of the pop culture mountain.

Burial

Graceland Mansion – Memphis, TN

Specific Location

Meditation Garden; Take the tour, enjoy the kitsch, Elvis is buried along side his parents and grandmother in this excellently gaudy memorial section at the end of the tour.

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1 – Figuratively speaking, of course. He’s dead, people. Move on.

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