Every August, Elvis Presley fans gather in Memphis, Tennessee to celebrate the music, movies and legacy of the King of Rock & Roll. This celebration is appropriately labeled “Elvis Week.” This year the pilgrimage began on August 9th and runs through August 17th. Today, August 16th, marks the 42nd anniversary of his death and the activities range from tours leaving Graceland to Tupelo Mississippi (his boyhood home), “Meet n Greets” with tribute artists, 5K run, concerts, and much, much more. One thing is for sure, you will need to be prepared for traffic and crowds as approximately 35,000 people are expected to visit Graceland during the week. To help navigate the activities and to enhance your experience, download the app and start enjoying the festivities.
For those of you who may not know much about Elvis—here is a little synopsis of his impact to popular culture and a few fun facts about the King of Rock & Roll. Elvis Aaron Presley is perhaps one of the most celebrated artist of our time. His presence and contributions can be found in many cities around the world anytime of the year.
- He recorded about 45 studio albums, containing approximately 12 songs, resulting in roughly 550 songs but never writing any. His top selling song of all time is “Don’t Be Cruel” released in 1956.
- His movie career spanned two decades from 1956 – 1969 for a total of 31 films—the most profitable of those films was “Viva Las Vegas” released in 1964.
- He served in the United States Army having been drafted in 1958 at the height of his career and was honorably discharged in 1960.
- He was a mainstay in Las Vegas from July 1969 through December 1976—resulting in 837 consecutive sold-out shows.
- He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
So, if you cannot get to Memphis to celebrate Elvis Week, check out these resources to learn more about the phenomenon more commonly known as “The King!”