Elvis Presley died 40 years ago, but he’s still a cultural icon and commercial force.

Elvis Presley died 40 years ago, but he’s still a cultural icon and commercial force.

 

He’s still the King, and we’re celebrating that eternal fame with a special website. It’s filled with seldom-seen photos from the archives of Elvis’ hometown newspaper, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, along with videos and an all-things-Elvis array of stories and lists.

We tour Graceland and then venture around Memphis for signs of Elvis’ ghost in 2017.

At just 42, his weight had ballooned to 25st as a result of incessant bingeing on junk food concoctions he ordered from the kitchen at Graceland to whip up at a moment’s notice whatever the time.

Almost daily he craved Fool’s Gold Loaf; an entire loaf of Italian bread stuffed with a pound of bacon, peanut butter and grape jam. He had wolfed one down earlier and immediately complained of indigestion.

 

His other addiction, to prescription drugs, only made things worse. In the first seven-and-a-half months of 1977 alone, one doctor prescribed him more than 10,000 individual doses of sedatives, amphetamines and narcotics and his daily cocktails of pills gave him a slurring, zombie-like appearance.

 

  • Elvis died at his home in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee on August 16, 1977
  • Fans will hold a candlelight vigil at the mansion ahead of this week’s anniversary
  • Elvis was agend just 42 when he had a fatal heart attack at his mansion 
  • More than 600,000 people of year flock to Graceland on a rock pilgrimage

 

 

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