Was it really more than three decades ago that we learned that the King was dead? Yes, it was on August 16, 1977 that Elvis Presley was rushed from Graceland to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Doctors were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead of a “cardiac arrhythmia” at the age of 42. Thousands of fans kept a vigil outside of Graceland for three days before his burial. Thousands more lined the streets of Memphis on the day of his funeral.
Elvis had 107 hits, including 28 gold records, 12 No. 1 songs and 38 top 10 hits. Yet the most amazing stat, at least to me, is that his estate earns more from royalties and licensing agreements today than he earned when he was alive. And Graceland remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
So don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true.