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Elvis Week in Memphis Today — He Died 34 Years Ago Today

Today in Memphis, Tennessee, ElvisPresley fans from all over the world to gather and remember “the King” (of Rock and Roll) during Elvis week.

I have always thought the anniversary of his death was an odd time to celebrate, rather than say his birthday, which is January 8. Oh, that explains it — January versus August. I also think the original vigil that occurred spontaneously in August of 1977 contributed to the eventual annual event.

I was celebrating my daughter Rene’s 14th birthday when I got the call from WINN Radio in Louisville that Elvis had died. That night we had a long celebration of Elvis’s death, some of which you can hear here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page of airchecks and find “Moon Mullins Day Elvis Died” and click.

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