Elvis Presley Day on August 16, 2017 is a tribute for the “King of rock ‘n' roll”. In 2017 Elvis Presley would have turned 82 years old. Elvis Presley was a singer, musician and actor from the small US-American town Tupelo in the state of Mississippi. He was born there on January 8 in 1935. His big music break, Elvis Aaron Presley managed in 1956. Elvis performed as an actor in more than 30 movies. In 1977 Elvis Presley died unexpectedly on August 16 in the bathroom of his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. On this property he had also been interred.
One can celebrate Elvis Presley Day for example by listing to his music all day long. No matter if that would be gospel, ballads or songs that make you dance. A movie night with Elvis Presley's movies is a good idea, too. If you are in the USA around that day, try to travel to Memphis or Tupelo and spend a good time in the museums close to the Elvis estate or the souvenir shops. Around August 16 the biggest festival in honor of Elvis Presley, the Elvis Week takes place every year. There are also numerous events close to the death date of the King on other continents, like Europe, including cinema movies about Elvis and Elvis imitators who perform on stage.
In Germany, where Elvis Presley had been based, he met 10 years younger Priscilla Beaulieu on a party in Bad Nauheim near Frankfurt. At that time Priscilla was only 14 years old. They married finally in 1967 in Las Vegas and only one year later their daughter Lisa Marie Presley was born. After Priscilla left Elvis in 1972 they got divorced in 1973. In the same year Elvis reached worldwide success with the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert, but he suffered of that divorce and health problems.
When Elvis Presley died in 1977 at the age of 42 he hardly left any documents to gather information about him. There was no autobiography, hardly any letters and in general Elvis did not give many interviews during his lifetime. And if he did he used to reject any questions about his personal life politely. He also did not participate in awards shows, did not perform in TV shows and exclusively surrounded himself with well chosen colleagues. Despite the rare information about Elvis even now, his death hit the headlines and caused a lot of special broadcasts and breaking news. The death of Elvis Presley is considered the end of an era and since then his fans recommend him annually on Elvis Presley Day, the anniversary of his death date.