The 40th anniversary of Elvis' death is upon us. On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley passed away, but the memorialization of the beloved king stays strong. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual listener, I would bet a hunk of burning love that you know something about the life or music of this iconic man.
So while you may not be able to travel to Graceland for Elvis Week, there's still time to celebrate him through his music, his fans and the history of those who've honored him throughout the years. Here's a look at the king in the news in the decades since his death.
You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I've also noted if an article is available freely on the web.
"The Rebel Who Became A Legend" by Samuel B. Walton
Saturday Evening Post, December 1977
As Elvis' success soared, so did his vulnerabilities with himself, family and fans. This closer look at the personal side of Elvis is a reminder that while he'll be an enduring legend, it's partly due to his human traits.
"The King of Rock Keeps On Rollin'" by Roger Wolmuth
People, August 17, 1987 (also available on the People website)
Celebrities and everyday people who crossed Elvis' path at one time or another share their memories of him and his mystique on the 10th anniversary of his death.
"The King Is Dead -- Or Is He?" by Richard Corliss and Elizabeth L. Bland
Time, October 10, 1998
Following Elvis' death, many fans who started seeing Elvis in different forms started a cult-like belief that Elvis never really left the building, or this life.
"The First of Elvis" by Bob Colacello
Vanity Fair, January 2010 (also available on the Vanity Fair website)
Some of most iconic Elvis photographs were taken by a man who initially didn't know who he was. This in-depth look at Elvis, the imagery of him and the man who captured it tells the story of a growing star.
"'It's a New Era': Graceland Unveils Elvis Presley's Memphis Entertainment Complex" by Bob Mehr and Wayne Risher
The Jackson Sun, March 12, 2017
Elvis may be gone, but his estate continues to grow. At the recently opened entertainment complex, you'll find an automobile museum, musical displays and, of course, souvenirs.