Elvis would have been 80 years old today, i.e. born in 1935. He died in 1977 at the age of 42.
Incredibly, his music still sells and everything Elvis rings the cash register, as we see in this article from Charles Passy:
“The fact that Mr. Presley, who died in 1977 at the age of 42, is continually rediscovered by new generations seems to only fuel Elvis tourism. Graceland, operated by a business partnership in conjunction with Mr. Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie, saw almost 600,000 visitors in 2014—a 5% increase from 2013 and the highest total in seven years.The partnership has its eyes on expansion: Ground has already been broken on a 450-room hotel/entertainment complex as part of Graceland, expected to open in 2016. A Graceland-organized temporary exhibition of Elvis artifacts, from cars to jumpsuits, is now running in London. And Graceland has plans to host a permanent exhibition in Las Vegas.”
Not really surprised by this interest in Elvis. It is probably due to two reasons:
1) Elvis died young, a sure way to become a legend. See James Dean and Marilyn Monroe; and,
2) Elvis was a fantastic entertainer. His music still sounds great.
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