FUNERAL - GRACELAND IN MEMPHIS - THE KING OF ROCK N ROLL
Elvis Aron Presley Born 8 January 1935 Tupelo, Mississippi
Elvis died 16 August 1977, in Graceland Memphis Tennessee. He
was 42 years old
Auctioneer Darren Julien is selling Elvis Presley’s original crypt to the highest bidder on June 23. The tomb is located inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis
Elvis was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were re-buried at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since.
The winning bid will receive the crypt, the vault for burial, a memorialization inscription
year n 16 August the "ELVIS WEEK" vigil has become the most watched online event
via the Graceland cam. In death as in life Elvis will remain and remembered by his millions of fans around the world.
Many around the world make the Graceland pilgrimage. Other say a prayer at the Graceland Chapel, others pop in a DVD and remember Elvis
in concert, but mostly Elvis will remains in our hearts forever
was a day that,
much like the day that President Kennedy was assassinated, everyone
remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard
the news - "Elvis is Dead" Elvis
Presley's funeral two
days later became a media circus. With thousands of fans arriving in
Memphis to pay their respects to the King at Elvis' Graceland.
August 17, 1977 At 3pm the doors of the
Graceland mansion were opened for the public viewing of Elvis Presley.
The mourners ranged from pre-teens to middle aged and older men and
women. The crowd outside the Graceland Gates was estimated to be
hundred thousand despite the stifling heat. The line of mourners file
past Elvis' coffin until 6.30pm when it was decided the the heat and
humidity would take its toll on Elvis' body.
18, 1977 Elvis funeral service at Graceland was followed by a
ceremony and burial. A motorcade of 14 white Cadillacs with Elvis hearse
driven by Trent Webb lined the streets from Graceland to Forrest Hill
At the funeral service the officiating minister was Rev Bradley. Those attending the
funeral included, Priscilla, Lisa Marie, Vernon and Minnie Mae Presley,
Chet Atkins, Caroline Kennedy (who represented Rolling Stone Magazine) Ann-Margret
with her husband Roger Smith, Col Tom Parker, James
Brown, Charlie Hodges
George Hamilton, Ginger Alden,
Linda Thompson, Sammy Davis Jr.
Jackie Kahane gave the eulogy.
Jake Hess and the Statesmen sang "Known Only to Him" James
Blackwood and the Stamps sang, "How Great Thou Art" and gave a
melodious rendition of "Sweet, Sweet Spirit" an "His Hand in
Mine" Bill Baise of the Stamps sang "When It's My Turn" and
sang a tearful "Heavenly Father".
The pallbearers at Elvis' funeral were, Jerry
SchillingJoe Esposito, George Klein, Lamar
Fike Billy Smith, Gene
Smith, Dr. Nichopoulous,
will be with you soon. Daddy will be with you soon," cried Vernon Presley. Two years later
26 June 1979 Vernon Presley died of a broken heart.
Elvis was laid to rest in a mausoleum alongside his mother
Gladys. Under heavy guard, a simple reverent ceremony was
conducted. At the time of his death Graceland was valued at
President Jimmy Carter's message to the
nation was; "With Elvis Presley a part of our country died as
well." Others said that the American Dream died with Elvis. There
is no doubt that with Elvis' death rock n roll music died and the world
would never be the same again.
Joe Esposito was going to announce the death, but was to overcome
with grief. Half an hour later, on the steps of
a grief strickenVernon
announced to the world: "My son, Elvis is dead..."
Within minutes the press headlines announced:
The Memphis Press
Scimitar announced: LONELY LIFE ENDS ON ELVIS PRESLEY
BOULEVARD The French headlines read: L'ADIEU A ELVIS!
The British FrontPage said: KING ELVIS DEAD AT 42 AND ALONE.
The Soviet newspaper PRAVDA ran a full-page; ELVIS IS DEAD.
THE USA HAS GIVEN US THREE CULTURAL PHENOMENON: MICKEY MOUSE, COKE A COLA AND ELVIS PRESLEY
The Australian Herald - ONE HOUR BATTLE FAILS. KING ELVIS DIES