Thousands of people from the four corners of the planet have made the pilgrimage to Tennessee to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of the man they call “The King”. Elvis Presley is buried at his Graceland home in Memphis, and his tomb has been the focus of a candle-lit vigil ever since he died of heart failure at the early age of 42.
For many though the King lives on. “Sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday he was gone but it’s been 30 years already. I think about him every night and I think about him every day and talk to him every day,” said Lynn Russert.
An Elvis pilgrimage is a multi-national affair. One German says he’s dreamt of seeing Graceland for 30 years and that while the world keeps changing, Elvis will always remain the King. Despite scepticism over the merchandising and the cashing-in – Elvis Presley Enterprises is set to make millions from souvenirs – the man’s cultural impact was profound.
His music but also his look and attitude had never been seen before and have not been seen since, despite the best efforts of his millions of impersonators.