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Presley family leads tribute to The King on 40th anniversary of Elvis's death

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Presley family leads tribute to The King on 40th anniversary of Elvis's death

<p>It is forty years since the death of The King, Elvis Presley, at his <a href="https://www.graceland.com/blog/elvis-presleys-graceland-by-the-numbers/">Graceland</a> mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, and thousands of fans gathered for a candlelit vigil to commemmorate the moment.</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e8jAqvmnsIk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Open to the public for the last 34 years, since when more than 20 million visitors have passed through its gates, Elvis was just 22 when he bought Graceland., in 1957. Surviving family members led the celebration.</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MMmljYkdr-w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>An entire week of honouring the King of Rock ‘n Roll climaxes on the ninteenth of August, but in fact the family estate appears to be sailing in a dying wind.</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PU5xxh5UX4U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>A 2016 poll in the UK found that a third of young adults had never heard an Elvis song, and in this digital age Elvis may get nearly 400 million listens on one streaming site, both Bowie and Michael Jackson top 600 million, while the Beatles, who stopped making music six years before Elvis died, are north of 1.3 billion.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“My fans want my shirt. They can have my shirt. They put it on my back.” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElvisPresley?src=hash">#ElvisPresley</a> <a href="https://t.co/T3psF2qdQc">pic.twitter.com/T3psF2qdQc</a></p>— Elvis Presley (@ElvisPresley) <a href="https://twitter.com/ElvisPresley/status/896061910780526592">August 11, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Auction houses have noticed the difference, too. Prized memorabilia that was once fought over for lavish sums have lost value, and the bidding only picks up for the rarest pieces nowadays, with a dwindling band of ageing bidders to support the market.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Graceland still a tourist mecca, 40 years after Elvis death <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Elvis?src=hash">#Elvis</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Memphis?src=hash">#Memphis</a> <a href="https://t.co/Kr7vA6foNM">pic.twitter.com/Kr7vA6foNM</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/896699119628034048">August 13, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Elvis was also denied the chance to re-invent himself in the post-punk rock reformation by dying young, missing out on a new wave of producers. His career at that point was at a low ebb, and the circumstances and manner of his death did little to add to the lustre.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How Elvis Presley Will Leave Charts All Shook Up 40 Years On<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Elvis?src=hash">#Elvis</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElvisPresley?src=hash">#ElvisPresley</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Elvis40?src=hash">#Elvis40</a> <a href="https://t.co/qFhMSG68KW">https://t.co/qFhMSG68KW</a></p>— Elvis Presley News (@Elvis_News) <a href="https://twitter.com/Elvis_News/status/894325508019675136">6 août 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>And while the voice is eternal and transcends generations, Elvis the man <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/16/millennials-elvis-presley-legacy">does not traduce especially well</a> to contemporary multicultural America beyond his southern heartland.</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kj9SeMZE_Yw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>