The king of rock and roll, or simply “the king” to his fans, died suddenly on August 16, 1977, from heart failure after battling weight gain and a dependency on prescription drugs.
40 years since his death, here are some key figures that illustrate the magnitude of his career and legacy.
On August 19, 1977, Elvis’ body was transferred from Graceland to a cemetery in Forest Hills, escorted by a hearse of 15 white Cadillacs.
The age at which he released his first single on July 5, 1954. It was called “That’s All Right” and was originally written by Blues singer Arthur Crudup.
Forbes magazine last year ranked the star as the fourth-highest-earning deceased celebrity for the revenue his empire continues to generate.
Elvis appeared in his first film, the western “Love Me Tender”, in 1956, aged 21. It was an immediate success.
90 and 53
Elvis’ music has earned scores of special discs to recognise its sales success. He has netted 90 gold and 53 platinum discs. (An artist must sell 500,000 units for a gold and one million for a platinum, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.)
40 years ago the world lost a bona-fide legend. The king of Rock & Roll – Elvis Presley.
Pictured here with Billy Fury in 1962. pic.twitter.com/b5ooMgJ4zN