Elvis Presley fans are visiting the icon’s grave at Graceland during the annual vigil commemorating his death 42 years ago today.
Presley died on August 16, 1977.
Presley admirers from all over the world descend on Memphis every year to honor his life and career during Elvis Week.
The vigil is the week’s cornerstone event, with silent mourners filing slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former home, Graceland. The vigil started last night and runs into today.
The Graceland tourist attraction draws about 500,000 visitors annually.
Presley starred in 33 films, sold more than one billion records, earned 14 Grammy nomination and three wins. More than 100 of his songs earned Top 40 spots and in 1986 he was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.