published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Fans gather at Graceland for Elvis Presley's 79th birthday

  • photo
    Brenda Bahn-Moore, of Bentonville, Ark., snaps a photo of Elvis Presley's 78th birthday cake during festivities at Graceland in Memphis on Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MEMPHIS — Elvis Presley fans have gathered at Graceland to honor the late rock 'n' roll icon's 79th birthday.

Television personality Wink Martindale and Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, attended Wednesday's celebration at Graceland, Presley's longtime Memphis home. The event featured a cake cutting and the singing of "Happy Birthday" by 16-year-old Canadian David Thibault.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss., on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He was 42 when he died Aug. 16, 1977.

Presley recorded his first song "That's All Right" at Sun Studio in 1954. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the recording and the first radio airplay of the single by disc jockey Dewey Phillips on the "Red, Hot, and Blue" show.

about Associated Press...

The Associated Press

Other National Articles

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.