Fans Upset With New Charge at Elvis Vigil

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 16, 2017

They held candles and walked along the graves of Presley and his relatives at the Meditation Garden at Graceland, his former home-turned-museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis Presley could be back at top of the United Kingdom album exactly 40 years since his death - but only if he manages to outsell Ed Sheeran. He died in Memphis on August 16, 1977. While accurate numbers are not available for Tuesday's vigil, officials were expecting around 30,000 to 50,000 fans to attend. Four decades have now passed since the music icon's death.

Many fans are not happy.

"The vigil should be free cause we're all here because we love Elvis", said Denise Meyer of Dallas.

Priscilla had daughter Lisa Marie with the Suspicious Minds musician and even after they went their separate ways, she remained closed to the rest of the Presley clan and still has a bond with Elvis' relatives.

The King of Rock and Roll, who belted out hits from "Jailhouse Rock" to "Burning Love" and "Hound Dog", sold more than 1 billion records worldwide and had 149 charting singles, 114 of them reaching the Top 40, according to Billboard.

For the first time, Graceland will charge fans for access to Presley's gravesite during the nighttime vigil.

A few Presley fans made a pilgrimage to Graceland the year he died, and they've continued coming ever since. They are in business.

An image of Elvis Presley shows the revered performer singing as his band plays below at the start of the Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary Concert in 2002 in Memphis, Tenn. But if it were not for the fans, probably he would be, you know, like, 'Yeah I remember him. I think we all know, deep down, that it's what he would have wanted.

"I really think that Elvis Presley is a name only - I don't really think he influences anyone anymore", said Dave Snider, a music instructor at Washington State University, where he teaches a rock "n" roll history course.

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