Today would have been Elvis Presley’s 73rd birthday, and since Christine and I are still in our first full year of crazy Elvis fandom, we were a little unsure of how to celebrate. There was never a question of celebrating, mind you, just what exactly to do?
So, just after midnight last night, I gathered all the Elvis paraphernalia I could find in our place, set up a shrine to The King and finally lit that rocking “Forever Elvis” prayer candle we bought last August at Graceland.
And that’s just the beginning…Christine has toyed with the idea of making a cake later tonight and possibly even peanut butter and banana sandwiches — done Cali-style, with crunchy peanut butter NOT smooth — but trust me, nothing we could do, could possibly compare to the celebration happening today at Graceland.
Apparently not as well attended as the Elvis Week festivities held each August (culminating on August 16th, the day he died in 1977) the annual Elvis Presley birthday celebration at Graceland is nothing to scoff at.
According to Elvis.com, the annual cake cutting on the front lawn will be even more festive this year with the appearance (for the first time EVER at this event) of none other than the ex-Mrs. Elvis herself, Priscilla Presley. Very cool!
Then, complimentary birthday cake and coffee will be served at the Chrome Cafe across the street from the mansion! Wow…we didn’t get no free coffee for Elvis Week! And even cooler still, the cake is being designed by the “culinary artists” at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, so it should be pretty cool looking.
Anyway, wherever you are and however you chose to celebrate Elvis Presley’s 73rd birthday, have a good one…and long live The King!
7 responses to “Happy Birthday, Elvis!”
Great photos! Behold, the Sacred Heart of Elvis.
Thanks for the comments, Eek! That “Happy Birthday, Elvis” post on your Velocity blog today was very cool too…brought back some great memories of our trip to Memphis! I think we did the exact same things on our trip as you did!
And all I can say about “The Sacred Heart of Elvis” is, wow…wish I’d thought of that! AMAZING!
Wow, great photography of the Elvis shit. I was going to ask where you found those cool photos only to discover that you took them yourself. Wow, maybe Ryan is rubbing off on you after all! (that last sentence doesn’t sound right). 🙂
Anyway, cool tribute, even if you are a latecomer to the Elvis phenomenon.
Happy Birthday King!
Hey, why don’t you go to Graceland for Elvis’ 75th birthday in 2010? It shouldn’t be as crazy as it is in August. This time I’m coming with you!
Man, I gotta go to Graceland. I just gotta.
You’re right…you gotta go. Drop that picket sign, girl and head on down to Memphis. NOW. It’ll be worth every penny you spend on admission!
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