The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.
Here is the next line in the song:
well I was a kid when Elvis died
and my mama cried
August 16, 1977. That was the day the King of Rock & Roll died. Elvis Presley was suppose to fly out of Memphis that night to begin a tour. But his girlfriend, Ginger Alden, found him on his bathroom floor. There were multiple attempts to revive him, but he was officially pronounced dead at 3:30 pm at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Here are some news broadcasts reporting his death:
Thousands of people gathered outside Graceland to view the open casket. Presley’s funeral was held at Graceland, on Thursday, August 18. Approximately 80,000 people lined the processional route to Forest Hill Cemetery, where Presley was buried next to his mother. Of course, there was a wacko that tried to steal his body, so Elvis and his mother were reburied in Graceland’s Meditation Garden on October 2. Graceland was opened to the public in 1982. It is the second most-visited home in the United States, after the White House.
We have seen our share of tragic deaths in the past year – Corey Haim, Gary Coleman, and of course Michael Jackson.
Elvis’ death may be the earliest memory of a celebrity dying before their time should have been up.
Does anybody remember the day that Elvis died, and how were you affected?
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