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Elvis Presley celebrated on 35th anniversary of his death

August 16, 2012|By Randy Lewis
  • Elvis Presley, in a 1970 performance at the Inglewood Forum, is being celebrated on the 35th anniversary of his death.
Elvis Presley, in a 1970 performance at the Inglewood Forum, is being celebrated… (Harry Chase / Los Angeles…)

Thirty-five years after his death, Elvis still lives.

Elvis Presley fans can check in on the candlelight vigil going on in Memphis, Tenn.,  to mark the anniversary of the singer’s death on Presley’s official website, www.elvis.com. According to the site, more than 75,000 people have turned out for the vigil at his Graceland mansion to mark his death on Aug. 16, 1977. 

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His daughter, Lisa Marie, and his ex-wife, Priscilla, will host a 35th anniversary concert at the city's FedEx Forum tonight starting at 8:10 p.m. Pacific time. The event will blend film footage of Elvis Presley in concert and his recorded vocals backed by live music by the Memphis Symphony as well as many of the musicians who backed him on tour, including guitarist James Burton, pianist Glen D. Hardin, drummer D.J. Fontana  and the Sweet Inspirations vocal group.

Elsewhere, among the plethora of events being staged to mark the anniversary of his death at age 42, the American Cinematheque will host a Q&A and book signing at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood by songwriter and publisher Mike Stoller, half of the songwriting-publishing-production team of Leiber & Stoller, who crafted many songs Presley recorded. The session will be followed by a screening of the performer's 1957 film “Jailhouse Rock,” which featured Stoller in a cameo appearance playing piano for Presley.

Stoller, 79, will draw from the 2009 book “Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography” about his long partnership with lyricist Jerry Leiber, who died last year at age 78. They wrote “Jailhouse Rock,” “Loving You,” “Don’t” and “King Creole” for Presley, among the dozens of hits they wrote for a wide range of rock, pop and R&B singers, mostly in the 1950s and '60s.

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