Today (August 16th) marks the 37th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Elvis died of a heart attack on August 16th, 1977 at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42-years-old. Last night hundreds of fans gathered at Graceland to begin the annual candlelight vigil for the "King Of Rock N' Roll" who would be 79 years old.
Just reissued is Elvis' 1970 album and documentary Elvis: That's The Way It Is, which is now available together for the first time in a deluxe box set. That’s The Way It Is: Deluxe Edition includes an expanded version of the original LP, six complete shows from Elvis’ historic Summer 1970 Las Vegas season, rarely seen Los Angeles rehearsal sessions, the 1970 theatrical edit and the 2001 Special Edition of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is, along with an 80-page booklet featuring rare photographs, memorabilia and recording data.
We asked Elvis' original drummer DJ Fontana, who ultimately decided on the rhythm of Elvis' classic '50s singles: "Well, sometimes I would -- sometimes Elvis would count it off the way he felt it. So it was a mixture of different guys and sometimes (guitarist) Scotty (Moore) would do it, just according to what kind of mood we was (laughs) all in, y'know? But it seemed like it all, it all turned out good for some reason. Who knows? Y'know what, those things happen." -- Amphetamines: 1,790; Sedatives: 4,996; Narcotics: 2,019
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