Elvis Presley’s birthday was commemorated in Memphis on Tuesday. Fans from all over the world gathered at Graceland to pay their respects to the rock idol who would have turned 78, the Associated Press reports.
Fans coming from as far as Japan or Brazil met up at Graceland in Memphis to sing “Happy Birthday” to the rock’n’roll legend and to witness 13-year-old Isabella Scott cut the cake. The girl leads an online Elvis fan club that includes over 2,000 members.
During the ceremony, the Memphis and Shelby County mayors read a proclamation of Elvis Presley’s Day in front of a crowd composed of fans from Brazil, England, France, Japan, Spain and the U.S.
The rock’n’roll icon was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and was 13 years old when he first moved to Memphis alongside his parents in 1935, on January 8th. He recorded his first song in 1954 at the Sun Studio in his new hometown and made Memphis his primary home for the rest of his life. The artist died at the age of 42 in 1977, on August 16th.
Elvis’ birthday celebration stretched on for several days. On Saturday, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performed a concert dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ landmark “Aloha from Hawaii” show. On Tuesday, the exhibit showcasing Presley’s movies and concerts in Hawaii memorabilia opened as part of the Graceland tourist attractions section, located across the street from the mansion.
During the commemorative speech, Memphis Mayor Wharton Jr. said: “Like coffee and cream, grits and gravy, peanut butter and bananas … Memphis and Elvis is a combination that was just meant to be.”