Happy 80th Birthday Elvis Presley, The King of Rock

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It's been 38 years since Elvis Presley permanently left the building. But the legacy of the man once hailed as the King lives on.

The late and great “King of Rock and Roll,” would have celebrated his 80th birthday today.

To commemorate the occasion, Legacy Recordings has released Elvis’s Complete '60s Albums Collection Vol. 1 on iTunes, reports Rolling Stone. A brand-new site entitled ElvisTheMusic.com, with the King’s extensive discography and upcoming news, went live today.

"Elvis is my man," Paul McCartney said. "He was a big influence on the Beatles and he just was great."

The rockabilly renegade died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1977, reportedly from a drug-induced cardiac arrhythmia, but many believe this isn’t the whole story.

In 2010, his friend and former personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulous, said he believed chronic constipation, not a cardiac arrhythmia, is what dethroned the King.

Priscilla Presley, the ex-wife of Elvis, cuts a birthday cake on what would have been his 80th birthday
The secrecy surrounding the autopsy has led conspiracy theorists to proclaim that the King is still alive, citing the curious different spelling of his middle name on his gravestone, him reportedly cutting family members out of his will shortly before his death and photos of Elvis lying in his casket that the National Enquirer ran after they cut a deal with Elvis’s cousin as reasons to doubt his death.

Some say he faked his death and now goes by the name Jon Burrows, a fellow who resembled the King and supposedly purchased a plane ticket from Memphis to Buenos Aires, Argentina, the day after Elvis was proclaimed dead. Or, he went by the name Jimmy Ellis and actually died in the 1990s .

Books galore have been published about the Elvis conspiracy too, including one to be published later next month entitled Elvis Is Alive. TV actor and Presley pal Bill Bixby hosted two television programs dedicated to unpacking the myth of Elvis, The Elvis

Files(1990) and The Elvis Conspiracy (1992), which suggest that Presley went into the federal Witness Protection Program after he took part in a sting operation and feared fatal backlash from the Mafia, or that he faked his own death to rake in post-mortem

cash. Bixby, who died a year after the program aired, may have been on to something: the Presley estate is making far more money in wake of the King’s death than in life, an estimated $55 million in 2011.

Is that true or just our wish?
Whether you believe the conspiracy theories or not, the myth of Elvis lives on. You never know.


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