Since Elvis Presley's death 40 years ago this week, devotees of the performer — who was born into poverty in Tupelo, Miss., and became an international star — have been flocking to Memphis for Elvis Week, the annual celebration of his life and career.
It coincides with the anniversary of Presley's death in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977, and draws visitors from around the world. This year, most fans will have their first glimpse of a newly built entertainment complex that has replaced and updated old exhibits focused on Presley's cars, movies and memorabilia. About 30,000 people are expected to attend a candlelight vigil that begins Tuesday night and continues into Wednesday morning at Graceland, where Presley is buried.
For the first time, Graceland will charge fans for access to Presley's grave site during the nighttime vigil. Visitors can pay $28.75 to join the procession leading to the graves.
Bill Medley, who comprised half the Righteous Brothers duo, will be there. So will Ginger Holladay, who was only 17 when she sang backup on Presley hits "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto."