Remembering Elvis: From Graceland to the Promised Land

Merle Haggard, Ronnie McDowell paid tribute

On the sultry Tuesday afternoon of August 16, 1977, it seemed that the only news in the world was that Elvis Presley had died at the age of 42. All the planet’s other happenings were of secondary concern.

Presley’s health had been declining for years, reducing him to a bloated, mumbling caricature of the handsome young man who’d changed the sound and thrust of popular music, supercharging it with sexiness and glamour. But dying? That was unthinkable.

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