Today is the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, which means that even as you read this, Graceland workers are hard at work sorting, cataloging and otherwise disposing of the thousands of flowers, cards, framed pictures, candles, and Christ and angel figurines left over from Monday's overnight candlelight vigil. The Memphis Commercial Appeal estimated the crowd at around 20,000 this year.
This morning, as a report on the vigil scrolled across the ABC News crawl on Good Morning America, Rocks Off thought, "I wonder what else people have left at Elvis' grave?" A few short hours later, here you go.
The U2 drummer and Harley-riding man among men gets visibly choked up while talking about visiting Graceland in the 1988 film Rattle & Hum. "I really wish he hadn't been buried in the backyard," he says. "I wish he would have been buried somewhere I couldn't have gone."
Lots of teddy bears.
Again, lots of American flags and stuffed frogs. In honor of Elvis' military service, "American Trilogy" and "Froggy Went a-Courtin'," we presume.
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By a young Brazilian girl, signed "Elvis, Te Amo"; no photo available. Described in Portugese woman Celia Carvalho's nearly 120-page account of her visit to Tupelo and Memphis for the 20th anniversary of Elvis' death in 1997.
Sort of. This is the trailer for Elvis' Grave, David Westbrook Hughens' 1992 comedy (co-written by "G.I. Blewze") about what happens when the world's largest Elvis-impersonating contest comes to Purvis Wayne Melvin's hometown, and the local boy decides to win by any means necessary. Uh huh. Click here for the "chainsaw scene." "Remember that impersonation is the highest form of flattery, unless you are caught dead in the act," Hughens posted on Amazon.com upon the film's long-overdue DVD release in 2006.
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One of the better theories about Elvis faking his death says the King and his Memphis Mafia henchmen commissioned a custom coffin that could accommodate a 900-pound AC unit (in cooling capacity, not actual weight). Its purpose was to keep the wax replica of Elvis' corpse from melting forever afterward so Elvis, as "John Burrows" (an alias he had used before), could jet off to Buenos Aires and then parts unknown.