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Aug 16, 2010

Remembering Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley Fans Gather in Hometown for Memorial

Elvis Presley fans gather to commemorate the King near his home in Graceland on the 30th anniversary of his death in 2007. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley fans and followers are gathering at Graceland to commemorate the king of rock 'n' roll's death starting on Sunday night on into the next day.

Temperatures there soared to the 100-degree Fahrenheit mark but it left die-hard fans unfettered.

Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977 in his home and fans on Sunday started gathering outside the walls where he once lived, reported the Associated Press. The mansion and its accompanying estate are known as Graceland.

On Sunday night, a candlelight vigil will be held to commemorate his life and what he accomplished.

The vigil usually lasts all night long and draws several thousand people from around the U.S. as well as from around the world.

"We were driving this small Volkswagen and they said on the news that Elvis Presley had died and I was crying in the back seat," Norwegian Elvis fan Rune Rindalsholt told Fox affiliate television station WTVA in Memphis, who was on a journey to visit the King's hometown.

During Elvis Week, as it is called, fans held club meetings, had Elvis impersonator contests, and took part in other events. And yes, copious amounts of peanut butter and banana sandwiches—one of his favorite foods—were served around the city.

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