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Elvis fans to flock to Graceland for birthday celebration

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published January 2, 2014 at 9:21 a.m.

Elvis Presley fans, including the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team and a 16-year-old YouTube singer, will flock to Graceland to celebrate and honor the late rock 'n' roll icon on his birthday next Wednesday.

The four-day celebration will kick off on Elvis' birthday, Jan. 8.

Radio and television personality Wink Martindale will be in attendance, along with his wife, Sandra, who had dated Elvis during the years of his early career. They will share stories about their time with Elvis and answer fans' questions.

David Thibault, a Canadian teen whose rendition of "Blue Christmas" went viral with more than 7 million views in less than a week, will lead Elvis fans in "Happy Birthday" on Wednesday. Thibault will also perform for the Elvis Insiders fan club the next day.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will play songs by Elvis later in the week, including "That's All Right," according to Graceland officials.

Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42 of a heart attack in his Memphis home. He would turn 79 on Wednesday.

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