Elvis Presley would have been 79 yesterday, but we lost the King of Rock 'n' Roll when he was just 42, back in 1977. Unless you're one of the crowd that chooses to believe the King never left us, that he's still around somewhere, hanging with Bigfoot or aliens, living a happy life out of the public spotlight that so dominated his life.
But regardless of that, Presley lives on forever in our popular culture. Here are six great moments from the world of the one, the only, Elvis.
- 'Ed Sullivan Show' appearances in 1956 and 1957
Popular television host Ed Sullivan had said Presley was unfit for a family audience, but when the singer was a hit on other shows, Sullivan decided to bring him on.
- Sergeant Elvis
Near the end of 1957, Presley received his draft notice and the joined as a regular soldier.
- 1968 comeback special
Presley's star had slipped a bit by 1968, but his now-famous television comeback special, "Elvis," was a return worthy of the King.
- Elvis meets Nixon
The famed 1970 photo of a velvet-clad Presley shaking hands with then-president Richard Nixon is the most-requested photo held by the National Archives. Jowly Nixon and sultry Presley might as well have come from different planets.
- Shooting the TV
It sounds like an urban legend, but Elvis' own father confirmed to Good Housekeeping that his son did indeed shoot out a television set. (see Vernon Interview here)
- Elvis US stamp vote
In 1992, Americans cast their votes for which image of Elvis to use. Incredibly nearly 1.2 million ballots were cast.