Fans of the King of Rock-N-Roll are celebrating his 83rd birthday. Graceland held a huge birthday bash for Elvis Presley Monday.
The centerpiece was a gigantic birthday cake that had pictures of the Presley on it.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell also made a special announcement at the ceremony. “Therefore we, Jim Strickland and Mark Luttrell, do hereby proclaim January 8, 2018 as the day to celebrate the life, the work and the 83rd birthday of Elvis Aaron Presley.”
Fans also received a bonus gift; the ribbon cutting of a new exhibit. Called Hollywood Backlot, it features production sets from the television series “Sun Records.”
The show was aired on CMT last year. Musician Will Tucker, who played the role of Elvis’ guitarist Scotty Moore in the series, was on hand for the opening.
He talked to Local 24 about what it was like being at Graceland for the King’s birthday.
“It’s always so overwhelming to see everyone come to Graceland year after year for, whether it be the anniversary of his passing or whether it be his birthday, and it can’t help but be inspiring to someone like me who cherishes Elvis and cherishes classic music,” says Tucker.
Included in the Hollywood Backlot exhibit are iconic set pieces that will take guests back to the historic Memphis recording service studio and WHBQ radio, exactly as these locations appeared in “Sun Records.”
The show was set in the late 1950’s during the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.
Every year, thousands of people visit Memphis for the King’s birthday bash.