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10 Ways The World Celebrated Elvis Presley's Birthday

January 08, 2014


1. 2014 Elvis Presley Proclamation Ceremony on Livestream




Special guests Knox Phillips and Wink Martindale helped cut the cake as the 60 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll celebration kicked off at Graceland. Also, surprise guest "TODAY Show's" Jenna Bush joined YouTube's "Blue Christmas" star David Thibault in singing "Happy Birthday" for the king. Don't miss her exclusive story on the celebration and the 16-year-old singing sensation, airing soon on the "TODAY Show."

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2. SiriusXM Elvis Radio - Channel 19's Live Coverage



Hear live reports from SiriusXM's Elvis Radio in Memphis as Elvis Presley's Graceland kicks off the "60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll" celebration during the annual birthday festivities. Musician and SiriusXM Outlaw Country host Shooter Jennings will join the party, along with other special guests. In addition, you'll hear historic programs from the "Best of Elvis Radio" library throughout the week featuring Lisa Marie Presley, country legends Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Wanda Jackson and many more.

Tune in to SiriusXM Elvis Radio - Channel 19.



3. #HappyBirthdayElvis Celebration on Social Media


 
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4. Rolling Stone Presents "Elvis Presley Through the Years"




In celebration of the king's birthday, Rolling Stone posted a photo gallery spanning Elvis' life from Tupelo, MS to his rise to stardom. Several rare photos are featured in this special birthday tribute to the king.

View photo gallery on RollingStone.com.



5. Spotify Creates Special Elvis Birthday Playlists




The King's Forebearers: http://spoti.fi/1lNfX4w
Long Live the King: http://spoti.fi/19bkOfI
Jailhouse Mock: http://spoti.fi/1dtj7WQ
The Undiscovered Elvis: http://spoti.fi/1ddfBVz
The Essential Elvis: http://spoti.fi/1bO9EIy
25 Elvis Love Songs Can't Be Wrong: http://spoti.fi/1htqZhT

In addition, Spotify created some really cool photos and shared them via their Facebook and @Spotify on Twitter.

Check out the playlists on Spotify.



6. NBC News' "Six Great Elvis Moments to Honor the King's Birthday"



NBC News writes: "Presley lives on forever in our popular culture. Here are six great moments from the world of the one, the only, Elvis."

In addition to their six great moments, NBC News features several photo galleries looking back on the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

View photo gallerys on NBCNews.com.



7. Elvis Presley's History on the Billboard Charts



Elvis Presley wasn't just the King of Rock 'n' Roll. He remains Billboard chart royalty. On the anniversary of his birthday of the late icon, here's a look back at five of his most impressive chart records.

Read complete article on Billboard.com.



8. VH1's "10 Best Elvis Presley Covers In Hard Rock"



Almost every significant rocker of the past 50 + years has cited Elvis as an inspiration, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, from U2 to Green Day. His influence on hard rock and even heavy metal lingers on its sense of dangerous sexuality and patented, anti-authoritarian sneer as heard in these 15 hard rocking Elvis covers.

Watch videos of rockin' Elvis covers on VH1.com.



9. Huffington Post's Thoughtful Remembrance



Huffington Post writes: "The iconic singer charted more than 30 song entries on surveys that chronicled popular music beginning in 1956. He also has 80 top 40 Hot 100 hits and 129 Billboard 200 charted albums, the highest total in the chart's 56-year history. R.I.P., Elvis."

Read the complete article on HuffingtonPost.com



10. Perez Hilton Features Celebrity Elvis Covers



It's no secret Hollywood buzz blogger Perez Hilton is a huge Elvis fan and in honor of the king, Perez features several videos from famous artists who share his love of Elvis Presley.

In honor of the legend's birthday, we've collected our favorite celeb versions of his most ionic jams to enjoy! Stars like Justin Timberlake, Miranda Lambert, and more have shown their love by covering some of the hip machine's most popular tracks!


Watch celebrity covers of Elvis' music on PerezHilton.com.