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Elvis Would Be 80 Today

His first recording will be auctioned in commemoration
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
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Posted Jan 8, 2015 3:44 PM CST
Elvis Would Be 80 Today
Elvis Presley would be 80 years old today.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – Happy Birthday, Elvis. The king would be 80 today had he lived, and fans have gathered at Graceland in sub-freezing temperatures to pay homage. Ex-wife Priscilla and their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, joined fans from around the world for a cake-cutting ceremony outside Elvis' longtime Memphis home. They also sang "Happy Birthday" in 15-degree weather. Elvis was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. He moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13, and died Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis at age 42.

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An auction of Elvis-related memorabilia is scheduled for this evening, and among the items will be Presley's first recording. It's an acetate he made in 1953 when he walked into Sun Records in Memphis and sang "My Happiness." As the story goes, it was supposed to be a gift for his mom, but he left the $4 acetate at a friend's house, and it's been stored in a safe for decades now. Bidding starts at $50,000. (Read more Elvis Presley stories.)

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