Elvis Fans Offer Burning Love

Fans around the world pay tribute, cough up cash to honor the King
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 16, 2007 6:49 AM CDT
Elvis Presley fans take part in a candlelight ceremony outside the walls of Graceland, Presley's Memphis home, marking the 30th anniversary of the death of Presley in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, Aug. 15,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Elvis fans braved 100-degree heat to make the pilgrimage to Graceland for the 30th anniversary of the King's death, lining up last night for a candlelight vigil and chance to pay their respects. Tens of thousands were expected to file past the grave and snap up commemorative T-shirts.

Some have come every year since the singer died of heart failure at 42;  T-shirts bearing Presley's image included a note thanking fans, Reuters reports, "for 30 great years!"  "Elvis blows the wind our way every now and again," said one man warding off the sun with a beach umbrella yesterday. (Read more music stories.)