Presley dies at age 42
“MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley, the Mississippi boy whose rock ‘n’ roll guitar and gyrating hips changed American musical styles, died Tuesday afternoon of heart failure.”
So began the story on the front page of the Wednesday August 17, 1977 Topeka Daily Capital. Elvis Presley made headlines for over twenty years for his music, movies and distinctive style. Though his life ended when he was only 42, his works, lifestyle and influence still hold a significant place in American culture.
On this, the 34th anniversary of the King’s passing, browse the catalog or stop by the library and learn more through books, films, music CDs, downloadable music and audio books and ebooks. Check the vertical files and newspapers in the Topeka Room to learn more about Elvis’ 1956 performance at Topeka’s Municipal Auditorium (now TPAC).