Presley dies at age 42

The Presley family's grave site on the grounds of Graceland in Memphis.

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).

For all things Elvis and information on this year’s Elvis Week, visit Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Matt Pettit

Matt is a Public Service Specialist for the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. His areas of responsibility include outreach library services to nursing homes, senior, retirement and congregate living centers; service to homebound library users; the Kansas Talking Books service; Book Group in a Bag program and the history and sports neighborhoods of the library’s nonfiction collection.