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Thousands Remember Elvis At Graceland

More than 75- thousand fans have traveled to Graceland to remember the king of rock and roll.     30 years ago today, the world lost easily the most recognized man in music, the king of rock-n-roll,  Elvis Presley. He died in his Graceland mansion at the age of 42. Overnight, thousands of Elvis fans filed quietly past the king's grave site during the candlelight vigil many leaving behind homemade tributes to Elvis.

     "I can't explain it, if you're not an Elvis fan, I can't explain it" said one fan from Australia.

  "His music said come along we're going to have fun, jump on my bandwagon we're going to have a nice long ride" said another fan.

     In the three decades since Elvis death, despite stories of scandal and more, his music continues to be some of the most popular in the world. That's not surprising to Elvis' long-time friend Jerry Schilling.

    "He had a charisma, there's the music business , then there's Elvis... He had a love" said Schilling.

     "Every song he sang he put his heart and soul into it. It's hard to have a favorite song because just when you say, 'oh, this is my favorite,' you hear another song and go, 'oh, this is my favorite.' then, you hear another and say, 'oh, that song brings back memories" said former wife, Priscilla Presley.

     Elvis fans from England fought back tears while paying their respects.

    "I think we missed out, because he never came (to England). We wanted him to come so much. But, he didn't. So this is the best we can get" said English visitor Barbara Bowers.

     His popularity remains world-wide, even in Israel, where a statue and tribute artists, honor his memory today.

    "He has a tender voice, very emotional voice" said an Israeli Elvis fan. And years later,  Elvis is still the king. Bob Hallmark/

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