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August 17th, 1977, the day after "the King of Rock and Roll" died, set the record for most flowers sold in the US on a single day.

According to then-Associated Press reporter Mark Knoller, who covered Elvis Presley's funeral in Memphis, the grounds of the Forest Hill Cemetery were a "sea of flowers."

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ELVIS PRESLEY FUNERAL, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, USA-18TH AUGUST 1977. Forest Hill Cemetry, Memphis, Tennessee, USA where Elvis Presley was buried. (Photo by Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images)
Pallbearers carry the flower covered coffin of Elvis Presley into the Forest Hills Cemeteries mausoleum in Memphis, Aug. 18, 1977. Flowers covered the area around the mausoleum and were later handed out to mourners. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 1977 file photo, a florist adds more floral arrangements to the overflowing collection of flowers that cover the ground at the mausoleum where singer Elvis Presley will be entombed during funeral services today in Memphis, Tenn. Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says the crypt inside the granite and marble mausoleum where Presley was originally entombed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., will be part of his "Music Icons" auction on June 23 and 24, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo, File)
ELVIS PRESLEY FUNERAL, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, USA-18TH AUGUST 1977. Floral Tributes to Elvis Presley funeral outside Forest Hill Cemetry, Memphis. (Photo by Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images)
ELVIS PRESLEY FUNERAL, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, USA-18TH AUGUST 1977. Forest Hill Cemetry, Memphis, Tennessee, USA where Elvis Presley was buried. (Photo by Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images)
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"I remember a spokesperson for FTD, the flowers-by-wire service, telling us they had more orders that day for Elvis than ever before in their history," Knoller later wrote for CBS News. "We were told 3,116 floral arrangements had been delivered."

By that afternoon, Memphis ran out of flowers and scrambled to get additional flowers shipped in from around the nation.

Elvis, 42, was pronounced dead at the Baptist Memorial Hospital after his girlfriend found him unconscious in his bathroom on August 16th.

The official cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia.

"The King's" funeral was held on August 18th in his Graceland mansion.

The home remains the second-most visited residence in the US, after the White House.

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