Priscilla Presley opens up about Elvis

Happy Birthday Elvis! Priscilla Presley Opens Up on the King's 80th
Happy Birthday Elvis! Priscilla Presley Opens Up on the King's 80th

January 8th marks what would have been the king of Rock 'n' Roll's 80th birthday. Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8th, 1935. His short but successful career ended when he died in 1977, at the age of 42 from heart complications.

The King's memory is still alive in the hearts of fans worldwide, and thousands gathered outside the gates of Graceland, his Memphis home, to celebrate his birthday.

Presley's former wife Priscilla spoke with the Today Show and said she's shocked at how quickly time has passed.

"It's hard to believe ... 80 years old makes you realize how young he was when he passed ... So that to me is just mind-boggling, the fact that he was so young when he passed. I felt he still had so much he wanted to do."

The three-time Grammy winner performed 1,100 shows, had 18 number one hits and starred in 31 feature films. Priscilla says if he had not died at such a young age, music would have always been part of his life. She told Today, 'He was born to be who he was, truly, and he enjoyed being who he was. I think that to continue his music was something he would do.'

If Sir Swivel Hips was still alive, we're willing to bet there would have been an 80th birthday party full of fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, leisure suits and of course blue suede shoes.

Priscilla says Graceland has some major celebrations planned, all fit for a King. "Four days of events actually, from charity events to music to dancing to movie screenings. Four fun full days."

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