Among those paying their respects was Bill Murray, then an up and coming comedian on Saturday Night Live. During an appearance on Today Wednesday morning, Priscilla Presley reflected on the day of Elvis‘ funeral — an event that sent Memphis into mourning. Memories, sweetened thru the ages just like wine,
“His body was just worn out. Memphis ran out of flowers; reinforcements were sent in from California and Colorado. “As I ran across the cemetery, all of a sudden the motorcycles came in the motorcycles cops looked at me like, ‘If you move we will kill ya,'” he recounted. Need help getting started? Dozens swooned, cried, keened and passed out from the heat outside the mansion gates. Over 30,000 fans were let in. The Getty Images design is a trademark of Getty Images. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? Other Elvis tour vets — J.D. Your team's Premium Access agreement is expiring soon. And now, the end is here And so I face the final curtain My friend, I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain I’ve lived a life that’s full I traveled each and ev’ry highway And more, much more than this, I did it my way . Rock had its origins deep in rhythm and blues, which, in a time of strict musical segregation, was black music all the way. Just after 2pm Tuesday, August 16, 1977 Ginger Alden found Elvis, face down, unconscious, on the floor in the bathroom at Graceland. “The next day I ended up in the bus in front of to the cortège,” Murray, 67, continued, “It was an extraordinary thing to see—hundreds of thousands of people standing in a really hot day waiting.”. Aug 16, 2014 - Explore Bigjim's board "ELVIS PRESLEY FUNERAL", followed by 128 people on Pinterest. A motorcade of 14 white Cadillacs with Elvis hearse  lined the streets from Graceland to Forrest Hill Cemetery. Elvis’ body was removed by hearse from Baptist Memorial at 8:10 p.m. and taken up Union to the Memphis Funeral Home for embalming. Hulton Archive/Getty. I thought, ‘Oh god, I’m busted.’ And I realized they were pointing at Elvis’ mother’s grave, I was standing right at her gravesite. Boards are the best place to save images and video clips. The burial ground had initially been chosen as Elvis’ final resting place (He was ultimately moved to the Graceland grounds several months later following a plot to steal his body), and Murray positioned himself to take in the proceedings. LiveAbout uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. Elvis was crouched over.His face dark and bloated. © 2020 Getty Images. “I was still shocked. Clad only in blue top and yellow pyjama bottom. The Soviet PRAVDA ran a full-page; ELVIS IS DEAD. He had been thirsty for glory. President Jimmy Carter, upon learning of The King of Rock and Roll's untimely demise, issued a statement praising Elvis in that he had "permanently changed the face of American popular culture.". It was just too hard to believe,” she said of that difficult moment in 1977 when the procession left Graceland, the rambling estate they had called home prior to their divorce several years earlier. THE USA HAS GIVEN US THREE CULTURAL  PHENOMENON: MICKEY MOUSE, COKE A COLA  & ELVIS PRESLEY  – The Australian Herald: ONE HOUR BATTLE FAILS. | Richard Nixon asked Americans fly their flags at half-mast. The IBM strategic repository for digital assets such as images and videos is located at dam.ibm.com. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty. I thought it was neat to have a copy of. There is no doubt that with Elvis’ death rock n roll music died and the world would never be the same again. Find the perfect Elvis Presley Funeral stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. And quiet nights and gentle days with you, Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind Priscilla Presley Recalls the Day of Elvis' Funeral—and Bill Murray Reveals He Crashed It this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Introducing ... PEOPLE's Products Worth the Hype. “Something made me want to go,” he revealed. With thousands of fans arriving in Memphis to pay their respects to the King at Elvis’ Graceland. Jul 17, 2014 - This is the actual funeral program for Elvis's funeral. The next morning he … Presley burnt himself out, as if on schedule. The official verdict was death by heart failure. Jake Hess and the Statesmen sang “Known Only to Him” James Blackwood and the Stamps sang, “How Great Thou Art” and gave a melodious rendition of “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” an “His Hand in Mine” Bill Baise of the Stamps sang “When It’s My Turn” and Kathy Westmoreland sang a tearful  “Heavenly Father”. President Jimmy Carter’s message to the nation was; “With Elvis Presley a part of our country died as well.” Others said that the American Dream died with Elvis. Download our book Planning a Celebration of Life for ideas, examples, and a handy checklist. Too many images selected. Since 2002, Mary Hickey, owner of Next Gen Memorials, has been helping people create unique and memorable Life Celebrations. Click here to request Getty Images Premium Access through IBM Creative Design Services. People come around the same time and they’re all there.”. All city buildings in Memphis immediately lowered their flags to half-staff. I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories, An estimated 80,000 people came to watch the funeral procession, lining the street and bearing handmade signs expressing their sorrow for the loss of The King. Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind Humbard, at Vernon Presley’s request, officiated the funeral service for Elvis. He also happened to be on Today Wednesday morning and shared his memories of the day the music died.