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Happy Birthday Elvis Presley (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 01/08/12 03:00 PM ET   Updated: 01/08/12 03:29 PM ET

The 'King of Rock & Roll' was born on January 8 in Tupelo, Miss., and would have turned 77 today if he had not died on August 16, 1977 of a heart attack and rumored drug overdose.

Anxious to remember the days of "Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender"? Click here to see Marpop's lengthy list of places you can pay tribute to the 'Godfather of Graceland."

This is a big year for Elvis fans, MSNBC reports. Exhibits, tours, concerts, and celebrity cruises are "in the works" in honor of the 35th anniversary of the King's death. Additionally, potentially one of the most extensive Elvis collections opened last month at a museum in Dusseldorf, Germany.

"People love it," Andy Schroeer, one of the founding collectors, told MSNBC. "They all go out with a big smile on their faces."

Tennessee's Graceland can expect a spike in tourism for the landmark anniversary, the Memphis Daily News reports.

"When you get to that milestone date, it becomes bigger," Wayne Tabor, chairman of the Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association, told the paper. Special merchandise commemorating the 35th year anniversary will also be sold around the U.S. and beyond, the paper reports.

Check out Elvis' iconic "Hound Dog" performance:
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Elvis Presley -Hound dog by LostPirate77

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Rock'n roll legend Elvis Presley in file picture dated 26 March 1958 in Fort Chaffee at the beginning of his military service. Elvis spent 17 months in Friedberg, Germany, between October 1958 and March 1960 as a GI. Elvis Aaron Presley was born 08 January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi and was found dead 16 August 1977 from a drug-induced heart attack in his bathroom at Graceland, a colonial estate in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty Images)
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this entry stated that 2012 is the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth. It is the 35th anniversary of his death. The post has been corrected and we sincerely regret the error.

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