01/08/2012 03:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley (PHOTOS)

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:

Elvis Presley -Hound dog by LostPirate77

Remember this famous performance?


Happy Birthday Evlis

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.