Elvis Presley's 79th Birthday Celebration - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Elvis Presley's 79th Birthday Celebration

Posted: Updated:
  • Elvis Presley's 79th Birthday CelebrationMore>>

  • Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Friday, October 4 2013 3:43 PM EDT2013-10-04 19:43:45 GMT
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Hundreds of fans and friends gathered Wednesday at Graceland to celebrate Elvis Presley's 79th birthday, who was born Jan. 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Miss.

Marian Cocke, Elvis' personal nurse, comes back to Graceland mansion she calls a home away from home several times a year. She remembers a man that so many admired, but a man she called a friend.

MORE: Fans head to Graceland to celebrate Elvis Presley's 79th Birthday
MORE: Canadian teen spot on cover of Elvis' 'Blue Christmas'

"I remember so well one night he said, 'Ms. Cocke, do you think that people will remember me?,'" Cocke said. "I said, 'Oh yeah, honey they're going to remember you.'"

And remember they did, and continue to do.

"I feel special and it's wonderful," said Caroline Pratt, Elvis fan. "It just makes me go crazy."

On this 79th birthday of Elvis hundreds of fans came to Graceland to share their stories and also have a shot at a piece of his birthday cake, made by "Cakes By Mom and Me" in West Memphis, Ark.

For filmmaker William Bryan, he says he's been coming to Graceland for 10 years, and feels a special connection.

"You really do feel this sense of community, like your home away from home," Bryan said.

Meanwhile up on stage was Canadian singer David Thibault, who you might recognize him from his You Tube video that went viral as he sang Elvis. Thibault was standing  to former President George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, and sang happy birthday to The King.

Just as many people will keep this memory of Elvis' 79th birthday in their hearts.

Cocke's memories, while a little more personal, will span the rest of time.

"People always ask me what is the nicest gift Elvis ever gave you," she said. "We were sitting up in the room one night and Elvis reached over and put his hand on my knee, and he said, 'Ms. Cocke you're one of the few people I know who's never asked anything of me but friendship.' That meant more to me than any gift he ever gave me."

Presley recorded his first song, "That's All Right," at Sun Studio in 1954. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the recording and the first radio airplay of the single by disc jockey Dewey Phillips on the "Red, Hot, and Blue" show.

The celebration does not stop here as events are planned for now through Saturday evening.

Click here to leave a comment on our Facebook page
Click here to comment on our Twitter

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices