Take one of the great vocalists of the past century, give him classic material to lay into, and youre bound to come out with something not just eminently listenable, but occasionally revelatory.

Thirty-six years ago today, Elvis Presley died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42 years old. In the days that followed, Elvis's final single, "Way Down," topped charts around the world; 80,000 of his fans made the pilgrimage

For that was the day Elvis Presley's version of "Hound Dog" topped the Billboard chart for the very first time. Born in a small two-bedroom house in Tupelo, Miss., Elvis was only 21 years old that summer. He'd created a sensation by performing the song

On August 16, 1977, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, died.

Nicholas Woodlief, 7, left, his sister Annabelle Woodlief, 11, and friend, Eli Crain, 11, right, strike an Elvis Presley pose at Graceland, Presley's home, before the annual candlelight vigil on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. Presley fans

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