You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Elvis Presley 40 Years Later: Variety Remembers His Legacy With Family Interviews, Retrospectives, Columns

Elvis Presley died 40 years ago on Wednesday — but he’s been far from forgotten in those four decades.

To commemorate the life of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Variety has looked back at the media reaction to his death, interviewed Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley about their memories of the legend, and found out how his work is still being celebrated all these years later. See all of Variety‘s content on the 40th anniversary below.

Screaming, Fainting, Unplugged Jukeboxes: How Memphis and the Media Reacted to Elvis Presley’s Death
For both the local and national press, Elvis Presley’s was an unexpected and enormous story that required immediate and intense attention. Variety looks back at the unprecedented coverage.

Elvis Presley’s Most-Streamed Songs on YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music
Variety pestered our friends at several major streaming services with requests for reams of data to see how the King has been faring in the cloud in advance of Aug. 16.

Elvis Presley’s 10 Best Movies
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, we are keeping his spirit alive by looking back at the Top 10 movies that are part of his legacy.

My Pilgrimage to Elvis’ Graceland — and Why Every Music Fan Should Go
Elvis Presley’s trophy home Graceland is the epitome of style’n’class for a poor Memphis boy making the American dream his own. Holly Gleason recounts her own experience in visiting the famous landmark.

Priscilla Presley Remembers First Gazing at Elvis: ‘Wow, He’s Really Cute!’
Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ former wife, talks about what the revitalization of Elvis fans’ ground zero means to her, how she thinks the King is actually underrated in some ways, and what she thought when she saw him for the first time.

Lisa Marie Presley on the Business of Elvis, Taking a ‘Breather’ at Graceland: ‘It’s a Special Place’
Variety caught up with Elvis’ daughter on the eve of the 40th anniversary Elvis Week in Memphis, finding out how she maintains her own personal experience of Graceland amid the storm of tourists flooding her childhood home.

Read Variety’s 1977 Coverage of Elvis Presley’s Death
When Elvis Presley died August 16, 1977, at age 42, fans around the world went into a collective state of shock. We look back at how Variety covered the massive news event from the perspective of an entertainment trade.

Elvis Presley Today: Graceland Proprietor on ‘Blade Runner’ Cameo, Hologram Plans, Changing Fanbase
Joel Weinshanker of Graceland Holdings reveals Elvis Presley’s “Blade Runner” cameo, illuminates hologram plans and a changing fanbase.

Elvis Presley’s Archivist on the Heartbreak of Tapes Trashed by RCA, Scouring the South for Lost Recordings
Ernst Jørgensen talked with Variety about the research and restoration that went into the new set — along with why he puts just as much effort into Elvis’ latter-day catalogue.

More Music

  • RENT: Top L-R to Bottom L-R:

    How Fox's Live Version of 'Rent' Honors and 'Enhances' Jonathan Larson's Vision

    In the more than 20 years since Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” first debuted on Broadway, the conversation of adaptation has often come up: Film director Chris Columbus infamously brought the story to the big screen in 2005, Michael John Warren similarly shot one of the final performances of the original theater run in 2008, and talk [...]

  • Foo Fighters Preview Pre-Super Bowl Concert

    Watch Foo Fighters Preview Pre-Super Bowl Concert With Comic Football Video

    Super Bowl week is turning into an extended music festival, with the days before the big game in Atlanta including concerts by Bruno Mars and Cardi B; Migos, Lil Yachty and Ludacris; Future; and the Foo Fighters, whose “DirecTV Super Saturday Night” on Feb. 2 at Atlantic Station with Run The Jewels is sold out [...]

  • Cardi B

    Cardi B’s Anti-Government Shutdown Rant Is Now a Pretty Hot Song …

    Cardi B’s Instagram messages usually have a solid cadence to them, and meme savants the Gregory Brothers have turned their songifying skills to her passionate rant against President Trump and the GOP over the government shutdown. Titled “Yeah B—h / Nah B—h,” the short clips mashes up several of Cardi’s lines with the beat from [...]

  • Album Review: Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Remind

    Album Review: Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’

    As she’s said in recent interviews, many life changes went into veteran indie singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten’s fifth and latest — and dramatically different — album, “Remind Me Tomorrow.” She summarizes it thus in the album’s bio: “I wrote this record while going to school, pregnant, after taking ‘The OA’ audition,” she says, referring to the [...]

  • Soulja Boy Drake Tyga

    Soulja Boy Vs. Drake and Tyga: 'Breakfast Club' Co-Host Breaks Down the Feud (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Tyga…. TYGA? TYGA???” Soulja Boy’s recent interview on New York radio show “The Breakfast Club” included this meme-worthy line. Barely 24 hours after sitting down with Power 105.1 hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, the clip has logged over 4 million views, roughly the same amount of followers Soulja has on Instagram. [...]

  • Mariah Carey All I Want for

    Mariah Carey's Assistant Claims She Was Urinated On and Called a 'Whore'

    Mariah Carey’s former assistant claims in a new lawsuit that she was subjected to physical and sexual abuse, which included being called a “whore” and being urinated on. Lianna Shakhnazaryan filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming she was tormented by Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov. According to the suit, Bulochnikov slapped her buttocks and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content