Elvis Aron Presley died on this day in 1977

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ARON (AIR-uhn)

Elvis Presley’s middle name
Common clues: Elvis follower; Elvis-Presley link; Second name in Memphis;
Elvis's middle name; Memphis middle name; The King's middle name
Crossword puzzle frequency: 5 times a year
Frequency in English language: 72010 / 86800
1972 Elvis Interview

The Lord can give, and the Lord can take away. I might be herding sheep next year ~ Elvis Presley

Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), known simply as Elvis and also called "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" or "The King", was an American singer and actor.

Presley started as a singer of rockabilly, borrowing many songs from rhythm and blues numbers and country standards. He was for some time the most commercially successful singer of rock and roll, but he also sang ballads, and then moved toward country music. Personally, gospel was the music he cherished above all. Throughout his musical career of over two decades, Presley set records for concert attendance, television ratings and record sales. He has become one of the biggest selling artists in music history.

The young Elvis has become an icon of modern American pop culture, sometimes held to represent the American Dream of rising from rags to riches through talent and hard work, more often representing teen sexuality with a hint of delinquency. During the 1970s, Elvis reemerged as a steady performer of old and new hit songs on tour and particularly in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he, as a nightclub performer, became known for wearing his standard jump-suit costumes. Until the last years of his life, he continued to perform before sell-out audiences around the country. He died, presumably from a heart attack combined with abuse of prescription drugs, in Memphis, Tennessee. As a singer, his popularity survived his death at 42.

There is a widespread belief in some quarters that Elvis did not die in 1977. Many fans persist in claiming he is still alive, that he went into hiding for various reasons. This claim is allegedly backed up by thousands of so-called Elvis sightings that have occurred in the years since his death. Critics of the notion state that a number of Elvis impersonators can easily be mistaken for Elvis and that the urban legend is merely the result of fans not wanting to accept his death.

Two main reasons are given in support of the belief that Elvis Presley faked his death:

On his grave, his middle name Aron is misspelled. The double 'A' was removed after his twin brother Jesse Garon was stillborn, Elvis' parents went to great lengths to have it changed on the official birth certificate.[citation needed]

"Hours after Elvis' death was announced, a man by the name of Jon Burrows (Elvis' traveling alias) purchased a one way ticket with cash to Buenos Aires."

Two national "tabloid" newspapers, the Weekly World News and The Sun, ran articles covering the continuing "life" of Elvis Presley after his death, in great detail, including a broken leg from a motorcycle accident, all they way up to his purported "real death" in the mid 1990s.

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