Fans gather at Graceland to celebrate Elvis’s birthday (photo: Reuters)

Seventy-nine years ago today, in the Mississippi town of Tupelo, the future King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was born. This morning, in celebration of the life of Elvis Aaron Presley — the singer, actor and legend who turned rockabilly into a sound all his own and forever changed how we view slicked-back hair, leather pants and Hawaii’s shores – Graceland kicks off a 3-day Elvis Birthday Celebration.

The 3-day Elvis birthday bash begins this morning with a proclamation ceremony on Graceland’s North Lawn; watch it on the Elvis Presley Graceland Live Stream. Leading the world in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” is David Thibault, a 16-year-old singing sensation from Canada. Meanwhile, Elvis’s hometown of Tupelo is putting on a birthday celebration this afternoon.

If you can’t make it to Elvis’s Memphis over the coming days, come back in July. That’s when Graceland celebrates the 60th anniversary of Elvis’s music break: On July 5, 1954, Elvis walked into Sun Studios in Memphis and recorded “That’s All Right” with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Three days later, DJ Dewey Phillips played the song on WHBQ radio, and American music would never be the same. And in August, return for Elvis Week, the ultimate celebration of its kind, when thousands of fans gather from around the world to celebrate the life and legacy of the King.

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