Elvis Presley’s 80th Birthday Celebrated With Reissues, New Website
January 8th marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, and, to commemorate the King, Legacy Recordings have planned a yearlong celebration of Presley’s music for modern-day Elvis fans. First up, the singer’s The Complete ’60s Albums Collection Vol. 1 has been released onto iTunes. The set highlights all the LPs Presley recorded between 1960 and 1965 with newly mastered sound for the digital medium.
The collection includes Elvis Is Back, G.I. Blues, His Hand In Mine, Something for Everybody, Blue Hawaii, Pot Luck, Girls! Girls! Girls!, It Happened at the World’s Fair, Elvis’ Golden Records Vol. 3, Fun in Acapulco, Kissin’ Cousins, Roustabout, Girl Happy, Elvis for Everyone and Harum Scarum.
On Presley’s birthday, a new website called ElvisTheMusic.com will go live, featuring a comprehensive online database of all things Elvis. Graceland will also livestream an 80th birthday celebration for the singer starting at 10:15 a.m. EST; Priscilla Presley is scheduled to appear at the event.
Legacy Recordings will team with Spotify to reveal its own official music collection, the “#Elvis80: The Fan Favorites Playlist.” The label also promises a new project coming this summer that “features Elvis like he has never been heard before.” More releases will follow throughout 2015.
On top of all that, unconnected to the 80th birthday celebration but still Elvis-related, you can now bid on Presley’s private planes, the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II. Julien’s Auctions will auction off the aircrafts, which have been parked outside Graceland for over 30 years, on February 2nd. While the planes are no longer suitable for flying, they preserve the original interiors from Presley’s time onboard.