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"I've Been A Fan Of Elvis' Since I Was 16..."

Photo credit: Johnny Tyronne YouTube Channel

As the mayor of Memphis ordered the flags in the city to be flown at half staff, more fans gathered outside of Graceland. But many of the people there to mourn had traveled to the city days before when Elvis was still alive in hopes of catching a glimpse of him or Graceland. 

It was a hope that some of Elvis' fans had for decades. After his breakout moment in the 1950s, he became known as a global phenomenon and a sex symbol. Teenage girls around the world swooned over his good looks and dance moves, which were considered risque for the period.

These same fans remained loyal to Elvis for decades, and many of them were there at Graceland on the day he died. One fan had dreamed of coming to Graceland for over two decades, and had arrived only one day before Elvis' death:

"I can't believe it," she told a reporter, choking back sobs. "I just can't. I've been a fan of Elvis' since I was 16 years old. And my dream came true, my husband brought me up here yesterday to see Elvis' home. And I've waited 21 years for this, and I don't believe it, I just don't."

You can see this fan's interview along with rare footage from the day of Elvis' death in the clip below.
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