All Hail the King! Elvis Presley Passed 37 Years Ago Today

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.

On August 16, 1977, an unconscious Elvis Presley was rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital at around 3 pm, and ultimately died. At a press conference, medical examiner Dr. Jerry Francisco indicated that the cause of death appeared to be "cardiac arrhythmia," and noted that, "There was severe cardiovascular disease present."

After myriad health problems, massive weight gain, and abuse of various pills, it was a sad end to a rock legend.

But, today, let's celebrate the King of Rock in his wild, energetic, and beautiful prime...

For the guitar story behind the legend, here's Deke Dickerson's interview with original guitarist Scotty Moore.