During ‘Elvis Week,’ fans remember pivotal year



MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A five-CD box set featuring Elvis Presley’s first two albums will be unveiled this week to mark the King’s breakout year,

Music producer Ernst Jorgensen and his team have assembled a box set called “Young Man with the Big Beat.” Jorgensen will be unveiling the RCA/Legacy box set Monday at Graceland as “Elvis Week” unfolds. The collection goes on sale Sept. 27.

Every year, thousands of Elvis devotees flock to Memphis to remember the singer’s death on Aug. 16, 1977. The main event of “Elvis Week” is the solemn candlelight vigil at Graceland, his longtime home, at midnight Tuesday.

In 1956, the first two Elvis albums were released, launching an international music career that brought Elvis’ mix of country, rhythm and blues, and gospel to millions of fans.