Elvis (no last name necessary) passed away 39 years ago today. This mug made by Dawn with a copyright date of 1977 shows they were pretty quick to jump on capitalizing his death.
The phrase on the mug "Elvis The King Lives On 1935-1977" is somewhat prophetic to the conspiracy theory that quickly developed that he did in fact live on, having faked his death in order to retire peacefully. Indeed, there's even a new made-for-tv movie on AXS TV premiering tonight that follows this premise.
I couldn't find much on the Dawn company other than other mugs they had produced, but they appear to be a Thermo Serv competitor.
I recall the day he died. I was 10 years old and I remember a neighbor boy asking, "How can you die from being too fat." As it turns out, the cause of his death is still in question, although his overuse of prescription drugs can't have been a small contributor.
If Elvis were still alive, he'd be 81. For those of you awaiting a comeback, I don't think it's going to happen. I think it's time to let him finally rest in peace.
Thank you, Elvis. Thank you very much.