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This year, fans have something else to commemorate. It was 55 years ago _ 1956 _ when the first two Elvis albums were released. That year alone, Elvis sold 10 million singles and 800,000 LPs.

Glenys Sites said she still remembers watching Elvis perform “Love Me Tender” for the first time.

“He’s got everything _ stage presence, charisma; he was sexy, great voice,” Sites said. “There’s never been anybody like him. I don’t think he’ll ever die.”

Many still remember where they were when they found out the singer was dead.

Debbie Moller says she was seated on her couch when her sister called that August day in 1977 at the mansion. She didn’t believe her sister at first, so she turned on the radio.

“I was bawling non-stop,” said Moller, who makes Elvis T-shirts and is now attending her 15th vigil.

Like many who make the walk up the hill and see the Elvis gravesite and those of his parents, Moller expected to get emotional.

“I cry,” said Moller, of Colorado Springs, Colo. “The songs they play make you think back to what you were doing they day he died.”