Elvis Presley Fan Club Revived in Tupelo
Thursday, September 28, 2006; 6:37 PM
TUPELO, Miss. -- Fifty years after the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" played at a fair in his birthplace, the long-defunct Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club has been revived.
Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, in a small, shotgun-style house in the northeast Mississippi city of Tupelo. He died Aug. 16, 1977, about 100 miles away in Memphis, Tenn.
About 20 people showed up earlier this week at the chapel on the birthplace grounds to get the club going. Jane Riley, who helped organize the Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo in June, said about 400 fans from around the world have signed up as members.
"It's just amazing the common denominator that Elvis Presley and his life and his music provides," Riley said.
Local members, some dressed in Elvis regalia, elected officers and voted on bylaws at their meeting Tuesday.
Barbara Mallory was elected president of the club, reprising her role as leader of the 1956 fan club named the Elvis Presley Sweethearts.
Riley brought an enlarged photo of the original 1956 group.
"We were a bunch of teenage girls who were crazy about Elvis," said Mallory, who formed the club with cousins and friends. Although the group disbanded after its members matured, "all of us still remain Elvis fans."
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