Elvis Presley’s birthday was January 8, 1935, and by 1946 he had performed in public for the first time ever, as a 10-year-old. By the age of 18, he was making his first recordings and, though he would not have known it, was about to enter the world’s stage as one of the most influential singers ever. With fans having celebrated his birthday recently, how old would he have been if he was still alive?
How old would Elvis Presley be if he were still alive?
If Elvis Presley were alive, he would have just turned 86 years old.
Elvis’ birthday is January 8, meaning his 86th birthday only just passed, though it is likely a bittersweet time for fans who remember his life and his death.
His former wife, Priscilla, posted to Facebook in tribute to The King on his birthday, revealing her shock at how old he would have been.
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She wrote: “It’s difficult to believe Elvis would be 86 today, January 8th.
“I think back and wonder…if he were here today, how would he celebrate in the year 2021.”
In her post, Priscilla reveals the way in which Elvis celebrated his birthdays, showing how he liked an intimate gathering of friends and family and, of course, music at the centre of his celebrations.
She continued: “It’s not really hard as Elvis was somewhat…a creature of habit. I believe he would be celebrating exactly the same way.
“Having a small amount of his friends, family and his Memphis Mafia all gathered at Graceland.
“I can almost hear his laugh, see him joking around, and know he would be staying up into the early morning hours… ending at the piano singing gospel songs.
“Elvis, lost in the lyrics, as if no one was around.
“Then as the song comes to an end and with a slight smile, turns to his guest and nods with satisfaction as everyone applauds for more.
“Those are cherished moments embedded in my mind.
“Elvis was uncomfortable and a bit shy in receiving presents. Your presence was enough.”
Priscilla’s memory here shows how bittersweet his birthday must be, as it is also a gentle reminder of his no longer being around.
Elvis Presley’s death was shrouded in mystery for a long time, with conspiracy theories abounding about how he died.
Eventually, the coroner released a statement saying Elvis had died of “cardiac arrest”.
It is widely believed Elvis’ drug use and other health conditions contributed to the incident, such as an enlarged heart and lung problems.
His girlfriend at the time, Ginger Alden, spoke in 2014 about her time with Elvis in her
autobiography, and how she found him on the day of his death.
She said: “Elvis looked as if his entire body had completely frozen in a seated position while using the commode and then had fallen forward, in that fixed position, directly in front of it…
“It was clear that, from the time whatever hit him to the moment he had landed on the floor, Elvis hadn’t moved.”