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Saturday
Jan082011

Elvis Presley's Birthday Celebrated at Graceland

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MEMPHIS) -- Fans are marking what would be the 76th birthday of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley with a celebration at his Graceland estate -- and one of Elvis' biggest fans is taking part.

Rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena is in Memphis for Saturday's celebration and will be taken on a private tour of Presley's birthplace and his boyhood home in east Tupelo, Mississippi.

During the 69 days that he and 31 other miners were trapped underground in Chile, Pena lifted the crew's spirits by belting out Elvis classics. While touring Graceland on Friday, Pena shot video on his cell phone and occasionally broke out into song, singing Elvis favorites like "Hound Dog." Although he knows little English, he treated the press to a rendition of "Blue Suede Shoes."

Pena's five-day visit to Memphis includes stops at a practice session of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and a stay at the Peabody Hotel, which lies in the heart of "blues city."

In addition to leading his fellow trapped miners in sing-alongs to Elvis' hits, Pena kept fit and active by jogging to Presley's music. He made headlines last November when he participated in the New York marathon.

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