MEMPHIS (press release)—Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the United States Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. The stamp image will be previewed at a later date.
“Elvis is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series,” said Megan Brennan, Postmaster General. “His life and talents are an incredible story. Spanning from his humble beginnings in a Tupelo, Mississippi, two-room house to becoming one of the most legendary performance artists of the 20th Century, Elvis Presley’s works continues to resonate with millions the world over.”
The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony will take place on the morning of Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration. The public is encouraged to tweet about this news using #ElvisForever.
Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. Known worldwide as “The King of Rock ‘n Roll,” his music and provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences, made him enormously popular and controversial. “The King’s” influence continues to inspire today’s artists, musicians, designers and social influencers.
The Postal Service previously honored Presley on a stamp in 1993.
Launched in 2013, the Music Icons series consists of beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries. The first inductees included Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. The 2014 inductees were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
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