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Elvis Presley lives at “my place” according to Trish Arnold, as fellow fans celebrate what would have been the King’s 77th birthday, 35 years after he died.
Elvis Presley lives at “my place” according to Trish Arnold, as fellow fans celebrate what would have been the King’s 77th birthday, 35 years after he died. Max Fleet

TRISH Arnold is probably Bundaberg's biggest Elvis fan, and she knows this year is a big deal for Presleymaniacs.

Elvis fans across the world will be marking this year as the 35th anniversary of the death of the "King of Rock and Roll", and last Sunday would also have been his 77th birthday.

"It's a big deal," Ms Arnold said.

Living in a house packed with Elvis memorabilia, Ms Arnold said as far as she was concerned, Elvis still lived.

"He lives at my place, anyway," she said.

Ms Arnold teaches rock'n'roll dancing, and every year she and other devotees attend the Coolie Rocks On festival at Coolangatta.

"There are always heaps of Elvis lookalikes there," she said.

Ms Arnold said she had most of Elvis's releases, including a large collection of 45rpm records from his early years.

She also has her own jukebox packed with 45rpm records.

The King was born on January 8, and his death on August 16 will be commemorated by fans across the world.

Officials in Memphis, Tennessee, expect huge numbers of visitors to his former home of Graceland, where he is buried.

Forbes magazine estimated Presley's earnings at $US55 million in 2011, exceeding contemporary superstars such as Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

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