By Chuck Taylor

Hard to believe it was 40 years ago today (August 18, 1977) that Elvis Presely was laid to rest. 75,000 fans showed up at Graceland, The King’s home, where he had died two days earlier at the age of 42. I remember hearing the news on the radio with my Aunt Irma, Uncle Les, and cousin Dale as we returned from Riverside Park (now Six Flags) in Agawam, MA. Elvis was scheduled to play at the Hartford Civic Center (now XL Center) that September, and my mother and her sister already had their tickets for that show.

Earlier that month, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation establishing the Department of Energy.

Meanwhile, at the movies, Star Wars, which was released in May was continuing its domination at the box office, going on to make over $300,000,000.


These were the top 5 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the week of August 20, 1977:

#5 – The Commodores – Easy

#4 – Peter Frampton – I’m In You

#3 – Rita Coolidge – (You’re Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher

#2 – Andy Gibb – I Just Want To Be Your Everything

#1 – The Emotions – Best Of My Love



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