The king of rock 'n' roll Elvis Presley will now be seen on a “Forever Stamp,” becoming the sixth inductee into the U.S. Postal Service’s "Music Icon Series." Music legends who are already part of the elite series include the first inductees Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, and last year's additions Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
The stamp will be released in the First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony on Aug. 12 in Graceland, Memphis, as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration. The stamp image will, however, be available to the customers at a later date, according to a statement from the Postal Service, citing Postmaster General Megan Brennan.
Currently, the Forever Stamps cost 49 cents, USA Today reported.
“Elvis is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series,” Brennan said in the statement, adding: “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.”
This marks the second time the late legendary singer has been honored by the Postal Service. In 1993, he was featured in a stamp in a watercolor painting by Mark Stutzman, the Rolling Stone magazine reported.
Presley was born in 1935 and his music career began in 1954, when he recorded his first single “That’s All Right” with local guitarist Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black for producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. His 1964 film "Viva Las Vegas" with co-star Ann-Margaret became his highest grossing movie with revenues of $5.5 million by 1969, according to his official website.
Presley married Priscilla in 1967 and had a daughter Lisa Marie, Michael Jackson's former wife, in 1968. He received three Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 36. He died at the age of 42 in 1977. In 2011, Forbes magazine named him the second top-earning dead celebrity with $55 million, just behind Jackson.