The King of Rock n’ Roll is coming back with a fresh new song and stamp. Thanks to the U.S. Postal Service, Elvis Presley will once again grace mailrooms with his presence. Fans looking for a new reason to break out the blue suede shoes will be delighted to learn about a track dropping at post offices next month.
An announcement from the U.S. Postal Service previewed the stamp featuring a fresh-faced Elvis Presley in black and white. William Speer snapped the photo of the young King in 1955, but loyal fans and classic rock buffs can buy the sheet of 16 stamps beginning in August. Fans can preorder the CD featuring a new rendition of “If I Can Dream” at the U.S. Postal Service’s website with an expected delivery date after Aug. 12. The last time the U.S. Postal Service released stamps featuring Elvis Presley was in 1993.
Elvis, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday last January, will be remembered at his historic Graceland Mansion with a commemorative week in August. Fans in Memphis can enjoy movies, tours, trivia contests and tribute artists in honor of the King Aug. 8-16. One of the highlights will include a visit from Elvis’ wife, Priscilla Presley, to unveil the stamp and track Aug. 12. The festivities mark Elvis Presley’s untimely death on Aug. 16, 1977.
This isn’t the only bit of big news for the King these days. A movie about his infamous White House visit with President Nixon made news at the Berlin Film Festival in February. “Elvis & Nixon” stars Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey as the two prominent public figures. No formal release date has been set, but there’s certainly time for news to coincide with Graceland’s Elvis Week.
Both the Elvis stamp and track will be available for purchase Aug. 12.