Don’t get all shook up, but Jan. 8, would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday.
If you’re a hard core fan of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll but can’t be in Memphis, Tennessee, for the official Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Graceland’s North Lawn (see graceland.com), do the next best thing. Proclaim your own Elvis Presley Day and have a slice of his favorite dessert, coconut cake, in his honor.
In “Fit for a King: The Elvis Presley Cookbook,” a cookbook from Rutledge Hill Press published 22 years ago, the authors Elizabeth McKeon, Ralph Gevirtz and Julie Bandy, all Elvis fan club members, collected recipes they said were popular during the time Elvis was living at Graceland. Some of the recipes were from Alvena Roy, Presley’s longtime cook, who also provided a list of items that were always kept on hand for him. Among them: at least six cans of biscuits, pickles, cans of sauerkraut, banana pudding which had to be made each night, ingredients for meat loaf and sauce, and cases of regular Pepsi and orange drinks.
If nothing on that list appeals to you, perhaps you’d rather have a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, which as any Elvis fan knows also was a favorite of his.
Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, and died Aug. 16, 1977 in Memphis.