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Postal News: USPS to issue Elvis Presley stamp

June 17, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Postmaster General Megan Brennan recently announced that Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the Postal Service's Music Icon Series.

The stamp image will be previewed at a later date.

"Elvis is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series," Brennan said. "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."

The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony will take place on Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year's Elvis Week celebration. The public is encouraged to tweet using #ElvisForever.

Launched in 2013, the Music Icons series consists of beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries.

The first inductees included Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Last year's inductees were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. Known worldwide as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll," his music and provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences that made him enormously popular and controversial.

"The King's" influence continues to inspire today's artists, musicians, designers and social influencers.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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