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King of rock 'n' roll reaches semi-divine status 40 years after his death

Fans erect shrines in their homes, consider visits to Graceland a pilgrimage, call Elvis' studio 'sacred ground'

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Fans at Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley recorded his first song That's All Right in 1954.

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Lisa Bseiso (centre), founder of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Qatar, with her husband Malek Salim and fellow fan Shantay Wood.

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PILGRIMS come all day every day, filing past in silence, fighting back tears as they place mementos at Elvis Presley's gravesite, pausing to reflect, take pictures or say a prayer.

More than 600,000 fans visit each year, paying tribute to the icon of popular culture, the

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