- 04 Jul 17
Hot Press has lived through some truly extraordinary moments over the past four decades. Over the course of four parts, Olaf Tyaransen rounds up the 40 most seismic events since Hot Press was born.
THE DEATH OF ELVIS PRESLEY (1977)
Hot Press was still in its infancy when Elvis Aaron Presley collapsed in the bathroom of his opulent Graceland mansion on the afternoon of August 16, 1977. The 42-year-old star – known to fans worldwide as ‘The King’ – was rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was pronounced dead. His grossly overweight body (he was around 350lb) was shipped to the morgue and autopsied the same afternoon. Three days later, the coroner issued his death certificate stating the cause as a heart attack. However, toxicology results soon identified several pharmaceutical drugs in the star’s system, with codeine being ten times the therapeutic level. This started accusations of a cover-up, and the conspiracy theories continue to this day. With the news coming in just after we’d sent the issue to press, his death was quite ill-timed from Hot Press’ perspective. A fortnight later, an image of Elvis featured on the cover alongside live shots from Thin Lizzy’s Dalymount show (the intended cover story).
BIRTH OF 2FM (1979)