| 13.5°C Dublin

Elvis fans all shook up by photos

Elvis Presley archivists found three rare photos dating back more than 50 years that show the young singer greeting fans at the gates of Graceland.

Negatives of the photos were discovered as archivists pored through a vast collection of documents from the office of Vernon Presley, Elvis' father. The office is a stop on the daily tour of Graceland, Elvis' Memphis estate. Angie Marchese, director of archives at Elvis Presley Enterprises, said the negatives were tucked in a small envelope with no writing on it. Archivists scanned the negatives, and research revealed the photos were taken in 1957.

The three photos of the 22-year-old performer were never published, Ms Marchese said, but a fourth picture from the same series appeared on a limited basis in publications focusing on Elvis. The black-and-white pictures give a glimpse of a young Elvis' connection with his fans, just as his hit All Shook Up was enjoying a run at number one on the charts.