Elvis may have left the building, but Bill Pomare has a room dedicated to the memory of the King.

The Whangarei man is a lifelong Elvis fan, and paused yesterday to mark the 40th anniversary of his death.

After working in the morning, he got home in the afternoon and sung a few songs in memory of his idol.

Elvis impersonator Bill Pomare is a big fan and took time out on the late singer's birthday, to remember the King. Photo/John Stone
Elvis impersonator Bill Pomare is a big fan and took time out on the late singer's birthday, to remember the King. Photo/John Stone

He has been a fan for 63 years. His memorabilia room is full of plates, cups, posters, photos and much more.

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Mr Pomare and his wife Fay also tuned in to the livestream of the Candlelight Vigil from Graceland, Memphis, yesterday.

He said there were thousands of people who took part.

Mr Pomare said yesterday was a special day for him.

"His memory will live on forever, to me, you've got God, you've got Jesus Christ and now you've got Elvis."

He said despite The King being dead for 40 years, Elvis will live on through the younger generations.

"It's like me with my great-grandson."

The six-year-old lives in Australia and has become a big Elvis fan.

Now, his great-grandmother makes Elvis suits for the young fan, just as she has done for Mr Pomare.

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935, and died of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1977, aged 42.

Mr Pomare, 73, remembers where he was on the day Elvis died.

"I was working for the (Northland) harbour board, I was down at the slipway."

He said he shed a few tears in shock at the news.

"I just couldn't believe it."

Mr Pomare was a 10-year-old boy in Dargaville in 1954 when he first heard Elvis' voice.

"I just head the voice and it got to me, just something about that voice. I just stuck with him, and I've been with Elvis ever since."

It was just a few years later, at age 14, when he first started singing Elvis songs.

Mr Pomare thought the King was a handsome and talented man.

"God put certain people on this earth and he gave Elvis the gift to sing."

If Elvis were alive today he would be 82, but Mr Pomare doesn't think he would still be performing.

Mr Pomare made the trip to Tupelo in 2004, and did a tour of the Elvis Presley birthplace.

He has two Elvis performances lined up in the next few weeks, one at Potter Home at the end of the month and one at Cairnfield House in early September.

Elvis is estimated to have sold over a billions records and CD's worldwide.