The first Elvis song that Chilean miner Edison Peña heard was “Heartbreak Hotel.” Peña was in high school at the time, and it was the start of a lasting devotion to Elvis that will bring him to Graceland next week as part of the late singer’s birthday celebration.
“Muchas gracias,” said Peña, a national hero of Chile who will get a chauffeured ride in a 1956 pink Cadillac to Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Miss., as part of his visit.
Peña was among the miners who survived 69 days this year buried in a caved-in gold and copper mine almost a half-mile below ground. When Graceland learned that he is what he calls an “Elvis fanatic,” it arranged to send an MP3 player filled with Elvis music into the mine shaft for him. READ ENTIRE STORY HERE