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Paul McCartney holds one of Elvis guitars at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee on May 26, 2013. / Paul McCartney holds a guitar pick over the grave of Elvis Presley. /  Elvis Presley appears with his Gibson J-200 guitar in 1957. - Provided courtesy of twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/338788693458440193/photo/1 / America.gov

Paul McCartney visits Elvis' grave, leaves guitar pick (Photos)

05/28/2013 by Corinne Heller

On Memorial Day Weekend, Paul McCartney visited the grave of a very famous U.S. veteran -- fellow rock legend Elvis Presley, and left behind a gift.

The 71-year-old former Beatle dropped a guitar pick over the tombstone, located in the King of Rock N' Roll's Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday, May 26. McCartney posted on Twitter a photo of himself holding the gift over Elvis' final resting place, located in between the graves of his parents, saying he was "paying respects." (see above)

The British rocker said he left behind the pick "so Elvis can play in heaven," according to the Associated Press. He also posted a picture of himself at Graceland holding one of Elvis' Gibson guitars.

McCartney performed a concert in Memphis on Sunday as part of his "Out There" tour. This marked his first visit to the city in 20 years, the Associated Press reported.

"Welcome to #Memphis and have a great show tonight," read a message posted on Presley's official Twitter page, along with a reTweet of McCartney's guitar pick photo.

Elvis, one of the biggest music icons of our time, died on Aug. 16, 1977 at age 42. In 1958, after after releasing No. 1 singles such as "Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up" and Love Me Tender" -- which was also the title of his movie debut -- he was drafted to the U.S. military. He spent part of his service in Germany and returned home in 1960 and continued his music and acting career.

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