Music: So Long on Lonely Street

New records and hype commemorate a decade without Elvis

This is a season of anniversaries. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band celebrated its second decade in June, being very proper and punctual about the schedule set down in its own song: "It was twenty years ago today/ that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play." Paul McCartney cut a cake in London and spoke about peace. Two other Beatles failed to show up for the party. One, of course, couldn't.

Next month, on Aug. 16 to be exact, Elvis Presley will have been dead for ten years, an anniversary that will be memorialized on a less moderate scale. This is...