Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Father’s name: Vernon Elvis Presley
Mother’s name: Gladys Love Smith Presley
Brother: Jesse Garon Presley (Elvis's twin, either stillborn or died shortly after birth)
Spouse: Priscilla Ann Beaulieu Presley (m. 1967, div. 1972)
Children: Lisa Marie Presley
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Height: 6' 0" (1.83 m)
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer, musician and actor. Elvis Presley became one of the most influential cultural icons of a generation. He is commonly referred to as the "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" and epitomizes the post-war pop generation. Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. When he was 13, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. Elvis was relatively shy and as a youngster was not keen on performing in public. However, he received a guitar as a present and learnt to play and sing, not through musical training, but just through hearing and picking up music. As a teenager, he became more interested in music, listening to a huge range of contemporary American music. He also started to sport a distinctive look with sideburns and styled hair. This would later become a real Elvis trademark. In 1953, he went to Sun recording studio - to record a song for his mother, but also perhaps to hope to being noticed. However, it didn't come to anything; he was also turned down for an audition to other groups. In April 1954, he took a job as a truck driver. However, later on in the year, Sun boss, Sam Phillips invited Elvis to come in for a recording studio. Initially the recording session was unpromising, but towards the end as they were getting close to finish, Elvis started up his own number, and Phillips was immediately impressed by the verve, enthusiasm and dynamism of the music. Phillips reckoned he was onto a winner. He felt Elvis had the sound of Negro. Elvis recorded the 1946 blues number, Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right" and it was well received on local radio stations. This lauchned Presley onto a lucrative pop music career. His performances were a fusion of country, gospel, pop and rhythmn and blues - it combined both 'black' and 'white' sounds, with an uninhibited stage routine which often proved controversial. However, if it was controversial, it was also wildly popular with young listeners, and with his unique gravelly voice, Elvis was on his way to becoming a great star. His catapult to stardom was helped by rivalry between TV presenters, such as Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan. Elvis proved a star attraction and the competition between presenters made Elvis a national celebrity. It also helped bring rock 'n' roll into popular / mainstream culture. After a stint in the army (1958-60) Presley served as a regular soldier, he began to focus more on movies. In the 1960s, Presley made several movies. These were generally received with low critical acclaim, though they were quite popular. The huge fame which surrounded his career perhaps contributed to health problems, which would ultimately cause his premature death aged only 42. Towards the end of his life, he was obese and suffered from drug dependency. His early death only cemented his legendary status, and he has become deeply engrained in popular culture. Presley's home Graceland was opened to the public in the 1980s and attracts over half a million visitors annually. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
High School: L.C. Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee (1953)
Elvis Aaron Presleya was an American singer and actor.
Elvis Presley was a singer, guitarist, and actor. As a rock and roll idol from the '50s through the '70s, he influenced music for an entire generation. When Elvis was 13, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he was exposed to a variety of musical styles, including rhythm and blues and jazz. He worked as an usher at a movie theater, a truck driver, and a warehouseman before beginning his show-business career, arguably the most remarkable in modern history. Elvis' very first single was in 1954: "That's All Right"/"Blue Moon of Kentucky." Elvis recorded several singles for Sam Phillips, owner of Memphis' Sun Studio, and first toured locally as the "Hillbilly Cat," singing in a style associated with black musicians like B.B. King. Signed by RCA in 1955, he became an overnight sensation on radio and in concert halls, singing both up-tempo rock songs and haunting ballads. His performance style featured a commanding voice and a charismatic stage presence sneers, twitches, pelvic gyrations leading to mass hysteria among teenage audiences and threatening parents and religious leaders. In 1956, Elvis, already a millionaire at 21, began his film career. His 33 movies (the last in 1972), vehicles for his singing and personality, were box-office, if not critical, successes.
Indeed Elvis Presley is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. And he is a phenomenon in the world of popular music and entertainment. Between 1956 and 1977, Elvis received three Grammy Awards, three RIAA Platinum Record Awards, thirty-five RIAA Gold Record Awards, and had a total of one hundred and six Top 40 hits. He also appeared in thirty-three films. In 1986 he was honored with the posthumous Rock N' Roll Hall-of-Fame. On January 16, 1971, The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (the Jaycees) named Elvis, One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970'. In the same year National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) also recognized him with their Bing Crosby Award, now the famous 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. Elvis was 36 years old at the time. Elvis Presley’s trophy room at Graceland is filled with gold and platinum records and awards of all kinds from around the world. Though except for five shows in three Canadian cities in 1957, he did not perform in concert outside the United States. Yet, his recordings and films enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, popularity all over the globe, and he is known throughout the world by his first name.
Music. Religion/Spirituality. Books (he was an avid reader with an extensive collection or unique books). Karate (Elvis started the martial arts around 1960 and eventually earned an 8th degree Black Belt though he studied from six different Masters and various styles from Tae Kwon Do to Kempo to Judo). Riding Horses. Driving his motorcycles/three wheelers. Elvis had a habit, throughout his life, that once he got focused on anything from racing small model cars to riding horses he did it to the "extreme" and got everyone involved in his passions. His greatest interest, starting on February 1, 1968, was to be a good father to his daughter Lisa Marie.
Sometime in the morning of August 16, 1977, Presley died of heart failure on his bathroom, at the age of 42. It was later ruled that his death was related to his prescription drug use. Presley was buried on the Graceland property, near the gravesites of his mother, Gladys, father Vernon and grandmother Minnie Mae Hood Presley.