Elvis Aaron Presley was one of the most celebrated musicians of 20th century. The King of Rock and Roll had a humble beginning; it is with his outstanding voice and charismatic stage performance he became the first real star of Rock and Roll. As a musician, Presley’s accomplishments are unparalleled. He has sold more than one billion records worldwide, out of which 40 % is outside U.S. His childhood was difficult as he had to work and support his family financially. He picked up music from local gospel groups and learnt to play guitar by the age of 11. Later, the child grew up to be America’s most popular iconic singer. After a achieving a huge success as a singer, he also started acting in movies. His first feature debut was, Love Me Tender.
Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was the only son of Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley. Though, he had a twin brother who was stillborn, so, he grew up as their only son. His family attended the Assembly of God Church where he got his first musical inspiration. In 1948, his family moved to Memphis. It was in Memphis where he first got the exposition to Blues and Jazz on Beale Street. In 1953, after his graduation, he went to the Memphis Recording Service which also known as home of Sun Records to record his voice. Sam Phillips, the owner or producer of the Memphis Recording Service was awestruck by his plaintive voice. Subsequently, he teamed Parsley with Scotty Moore, the guitarist and Bill Black, the bassist. In 1954, That’s All Right and Blue Moon of Kentucky was made by the trio.
By 1955, Presley was famous with huge fan followers of his unusual style, hip-shaking, good looks and of course, his music. Presley’s first across-the-border hit, Heartbreak Hotel was a haunting ballad and it maintained the top spot for eight weeks. In 1956, he signed a movie contract with Paramount Pictures. His dance moves was considered vulgar and it resulted in a lot of controversy but he it also made him popular. His influence did not diminish, in fact, on variety of TV shows he became a popular guest.
Between 1958 and 1960, Presley served the United States army. Though, by that time he was one of the most well-known faces in the field of entertainment. His mother was known to be suffering from Hepatitis who died due to heart failure at the age of 46, during this period. Later in 1960, he was back to his music career with a new album, Stuck on you and many more along with Elvis is back!
In 1967, he married Priscilla Presley and their only child Lisa Marie was born in 1968. During this period, he was simply unhappy as far as his career is concerned. Out of eight singles that were released only two of them hit the top 40. By early 1970s, Presley's marriage was falling apart. They got divorced by 1973. He was battling with all kind of problems together which resulted in growing addiction of drugs, weight problem, and lifestyle which devastated him completely.
On August 16, 1977, Presley lost the battle. He had a heart failure. Though, later it was ruled that his death was due to drug use. Even today, he is remembered as one of the world's best musician. Presley was the one who popularized rock and roll music, in America. He has won three Grammy Awards. He has countless gold and platinum albums. Till date, numerous fans from all around the world come to visit the home place of the legend annually, especially during his birthday and death anniversary.
Ex-Spouse: Priscilla Presley Children: Lisa Marie Presley Relatives: Danielle Riley Keough (Grand daughter)
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