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From Wikipedia: Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" or simply "The King", was an American singer, musician and actor. He remains a pop icon and is regarded by some to be the most important, original entertainer of the last fifty years. Presley is one of the most talked about and written about performers of the 20th Century. (Presley's birth certificate uses the spelling "Aaron", and his estate has designated this as the official spelling of his middle name. He used the name because of his twin brother, Garon, who died at birth, so Elvis would always have a part of his brother with him.)

Presley started as a singer of rockabilly, singing many songs from rhythm and blues, gospel and country. He was first billed as "The Hilbilly Cat". His combination of country music with bluesy vocals and a strong back beat marked a clear path toward rock & roll. He was the most commercially successful singer of rock and roll, but he also had success with ballads, country, gospel, blues, pop, folk and even semi-operatic and jazz standards. His voice, which developed into many voices as his career progressed, had always a unique tonality and an extraordinarily unusual center of gravity, leading to his ability to tackle a range of songs and melodies which would be nearly impossible for most other popular singers to achieve. In a musical career of over two decades, Presley set many records, such as concert attendance, television ratings, and records sales, and became one of the best-selling artists in music history.Elvis in the 50s, at the beginning of his fame

He is an icon of modern American pop culture. In the late 1960s, Presley re-emerged as a live performer of old and new hit songs, both on tour and in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was known for his on-stage highly energetic performances both vocally and physically, his sartorial jump-suits and capes adding to the drama. He attracted massive attendance figures. His concert performances were staggering in quantity, considering they numbered 1,145 in 8 years, 1969-1977. He continued to perform before sell-out audiences around the U.S. until his death in 1977.[1][2][3] His death from a drug overdose at 42 followed alarming concerns about his health. His death on August 16, 1977 proved a huge shock to his fans; however, it soon became clear that a combination of over-work, obesity, depression, bad diet and severe abuse of prescription drugs, accelerated his premature departure. Nevertheless, much confusion, conflict, contradictions and general controversy still surrounds his death. Regardless, his popularity as a singer has survived his death.

From the Official Site: Elvis Aaron Presley, in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.

 

 

 

Elvis in the armyBeginning of the Article that will appear on this page: Elvis Presley doesn't need a surname anymore. Mention "Elvis" to anyone and they'll know exactly about whom you are speaking. Beginning as an early rock and roll pioneer in 1956, and making records for a small independent record company called Sun Records, Elvis became more than the sum of his parts when he was still living, and has become far more famous in death than he probably even imagined. Elvis is the premier pop culture diety. Good looking, gracious, tenderhearted, talented, and charismatic, he, and his ever present huckster manager Col. Tom Parker, has given the pop culture landscape it's closest companion to Jesus Christ, the original cultural avatar. I'm sure this would surprise both Elvis and the Colonel.

 

 

 

 

WHY ELVIS? Because he's the King.

 

 

 

Photos obtained from various websites using a Yahoo image search. The movie footage has been embedded from a user at the YouTube site.

An early 50s photo of Elvis, supposedly in bed, but still with perfectly coiffed hair.

A 60s publicity photo. Before going into the army, Elvis was portrayed as a rock and roll idol, but afterwards, his image was deliberately crafted to gain a much wider appeal.

A black and white shot of Elvis in the service, from 1960.

The cover art for Elvis Presley's first RCA Victor album, a collector's treasure today.

Sitting against a particularly fake backdrop of Hawaii, where quite a few "Elvis Movies" were set, Elvis strums a ukelele.

Elvis didn't adopt the Muslim religion. He is pictured here in a publicity photo for the film "Harum Scarum"

There aren't too many unflattering Elvis photos from the latter part of his life, when he became overweight and drug dependent. This is a photo of his karate costume, which morphed into some of the most ridiculous stage getups during his final tours.

 

A MikeVideo "internet movie" titled "Elvis Movies 2" features selected musical numbers from Elvis' films.

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