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Step into the world of The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. From his humble beginnings to his rise to fame and cultural impact, his story is one of legend. Get ready to swivel those hips and rock out with the King!

Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935, was a cultural icon and one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century. He grew up in poverty and was influenced by gospel, blues, and country music. As a teenager, he started performing in local venues and in 1953, he recorded a demo at Sun Studios in Memphis. Not long after, he signed with RCA Victor and released his debut single, “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956), which topped the Billboard charts and marked the beginning of his meteoric rise to fame.

Throughout the 1950s, Elvis continued to release hit after hit, including “Hound Dog” (1956), “Jailhouse Rock” (1957), and “All Shook Up” (1957). He also starred in several films, such as “Love Me Tender” (1956), “King Creole” (1958) and “G.I. Blues” (1960). His unique blend of musical genres, combined with his provocative performances, charm and charisma made him a superstar.

Elvis’ personal life was often shrouded in controversy. He was married to Priscilla Presley from 1967 to 1973, and they had one daughter, Lisa Marie. He was also known for his drug addiction and health issues, which ultimately led to his untimely death in 1977 at the age of 42.

Despite his death, Elvis’ legacy lives on. He is remembered as one of the top musicians of all time, and his music continues to be celebrated by fans all over the world. His home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, is now a popular tourist attraction and museum, and many of his films have been re-released on DVD and Blu Ray, and have been digitally remastered.

Elvis Presley Timeline

January 8, 1935

Elvis has entered the building

Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi.[1]

July 18, 1953

Records first demo

At Sun Studios, Elvis records his first demo which helps him to secure a recording contract with record label, RCA Victor.[2]

November 20, 1955

Signs with RCA Victor

Elvis signs a contract with RCA Victor, signalling the start of his ascension to stardom.[3]

January 27, 1956

Releases “Heartbreak Hotel”

Elvis’ first single “Heartbreak Hotel” releases, and tops the Billboard charts.[4]

November 8, 1957

Stars in “Jailhouse Rock”

Elvis stars in “Jailhouse Rock” and solidifies his status as a cultural icon.[5]

Elvis Presley’s enduring popularity can be attributed to a number of factors. His charismatic stage presence and good looks, made him a sensation in the 1950s, as well as being an accomplished actor and starring in several successful films. He was also well known for his ability to connect with his fans, which earned him the nickname “The King of Rock and Roll”. But perhaps most importantly, Elvis’ music continues to resonate with people of all ages, and his influence on popular music can still be felt today. He left behind a catalog of songs that still holds relevance and continues to be loved by the fans.

Elvis Presley FAQs

What was Elvis Presley’s first hit single?

“Heartbreak Hotel” was Elvis’ first hit single, released in 1956.

How many films did Elvis Presley star in? 

Elvis starred in 31 films throughout his career.[1]

What was the name of Elvis Presley’s daughter? 

His daughter’s name was Lisa Marie Presley.

What was the name of Elvis Presley’s home? 

Elvis’ home was called Graceland.[2]

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