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Elvis Presley

Name:
Elvis Presley

Age:
42

Date of Birth:
Jan 8, 1935

Occupation:
Singer, Actor

Spouse:
Priscilla Presley, (m. 1967; Div. 1973)

Children:
Lisa Marie Presley

Home town:
Memphis, Tennessee

Years active:
1953–1977

Genres:
Rock And Roll, Pop, Rockabilly, Country, Blues, Gospel, Rhythm And Blues

Education:
L.C. Humes High School

Religion:
Pentecostal

Died:
Aug 16, 1977 (Heart Attack)

Resting place:
Graceland,Memphis, Tennessee,35°2′46″N 90°1′23″W / 35.04611°N 90.02306°W / 35.04611; -90.02306

Labels:
Sun, RCA (Victor), HMV

Instruments:
Vocals, Guitar, Piano

Elvis Presley - Summary Details

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a pioneer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. In 1955, drummer D. J. Fontana joined to complete the lineup of Presley's classic quartet and RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage the singer for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number one hit in the United States. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, he became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, made him enormously popular"and controversial.

In November 1956, Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He held few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned...

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