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Elvis Presley (8.1.1935) Elvis Presley was a world-renowned American singer and actor. He has become an iconic figure in popular culture and is often referred to as The King of Rock and Roll.

Childhood: Elvis was born to Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Presley and raised in the house that his father built in Tupelo. Elvis was an identical twin, but his brother was stillborn.

When Vernon was jailed for altering a cheque, Gladys and Elvis were forced out of the family home and had to live with relatives.

Elvis Presley made his first public performance in October 1945, when he sang at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. Dressed as a cowboy, Elvis stood on a chair in order to reach the microphone and sang Red Foley's 'Old Shep'. On his 11th birthday, he was given his first guitar.

Elvis was a fan of Mississippi Slim's radio show and was influenced by the likes of Bob Wills, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Roy Acuff.

The Presley family moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948 and Presley would practice guitar along with Johnny Burnette (a rockabilly pioneer), another tenant in his block. When he earned enough money from his job at Loew State Theater, he would dress himself in clothes from Lansky Brothers on Beale Street.

Music Career: In 1953, Elvis Presley went to Sun Records' Memphis Recording Service and cut a recording of 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartache Begins', reportedly as a present for his mother. Eventually, Sam Phillips got Winfield 'Scotty' Moore and Bill Black to record some songs with Presley. They recorded a version of Arthur Crudup's 'That's All Right (Mama)', backed with Bill Monroe's 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'. When DJ Dewey Phillips played 'That's All Right' on his radio show, listeners called in, eager to find out who the singer was. Many assumed Elvis to be black and Presley had to confirm on the radio which school he attended, to confirm his race.

Elvis' first paid performance was in 1954 at the Overton Park Shell, with Slim Whitman. Hank Snow introduced Presley when he debuted at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.

'Colonel' Tom Parker became Elvis' manager in 1955 and he soon signed to RCA Victor Records. Elvis was only 20 years old, so his father had to sign the contract for him. Though Elvis did not write his songs, Mae Boren Axton allowed Presley writing credits for her song 'Heartbreak Hotel' because she liked him and knew that he wanted to buy his parents a Cadillac.

Elvis Presley's debut album was self-titled and was released in 1956. It became RCA's first million dollar-seller. His performance on The Milton Berle Show earned him the title 'Elvis the Pelvis' due to his gyrating movements. As a result, when Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, he was only filmed from the waist up.

In December of that year, Sun Records recorded a session at their studios of Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley performing together in their studio. The tracks were released as a bootleg entitled The Million Dollar Quartet.

In 1957, Elvis Presley was drafted into the army. He was granted leave to finish filming King Creole. Following his time in the army, his success continued to grow, as did his appetite for alcohol and amphetamines. Among the first tracks launched after his release were 'It's Now Or Never' and 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' In March 1960, Frank Sinatra - who had previously criticised Elvis' style - invited him to perform on The Frank Sinatra-Timex Special.

Despite losing out to Burt Lancaster for a role in The Rainmaker, Elvis' movie career eventually flourished. He made his debut in Love Me Tender, a musical western, followed by Jailhouse Rock. Throughout his career, he worked alongside renowned actors, such as Walter Matthau, Angela Lansbury, Charles Bronson and Mary Tyler Moore, though his credibility as an actor was far from concrete; he was often cast in light-weight, pithy films that did little for his reputation. However, there was still money to be made from an Elvis flick, as people outside of the US had no chance to see Elvis live. In fact, the Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole movie Becket was only made possible by the money generated by a series of Elvis movies.

In the late 1960s, artists such as Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors and Janis Joplin were dominating radio play. Tom Parker was considered by many to be ruining Elvis' career by demanding ever-increasing salaries. As a result, he lost a role in A Star Is Born to Kris Kristofferson, despite the fact that Barbra Streisand had personally invited him to take the role.

During the era, The Beatles had knocked Elvis off of his throne, dominating popular culture. 'Suspicious Minds' was his sole number one of this era. In 1965, the Beatles met Elvis Presley, during a well-publicised arrangement made by Tom Parker.

A pivotal moment in Elvis career came in 1968, with his televised NBC show, simply named Elvis, but later dubbed the '68 Comeback Special. Clad in black leather, Elvis performed in front of a small studio audience. The following year, Elvis Presley returned to live performance. His performances in Las Vegas attracted show business luminaries such as Fats Domino, Cary Grant, Pat Boone and Henry Mancini.

Elvis' health began to deteriorate in the 1970s and his addiction to prescription drugs became overwhelming. His reputation was blighted by poor and cancelled performances. His final performance was in Indianapolis, on 26th June, 1977.

He was pronounced dead on 16th August 1977. Elvis' legacy has been widespread and prominent, with artists such as Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger admitting his influence over them as performers. His home, Graceland, in Memphis has become a popular tourist attraction.

Personal Life: Elvis and Priscilla Presley married in May 1967 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. They had a daughter together, Lisa Marie Presley (who was briefly married to Michael Jackson), born in 1968.

Elvis was also linked to a number of other ladies, including the actress Cybill Shepherd, the writer Judy Spreckels, the actress Ann-Margret and beauty pageant entrant Linda Thompson. The singer Cher reportedly regrets having turned down his advances. His last girlfriend, Ginger Alden was with him when he died.



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David Bowie Equals Elvis' Chart Record


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David Bowie has equaled Elvis Presley’s chart record as he continues to dominate the UK album chart, following his passing on January 10th. Bowie is still at the top this week with his final album Blackstar, but he also has a massive 11 more albums in the official top 40.

David BowieDavid Bowie is still dominating the UK album charts, with 12 entries in the top 40.

Blackstar is spending its third week in the top spot and is one of six Bowie releases in the top ten. At number three is Best of Bowie, Nothing Has Changed is at five, at nine is Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is at 10.

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Elvis Presley Is Still Breaking Chart Records Nearly 40 Years After His Death


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Elvis Presley has topped the UK album chart, 38 years after his death with If I Can Dream. The album is a collection of some of The King’s most famous songs given an orchestral reworking by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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It’s the 12th time Elvis has topped the UK album chart, meaning he now has more number one UK albums than any other male solo artist, and is tied with Madonna in second place for the most chart-topping records, behind the Beatles, who have 15.

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Priscilla Presley Reveals Ex Husband Elvis Was A 'Germophobe'


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Priscilla Presley has revealed that her former husband Elvis was a bit of a germophobe, who used to carry his own set of cutlery. Appearing on ITV’s 'Jonathan Ross Show', the 70 year old also said that she believes the King would still be making music, if he was alive today.

Priscilla PresleyPriscilla Presley has been revealing secrets about her former husband Elvis.

Speaking about the King’s fear of germs Priscilla said: “He never liked to go to people’s homes to eat because didn’t like eating with other people’s silverware, so he would take his own silverware. And he didn’t like drinking out of cups that other people had drunk out of, even restaurants or other people’s homes.”

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Elvis Presley's untimely death in 1977 shocked the world despite his years of known drug abuse, and a collective broken heart saw the globe in deep mourning, desperate not to believe the King was really dead. Music fans everywhere were at their most vulnerable, so when a budding young singer named Orion (real name Jimmy Ellis) signed to Sun Records soon after and released recordings that sounded remarkably like the 'Hound Dog' singer, many believed that it was their idol returning after faking his death. Orion hardly needed the mask on his face to keep the myth of Elvis' 'resurrection' alive; everytime he opened his mouth, Orion was no longer Orion but Elvis himself to everybody else's perception. The record company were keen to neither confirm nor deny the rumours, but that only meant that this talented artist never got the chance to be a star in his own right.

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Elvis Presley's famous pink Cadillac - The Elvis at The O2 exhibition chronicles the rise of the rock 'n' roll icon and how Elvis impacted popular culture around the world through his music, movies and personal style. From his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame the exhibition will explore the Elvis-mania that first swept America and then the world, ground-breaking recording sessions, record-breaking concert tours, his military service, Hollywood film career and influence on fashion. Most importantly visitors will get an intimate peek behind the gates of Graceland and come to know the man hailed as the King of Rock 'n' Roll; who strived to be the best possible father, son and friend. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 16th June 2015

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George Harrison's Guitar Plucks $485,000 At Auction


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The Fab Four may have once sung "Can't buy me love", but Friday's auction at the Hard Rock Cafe proved you can buy George Harrison's prized Maton Mastersound guitar - if you have almost half a million dollars handy.

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Rolling Stone reports that the instrument sold for $485,000, the top earner at Julien's Auctions in New York, which specialized in the sale of hundreds of rare items from the world of music.

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Jack White Revealed As Mystery Bidder Who Bought Elvis' First Ever Recording


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Rock hero Jack White has bought the first ever record produced by Elvis Presley, it has been revealed. The former White Stripes frontman was unmasked as the mystery internet bidder who parted with $300,000 for the unique record back in January.

In a bizarre interview with Billboard, which involved the interviewer rendezvousing with “a mysterious man with a black suitcase and instructions to hurry to meet White three hours across the state in Nashville,” the singer opened the case to reveal the valuable disc.

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Jack White was the man behind the $300k auction bid of Elvis' first recording

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Barbra Streisand Makes Chart History With New Album


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It's not easy to be a pioneer in music nowadays, but Barbra Streisand seems to have managed it with the release of her thirty-sixth album 'Partners'. The record has debuted at the top spot on the US Billboard Chart, making Streisand the first singer to have a number one album in six consecutive decades. 

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Streisand (72) is continuing to break records in the music world

Her first album to reach the top spot was 'People' back in 1964, and she has gone on to have a further nine reach number one in the US, including her latest one. With her ten number one albums, she is now tied for fourth place with the most number one albums alongside Elvis Presley. Ahead of her are The Beatles (19), Michael Jackson (13) and Bruce Springsteen (11), but Streisand is still the most successful female artist. She has also scored six number ones in the UK album chart and thirteen in other countries. She has also achieved five number one singles, her last being 'Woman in Love' which was released in 1980.

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Walking In Memphis! Check Out The History Of This Tennessee City From Budweiser Made In America


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Budweiser Made in America is getting closer all the time as we explore the nation's most musically cultured cities. Now we hit Memphis, whose famous faces include everyone from Elvis Presley to Justin Timberlake.

Memphis, Tennessee has been a massive influence on musical culture since music charts began, with a range of artists frequently mentioning the great city within their own song lyrics; think Marc Cohn's 'Walking In Memphis', Chuck Berry's 'Memphis', Paul Simon's 'Graceland' and of course Alannah Myles' 'Black Velvet'. Thus, it's only right that Budweiser Made In America bring their documentary series to the great city to explore what Memphis is all about nowadays.

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Elvis Presley - Accomplishing this feat requires many photos of the famous person/character, plenty of time, and a great deal of skill... something that Cruz quite clearly has! - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th July 2014

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Katy Perry Isn't The Only Celebrity Who Believes In Aliens: 5 More UFO-Obsessed Celebs


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Katy Perry appeared as the cover girl for the February issue of GQ magazine, where amongst other things, she revealed that she genuinely believes in extraterrestrial beings and that we are not alone. She also spoke about praying for large breasts, regretting that prayer in later life, her dislike of cannabis, losing her virginity, the beginnings of her career and much more, but it was her other worldly beliefs that has caught on.

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Katy believes that we are not alone

"I believe in a lot of astrology. I believe in aliens. I look up into the stars and I imagine: How self-important are we to think that we are the only life-form?" she questioned. "I mean, if my relationship with Obama gets any better, I'm going to ask him that question. It just hasn't been appropriate yet."

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New Elvis Presley Exhibit Put On Display At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame


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Elvis Presley continues to be remembered and celebrated long after his death, and on Friday, 29 November, the King of Rock & Roll was honoured yet again at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Featuring a number of personal items loaned from Graceland, his Memphis mansion and now a permanent museum dedicated to Elvis, the new exhibit looks to pay tribute to Elvis and show off some of his more extravagant tastes and hopefully some things that will be new to a number of fans.


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Elvis has had a long association with the R&RHoF

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Elvis' posthumous association with the organisation has been a regular occurrence, with the current exhibition the latest in a long succession of exhibits honouring the King. The opening of the exhibit came in tandem with the launch of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the new company set up to manage all of the late icon's business assets, including Graceland, and to conduct business on his behalf. The company was founded by his widow, Priscilla Presley.

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Elvis Presley - Elvis Duran, Tuesday 7th August 2012 at the 2012 GLAAD Manhattan Summer Event.

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Elvis Presley - Elvis Winterbottem Los Angeles, California - 100 Starz Emmy Viewing Party & Gifting Suite at Infusion Lounge in Universal City Sunday 18th September 2011

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Elvis Presley

Date of birth

8th January, 1935

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