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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Singer Joe Dowell Dies


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The star's publicist, Johnny Vallis, reveals to The Associated Press Dowell suffered a heart attack last weekend (30-31Jan16) and passed away at a hospital in Bloomington, Illinois on Thursday (04Feb16).

The singer enjoyed a brief stint in the limelight in the early 1960s after covering Elvis Presley's Wooden Heart, which was only released in Europe. The ballad scored Dowell his first and only U.S. Billboard number one single, while his other songs included The Bridge of Love and Little Red Rented Rowboat.

He went on to switch from pop to folk, and then gospel, and later recorded a bicentennial celebration EP for the Boy Scouts of America. He also worked as a voiceover artist and performed a number of radio jingles later in his career.

David Bowie Ties Elvis Presley Album Chart Record In The U.k.


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Elvis fans dashed out to buy The King's records following his death in 1977 and Bowie's devotees have done the same to honour the passing of the rocker earlier this month (Jan16).

Three weeks after his death, Bowie's final album Blackstar has scored a third week at the top of the charts, while Best of Bowie and Nothing Has Changed feature in the new top five, at three and five, respectively.

Adele remains at two in the countdown with her own record-breaking release, 25, and Justin Bieber's Purpose is at four.

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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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Gospel Veteran Joe Moscheo Dies


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The musician, who suffered from a degenerative neurological disease, passed away on Monday night (11Jan16), weeks after he was hospitalised for emergency surgery in late December (15).

Moscheo began his singing career as a member of gospel group The Harmoneers in 1960, and went on to perform with The Prophets, before settling with The Imperials in 1964.

The Imperials found success performing with Elvis Presley in Las Vegas in the late 1960s and early 1970s, recording vocals for a number of his projects while also serving as backing singers for the likes of Pat Boone, Jimmy Dean, Roy Clark, and Carol Channing.

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Wagner Moura's 'Wife' Rejected Las Vegas Wedding Proposal


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The actor has been with journalist and photographer Sandra Delgado since 2001, and even though he wears a ring on his wedding finger, he reveals they are not technically married.

The 39-year-old, who shares three sons with Sandra, decided to try and rectify the issue while on vacation in Sin City, because he thought it would be fun to exchange vows at one of the many chapels with an Elvis Presley impersonator conducting the ceremony.

However, his big romantic gesture backfired when Sandra laughed off his suggestion.

Continue reading: Wagner Moura's 'Wife' Rejected Las Vegas Wedding Proposal

Kurt Russell Stumbled Upon The Beach Boys Recording Iconic Song As A Child


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The Furious 7 star stumbled upon the studio session as a child after he was dropped off to perform some acting work.

"I was about 12 years old and I had... to do a voiceover or a commercial," he tells U.S. late night host James Corden. "So I was walking down hallways, knocking on doors and I could here this music coming from one room and I found the place where I was supposed to go, but I was a little bit early and they were a little bit late, so there was nobody there.

"I just started wandering around and I walked in the door of this place and I watched them (Beach Boys) do this song and I started to leave and one of them said, 'No, it's OK, come in and listen to this. What do you think of this?' and I thought I recognised the sound, and it was The Beach Boys.

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Tv Producer Recalls Thrill Of Elvis Presley '68 Special


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Steve Binder was in charge of the legendary '68 Comeback Special, which rejuvenated Elvis' career after a slump in popularity in the mid-1960s as The Beatles and other hit British groups became huge stars in the U.S.

The show subsequently re-established Elvis as a credible rock 'n' roll star, and Steve has spoken out to recall how he was delighted to give one of his heroes the chance to shine once more.

Steve, who is in Australia to address guests at the Parkes Elvis Festival, tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "For me the real excitement of doing the special was watching a man who had literally lost confidence in himself and seeing him rediscover himself."

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Tom Jones: 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Snub Puzzles Me'


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The Welshman's first big hit was 1964's It's Not Unusual, and over the following decades he has topped the charts with songs like What's New Pussycat?, Green, Green Grass of Home and Delilah.

The 75-year-old also recorded the theme for James Bond film Thunderball, and befriended some of the biggest names in the industry, including the late Elvis Presley, but despite all of his fame and success, an induction into the Hall of Fame still alludes him.

"(Rolling Stone magazine publisher and Hall of Fame member) Jann Wenner said, ‘Your name comes up every year, but we can’t get enough people to vote for you,’” Tom revealed to New York Magazine. “I wonder why, especially since there are some people in there nowadays that wouldn’t know rock and roll if they fell over it.”

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Denmark's Graceland Museum Boss Forced To Change Venue Name


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Superfan Henrik Knudsen opened Graceland Randers in 2011 after having the venue built as a larger replica of the late legend's famous Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, but estate executors for the rock and roll icon took issue with its name and successfully sued.

As a result, Knudsen must hand over $220,000 (£146,670) in compensation for violating the trademark, and rename the museum, which is located in Randers, near Copenhagen. He will call the venue Memphis Mansion from 1 January (16), reports The Associated Press.

More than 130,000 people visited the attraction in 2015 to view the estate, which is twice the size of the original Graceland, and peruse Knudsen's private collection of Elvis memorabilia.

Elvis Presley Crooned Song To Tom Jones During Awkward Shower Meeting


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The two rockers became friends in the mid-1960s after a meeting in Los Angeles, and when Presley heard a song he thought was perfect for the Welshman, he insisted on visiting him in his hotel suite, while Jones was taking a shower.

The It's Not Unusual singer could hear Elvis singing in the bathroom as he cleaned up and it was only when he stepped out did he realise The King had been crooning on the toilet.

"He was standing there cleaning up, looking in the mirror and so I'm naked and he's half-naked; his pants are down by his ankles," Jones tells U.S. chat show host Conan O'Brien. "He's singing this song to me.

Continue reading: Elvis Presley Crooned Song To Tom Jones During Awkward Shower Meeting

Elvis Presley's Famous Pink Cadillac Today Went On Show At The Elvis At The O2 Exhibition In London

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 - Wednesday 17th June 2015

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Elvis Presley's Famous Pink Cadillac Today Went On Show At The Elvis At The O2 Exhibition In London

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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Preview Of Elvis At The 02: The Exhibition Of His Life

Elvis Presley Exhibition - Preview of Elvis at the 02: The Exhibition of his life--Direct from Graceland - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th December 2014

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Celebrity Dolls Brought To Life

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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Celebrity Spectacles Quiz!

Elvis Presley - Can you guess which celebrity made each particular eyepiece famous? - Wednesday 19th June 2013

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Elvis Presley

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8th January, 1935

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