Elvis Presley was a poor boy from the South who went on to become the king of rock and roll, a Hollywood movie star and a 20th century cultural icon, adored by fans around the world. From its humble beginnings, its story has been the ultimate realization of the American dream, from rags to riches.
There were so many special things about Elvis. He was one of a kind. Her beauty, charisma and irresistible Southern charm have captured the hearts of millions of people around the world, her name, image and versatile voice made her instantly recognizable and, her songs, movies, appearances at television and her record breaking live concerts brought much happiness and love. him to so many people around the world. He was also a great American who served his country in the United States Army and a devout Christian. The legacy he created in the 1950s lives on and will be remembered through the ages, for the magic that was and is Elvis will shine forever.
Known around the world by his first name or simply, the king, he has become a symbol for the younger generation and created a whole new social revolution. It then captured the hearts and minds of young and old alike around the world and had an immeasurable effect on music, language, fashion, and attitudes. From him, a whole generation took his lifestyle. And, under the image of the superstar and worldwide adulation, there was a true human being who was devoted to his mother and who had God in his heart.
Elvis & # 39; s unique sound and style has earned him success in many musical genres such as rock and roll, country, gospel, rhythm and blues, and ballads. He is the best-selling artist in popular music history having sold over 1.3 billion records worldwide, more than any other musical artist or group in the world. And, 1.5 billion people around the world watched her in her Aloha from Hawaii special in 1973. Her home, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee is one of the most visited homes today. , attracting over 600,000 visitors per year and is America & # 39; s most famous home after the White House. In 1991, Graceland was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
No other artist has inspired so much homage and adulation. Why are there so many Elvis impersonators in the world today? (approximately 78,000 worldwide) This is a testament to the immense influence and iconic status of Elvis. Additionally, in 1993, the U.S. Postal Service issued an Elvis Presley commemorative postage stamp. This is the most publicized stamp issue in U.S. Postal Service history and the best-selling commemorative postage stamp of all time. And, he is the only artist to have been inducted into three separate Music Halls of Fame: the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The early years
Elvis was born on January 8, 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression, to a poor but tight-knit working-class family in Tupelo, Mississippi. It was one of the twins. His brother, Jesse Garon Presley was stillborn. For Vernon and Gladys, their only son was at the center of their lives. During his childhood he sang in church with his parents and grew up to have a strong faith in God. The beautiful gospel music of his childhood became a major influence on him, as did the country and the blues of the American deep south in which he grew up. It is the combination of these different styles that was to give its unique musical identity.
On his eleventh birthday, young Elvis received a guitar as a gift from his parents. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in search of a better life, and at sixteen he cultivated a new image by combing his hair back and pushing his sideburns. He graduated from Humes High School in 1953.
His entry into the music business began in 1953 when he paid to record a demo of the song My Happiness, as a gift for his mother. Studio manager Marion Keisker noted Elvis' unusual vocal style and told Sun Record owner Sam Phillips about his potential. Sam reunited Elvis with country guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black and he began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an ultra-tempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues.
In 1954, Elvis recorded his first record "That & # 39; s All Right" on Sun Records which became a local hit and, in 1955, Colonel Tom Parker became his manager. In 1956, Elvis cut his first album, "Elvis Presley" for the new RCA label and it became a number 1 hit as did his first hit record Heartbreak Hotel the same year. Also in 1956, the singer's first film, Love Me Tender, hit theaters across the United States, the rest is history. He became an international sensation and went on to become the world's greatest rock and roll superstar and a legend. Elvis married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967 and their daughter, Lisa Marie, was born in 1968. Elvis is and always will be the king. There has never been anyone like him and he never will be.