Elvis Presley

King of Rock

Elvis Presley's Life

Elvis Presley was born in January 8,1935 at Tupelo Mississippi. He was supposed to be a twin but his brother Jesse was stillborn. He was raised by loving parents with little money and moved from place to place frequently. He loved his parents, especially his mom who taught him a strong faith in god. This made gospel music a strong influence.

Elvis received his first guitar at age 10 and soon after he won a talent show with it at his high school in Memphis. In 1953 he graduated and went to a number of jobs. Later Elvis started his first single “That’s All Right” in 1954. Soon fan were drawn to his music and devishly good looks. Presley was on a role with his No. 1 single “Heartbreak Hotel” and his No. 1 album Elvis Presley. Soon Elvis was everywhere the radio, television, and live concerts.

In 1957 Elvis received a draft into the military and served in Germany for about a year and a half. Just before he left for Europe again his much loved mother died. He was granted permission to attend his mother’s funeral in Memphis. Later when he returned to Germany he met a teenager named Priscilla Beaulieu.

In 1960 Elvis Presley continued his carrier recording music and movies such as Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls!, and Viva Las Vegas. Most of his films were hit or miss with fans and critics.

Elvis became married in 1967 to Priscilla and had a child named Lisa. By early 1970 Presley’s marriage was falling apart he divorced in 1973 and Priscilla continued to care for Lisa. During this time he also became addicted to prescription drugs and had to go to the hospital for health problems. However he remained a popular artist until 1977 when Elvis preformed his last concert.

Afterwards he returned to his mansion in Memphis. Where he later died of heart failure at the age of 42. It was later discovered his death was related to prescription drug use. Presley was buried on the Graceland Property, near his mother, Gladys, father, Vernon.

Through his career, Elvis helped popularize Rock ‘n’ roll music in America. He won three Grammy Awards for his gospel recordings and had 18 No. 1 singles, including “Don’t Be Cruel," "Good Luck Charm" and "Suspicious Minds," as well as countless gold and platinum albums. Since his death, Presley has remained one of the world's most popular music icons. Over the years, several documentaries and films have explored the enigmatic performer, including a 2005 television miniseries starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Elvis. Presley's Memphis home, Graceland, is open to the public, and numerous fans from around the world visit the legendary residence annually, especially around Presley's birthday and the anniversary of his death.

    Thousands of fans traveled to Graceland on August 16, 2012—the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death—for a special vigil in honor of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. During the gathering, fans held lit candles and stood outside of Presley's home. Though the Presley family holds a tribute event each year to mark the anniversary of Presley's death, the 2012 gathering was unique: Presley's estranged wife, Priscilla, and daughter Lisa Mari Presley appeared together for the first time at the annual event.

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