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Elvis Presley

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Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammy Awards, he won three. He also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36 and has been inducted into four music halls of fame.

Fact file

  • Born: Elvis Aron Presley January 8, 1935 Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
  • Died: August 16, 1977 (aged 42) Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Resting place: Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee 35°2′46″N 90°1′23″W / 35.04611°N 90.02306°W / 35.04611; -90.02306
  • Alma mater: Humes High School
  • Occupation: Singer, musician, actor
  • Home town: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Religion: Pentecostal
  • Spouse(s): Priscilla Presley (m. 1967; div. 1973)
  • Children: Lisa Marie Presley
  • Relatives: Danielle Riley Keough (granddaughter)
  • Website: elvis.com
  • Allegiance: United States of America
  • Service/branch: United States Army
  • Years of service: 1958–1960
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Unit: Company A, 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Division
  • Genres: Rock and roll pop rockabilly country blues gospel soul rhythm and blues
  • Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano
  • Years active: 1953–1977
  • Labels: Sun, RCA (Victor), HMV
  • Associated acts: The Blue Moon Boys, The Jordanaires, The Imperials, Million Dollar Quartet

Read more about Elvis Presley at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Elvis on the Opry: 'Country Music' looks back on his rough gig
USA Today TV, 2019-09-20 02:54:06
He's probably the most famous person to ever perform on Grand Ole Opry — but Elvis Presley was not a big hit with the audience that night.        

Ken Burns' 'Country Music': The rise of Cash and Elvis, and Patsy Cline's tragic death
USA Today TV, 2019-09-19 03:46:52
Episode 4 of Ken Burns' "Country Music," is fueled by the origin stories of giants, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.        

Cybill Shepherd Says Austin Butler Has Work Cut Out For Him as Elvis
TMZ, 2019-09-08 01:00:42
Cybill Shepherd -- one of Elvis Presley's famous exes -- says Austin Butler will probably kill as the King, but it won't be a walk through Graceland based on what she remembers. The famous actress, singer and model -- who was an "It" girl in the…

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