In Tribute to the King of Rock’n Roll’s 75th Birthday Anniversary. Elvis Aaron (or Aron) Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) Born in Tupelo, Mississippi. Enjoy …
Elvis Jumpsuits, Planes & Bling; How Rockin’ Royalty Rolls:
Elvis mingles with audience, + backstage aftershow party
Elvis 68 Outtakes Funny:
Elvis ’68 Comeback Special
Elvis Aaron (or Aron) Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American musician and actor. 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”.
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley at the age of thirteen moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee. He began his career there in 1954 as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong backbeat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing “black” and “white” sounds, made him popular—and controversial—as did his uninhibited performances. With his commercial breakthrough in 1956, he was recognized as the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll. Presley had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender.
After two years of military service beginning in 1958, Presley returned to the studio and reinforced his popularity by recording some of his most commercially successful material. He staged few concerts, however, and proceeded to devote most of the 1960s to making unmemorable Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special which led to a string of successful tours and concert residencies, notably in Las Vegas. In 1973, Presley staged the first global live concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, seen by approximately 1.5 billion viewers. It remains the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised the singer’s health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42.
Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth-century popular culture. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music, with sales of approximately 1 billion units worldwide. Among many honors, he was nominated for 14 competitive Grammys (winning 3 times) by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into four music halls of fame.