Today is the 82nd birthday of Elvis Presley. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.
NAME: Elvis Presley
OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Singer
BIRTH DATE: January 08, 1935
DEATH DATE: August 16, 1977
EDUCATION: Humes High School
PLACE OF BIRTH: Tupelo, Mississippi
PLACE OF DEATH: Memphis, Tennessee
AKA: Elvis Presley
FULL NAME: Elvis Aaron Presley
NICKNAME: King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
GRAMMY Best Sacred Performance (for How Great Thou Art) (1967)
GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award (1971)
GRAMMY Best Inspirational Performance (for He Touched Me) (1972)
GRAMMY For How Great Thou Art (1974)
GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award (for Hound Dog) (1988)
GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award (for Heartbreak Hotel) (1995)
GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award (for That’s All Right) (1998)
GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award (for Suspicious Minds) (1999)
GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award (for Don’t Be Cruel) (2002)
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 1986
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME 1998
GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME 2001
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 6777 Hollywood Blvd.
BEST KNOWN FOR: Musician and actor Elvis Presley endured rapid fame in the mid-1950s—on the radio, TV and the silver screen—and continues to be one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll.
Musician and actor Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. (He later changed the spelling of his middle name to the biblical form of Aaron.) Presley was supposed to be a twin, but his brother, Jesse Garon (sometimes spelled Jessie) was stillborn. From very humble beginnings, Elvis Presley grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll.
Raised by loving, working-class parents, Presley’s family had little money, and they moved from place to place frequently. He was deeply devoted to his parents, especially his mother, Gladys, and was raised to have a strong faith in God. Presley attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents, where gospel music became an important influence for him.
Presley received his first guitar as a gift from his mother on his 11th birthday in 1946 and had his first taste of musical success a few years later when he won a talent show at Humes High School in Memphis. After graduating in 1953, he worked a number of jobs while pursuing his musical dream. He cut his first demo record at what later became known as Sun Studio that year, and before long, Sam Phillips, the record label owner, decided to take the young performer under his wing. Presley soon began touring and recording, trying to catch his first big break. “That’s All Right” was Presley’s first single in 1954.
In 1955, Presley began to develop a following with fans being drawn to his unusual musical style, provocative gyrating hips and good looks. That same year, he signed with RCA Records, a deal worked out by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Presley was on a roll, scoring his first No. 1 single with “Heartbreak Hotel,” as well as his first No. 1 album, Elvis Presley, and signing a movie contract with Paramount Pictures—all in 1956. Despite the uproar that his sexy dance moves caused, he also became a popular guest on a number of television variety shows.
Soon, Presley was everywhere—on the radio, television and the silver screen—working as a musician and actor. His first film, Love Me Tender (1956), was a box office hit. Even a stint in the U.S. military couldn’t put a damper on Presley’s thriving career. He received his draft notice in 1957, and was inducted into the Army the following March. He eventually served in Germany for about a year and a half. Shortly before Presley left for Europe, his beloved mother, Gladys, died. He was granted a leave and returned to Memphis for the funeral. Deeply saddened by her death, Presley returned to duty. While in Germany, his spirits were lifted slightly when he met a young teenager named Priscilla Beaulieu.
After leaving the Army in 1960, Presley resumed his career and was soon back at the top of the charts with the soundtrack for his film GI Blues. He continued recording music and acting in such films as Blue Hawaii (1961), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) and Viva Las Vegas (1964). Though his films were often hit or miss with both critics and audiences, they brought in a profit and the soundtracks usually sold well. By the late 1960s, however, the enigmatic performer appeared to be losing his box office appeal. Proving he was still the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” he recorded his first TV special in 1968, often referred to as the “’68 Comeback.” He wowed audiences with his performance, which showcased his talents as a singer and a guitarist.
Around this time, Presley’s personal life also seemed to be on an upswing. He and Priscilla wed in 1967 and had a daughter, Lisa Marie, the following year. Unfortunately, this joyous time would not last. By the early 1970s, Presley’s marriage was falling apart. The couple divorced in 1973, and Priscilla received custody of Lisa Marie. Presley was also wrestling with other personal problems, including a growing addiction to prescription drugs; the once-thin rock star was battling a weight problem, and his destructive lifestyle caught up with him that fall, when he was hospitalized for drug-related health problems.
Despite his personal obstacles, Presley remained a popular draw in Las Vegas and on tour. He performed at his last concert in June 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana. After the concert, he returned home to his Memphis mansion, Graceland, to prepare for another tour.
Sometime in the morning of August 16, 1977, Presley died of heart failure, at the age of 42. It was later ruled that his death was related to his prescription drug use. Presley was buried on the Graceland property, near the gravesites of his mother, Gladys, father Vernon and grandmother Minnie Mae Hood Presley.
Throughout his amazing career, Presley helped popularize rock ‘n’ roll music in America. He also won three Grammy Awards for his gospel recordings. A major musical force, Presley had 18 No. 1 singles, including “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Good Luck Charm” and “Suspicious Minds,” as well as countless gold and platinum albums. He was one of the first performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986). But Elvis has been recognized for his contributions several musical genres, most notably rock, country and gospel. In 1998, Presley was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame; three years later, he was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
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 Marie Presley appeared together for the first time at the annual event.
“You should see this from our point-of-view. It’s amazing,” Priscilla Presley said during the event, according to the Washington Post. “The candles are lit. It’s truly a sight to behold … This is something that Elvis would never, ever have believed could have taken place here.”
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Bettie Page Reveals All (8-Sep-2012) · Himself
Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii (14-Jan-1973) · Himself
Elvis on Tour (1-Nov-1972) · Himself
Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (11-Nov-1970) · Himself
Change of Habit (10-Nov-1969) · Dr. John Carpenter
The Trouble with Girls (3-Sep-1969) · Walter Hale
Charro! (13-Mar-1969) · Jess Wade
Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special (3-Dec-1968) · Himself
Live a Little, Love a Little (23-Oct-1968) · Greg
Speedway (15-Apr-1968) · Steve Grayson
Stay Away, Joe (8-Mar-1968) · Joe Lightcloud
Clambake (15-Jul-1967) · Scott
Double Trouble (5-Apr-1967) · Guy Lambert
Easy Come, Easy Go (22-Mar-1967)
Spinout (17-Oct-1966) · Mike McCoy
Paradise, Hawaiian Style (9-Jun-1966) · Rick Richards
Frankie and Johnny (31-Mar-1966) · Johnny
Harum Scarum (24-Nov-1965) · Johnny Tyronne
Tickle Me (30-Jun-1965) · Lonnie Beale
Girl Happy (7-Apr-1965) · Rusty Wells
Roustabout (11-Nov-1964) · Charlie Rogers
Viva Las Vegas (30-Mar-1964) · Lucky Jackson
Kissin’ Cousins (6-Mar-1964) · Josh Morgan
Fun in Acapulco (27-Nov-1963)
It Happened at the World’s Fair (3-Apr-1963) · Mike Edwards
Girls! Girls! Girls! (21-Nov-1962)
Kid Galahad (11-Aug-1962) · Walter Gulick
Follow That Dream (11-Apr-1962) · Toby Kwimper
Blue Hawaii (22-Nov-1961) · Chad Gates
Wild in the Country (15-Jun-1961)
Flaming Star (20-Dec-1960)
G. I. Blues (23-Nov-1960) · Tulsa McCauley
King Creole (2-Jul-1958)
Jailhouse Rock (17-Oct-1957) · Vince Everett
Loving You (9-Jul-1957)
Love Me Tender (15-Nov-1956) · Clint
Is the subject of books:
Elvis: A Biography, 1971, BY: Jerry Hopkins
Elvis, 1981, BY: Albert Goldman
Elvis and Gladys, 1985, BY: Elaine Dundy
Elvis and Me, 1985, BY: Priscilla Presley
Elvis: The Last 24 Hours, 1990, BY: Albert Goldman
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, 1994, BY: Peter Guralnick
Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia, 1995, BY: Alanna Nash
Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, 1999, BY: Peter Guralnick
Elvis Day by Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music, 1999, BY: Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen
The FBI Files on Elvis Presley, 2001, BY: Thomas Fensch
The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, 2003, BY: Alanna Nash
Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend., 2004, BY: Pamela Clarke Keogh
Elvis by the Presleys, 2005, BY: Priscilla Presley
Source: Elvis Presley – Wikipedia
Source: Elvis Presley