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Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley[a] (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King".

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.

In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Forbes named Elvis Presley as the 2nd top earning dead celebrity with $55 million as of 2011.

 

He had a twin brother named Jesse who was stillborn.
Elvis loved to eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches, as well as many fried, greasy foods. His poor diet may have contributed to his death.
He spent 2 years in the army when he was drafted in 1958. He was a Sergeant when he got out.
Elvis bought his Graceland ranch in 1957. It is now a major tourist attraction in Memphis.
He wrote very few of his songs, although he sometimes received songwriter credit in exchange for performing the songs. The last song he wrote was a number with guitar influences from 1962 called "You'll be gone."
In Wright City, Missouri (about 40 miles west of St. Louis) there is a roadside attraction called the "Elvis Is Alive Museum.". Their theory is that Elvis faked his own death and has lived in obscurity ever since. They're serious.
He was an avid collector of guns and official badges. He collected a police badge in just about every city he played in.
Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie, was born exactly 9 months after he married Pricilla.
He is the only artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Hall of Fame.
The Elvis stamp released by the Postal Service on January 8, 1993, remains the top-selling commemorative postage stamp in the US.
The most requested piece from the US National Archives (of photographs and documents), more requested than the Bill of Rights or even the Constitution of the United States, is the photograph of Elvis Presley shaking hands with then-President Richard Nixon at the White House.
In 1959 he became the first artist to release an album without an artist name on the cover, front or back, with the album For LP Fans Only.
Elvis received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1971 Grammys.
His first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show was watched by a record 82.6% of the nationwide viewing audience. The $50,000 fee Sullivan paid for his appearances was more money than any performer had ever been paid to appear on a network variety program.
His televised concert Aloha From Hawaii was the first global satellite broadcast devoted to a single entertainer. It was seen by 51% of US viewers, more households than watched the first moon landing. In many countries it captured 70-90+% of the television audience. Ultimately, nearly 1.5 billion people in 40 countries saw this performance.
In 2003 a panel of music journalists commissioned by Britain's Q Magazine selected Elvis' first recording, "That's All Right," as the #1 pick in their list of "100 Songs that Changed the World".
Elvis Presley's Sun Records Sessions were among the first group of recordings selected for the National Recording Archives maintained by the US Library of Congress.
Especially in his later years he had an incredible vocal range; sometimes Presley is called an operatic singer. He could sing from bass vocal to falsetto. The highest note he could reach was the C.
He gained a new fandom of younger listeners when some of his songs were featured as part of the soundtrack for the 2001 Disney movie Lilo And Stitch.
In 1955, Sam Phillips away Elvis' contract to RCA records for $35,000. According to music journalist Robert Fontenot, this was not as big a blunder as it sounds, as the music business in 1955 was a quick-cash game; no label owner, certainly not a small, regional one like Phillips, could have possibly asked for a percentage of an artists' future royalties once he was signed away. $35,000 was by far the largest amount ever paid for any artist by a major label, and no one in the business considered Rock music more than a passing fad; if anything, RCA was thought to have wildly overpaid for Elvis. Phillips proved he was indeed a shrewd businessman by investing that $35,000 in a small upstart hotel chain in Memphis. The name of that chain was the Holiday Hotel; you may know it better as the Holiday Inn.
In November 2007, Elvis was #1 on a list of the top-earning dead celebrities compiled by Forbes magazine. He (actually, his estate), made $49 million in the previous 12 months, followed by John Lennon ($44 million) and cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, the writer and illustrator of Peanuts comic strip ($35 million).
Before his career took off, Elvis worked as a truck driver and as an usher at Loew's State Theater in Memphis.
He loved movies, and was a big fan of the actor James Dean. Elvis starred in 31 movies, but wasn't taken seriously as an actor.
Between 1961 and 1969, Elvis didn't play any live shows. However, from 1969-1976, he performed in Las Vegas over 800 times. He had a contract with the International Hotel, which later became The Hilton. When he was booked, he played two shows a night for seven days a week. Elvis remains a Vegas icon, and some people make their living there as Elvis impersonators.

50s, 60s Hits

A Big Hunk Of Love
All Shook Up
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Cant Help Falling In Love
Crying In The Chapel
Dont Be Cruel
Dont
Good Luck Charm
Hard Headed Woman
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
I Want You I Need You I Love You
It's Now Or Never
Jailhouse Rock
Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
Little Sister
Love Me Tender
Now And Then
Return To Sender
She's Not You
Stuck On You
Surrender
Thats All Right
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
You're The Devil In Disguise

Holiday

Blue Christmas
Here Comes Santa Clause
I'll Be Home For Christmas
If Everyday Was Like Christmas
Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
Santa Clause is Back in Town
Silver Bells
The First Noel
White Christmas

Rock

Santa Clause is Back in Town

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