Musician Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. Vernon and Gladys Presley had no other children besides Elvis. His father had a hard time finding work. Thus, the family struggled financially. While Elvis’s father served his eight months in prison, the Presley family moved in with his grandmother. Elvis Presley was a timid, clingy kid who adored his mom.
Elvis Presley’s Family
Elvis and his future wife, Priscilla, met in Germany while he was serving in the military. They started dating in 1962 and were married in 1967. Lisa Marie Presley was the only child born to Elvis and Priscilla.
Elvis Presley’s Debut as Singer
People could hear Elvis’s incredible voice even when he was little. He made his debut as a singer when he was ten. That same year, he purchased his first guitar. Elvis Presley was an avid guitarist. Even to class, he took it along with him. He never learned to read music or take voice or guitar lessons. He listened to other musicians and picked up musical notation through osmosis (listening to them).
In the eighth grade, while Elvis was on his way to stardom, his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. While living in Memphis, Elvis was exposed to numerous musical styles. He enjoyed spending time at Charlie’s record store, where he could listen to music. Elvis maintained his guitar practice routine as well.
Elvis Presley’s Professional Career and Life
A Unique Style
When it came to music and performance, no one could compare to Elvis. His sound fused elements of country and gospel. On stage, he was also spotted doing the hip shake. Adults at the time were often taken aback by his performances. It was common practice for TV producers to instruct him to refrain from dancing or film him only from the waist up whenever he appeared. But preteens and teens were crazy for Elvis and his music. It was unlike anything they’d ever seen, and they adored it.
Star of the Silver Screen
Elvis Presley began acting in films in addition to recording and touring. In 1956, he made his debut in the film Love Me Tender. The movie’s title song, which he also sang, became a hit. More than 30 films, including Jailhouse Rock, Blue Hawaii, Viva Las Vegas, and Double Trouble, featured him as a lead actor during the next 15 years.
Join the Armed Forces
In 1958, Elvis entered the military after being drafted. The King wished to be accorded the same respect as a regular soldier. After two years of military service, he was discharged in 1960. He was serving in Germany at the time with the Third Armored Division. While he did receive compensation for his service, he chose to give it away instead.
Elvis Presley kept on acting and recording music. By the middle of the sixties, he had shifted his focus from music to filmmaking. In 1968, he returned triumphantly with a TV special featuring him playing various tunes. The album From Elvis in Memphis, which he released in 1969, featured the hit single “Suspicious Minds.”
Elvis Presley’s Sun Records
Sam Phillips was the owner of a recording studio in Memphis. In August 1953, Elvis recorded his first studio song for his mother. The song’s title meant “My Happiness.” Over the following year, Elvis made frequent trips to Sun Records, where he hoped to be noticed. Sam Phillips had first suggested that Elvis record a few songs with local musicians Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass.
Going to Sun Records, Elvis, Scotty, and Bill started recording various tunes. Even after hearing many tracks, Sam Phillips was unimpressed. He suggested that the boys take a breather. During the intermission, Elvis started performing “That’s All Right,” an old blues tune. Elvis added his unique sound to the track. He sang it loudly and bounced around the room during this time. Hearing the music, Scotty and Bill decided to join in. After listening to the guys play, Sam Phillips realized he had a hit on his hands. Three days after he recorded the song, it was being played on the radio. To put it simply, Elvis Presley was about to blow up.
Elvis Presley’s Death Reason
Due to heart failure, Elvis Presley passed away on August 16, 1977. His weight and drug use have worsened over the years, contributing to a general decline in his health. He was laid to rest at Graceland next to his parents.
Elvis Presley’s Popularity
Elvis’s popularity grew after the release of “That’s All Right,” when he started making appearances at small clubs. Before long, Elvis, Scotty, and Bill were performing concerts throughout the Midwest. Elvis Presley’s recording contract with RCA Records was inked in 1955. Elvis Presley’s album, featuring his debut Top 10 single “Heartbreak Hotel,” was certified platinum and gold, respectively. Among the many TV shows on which Elvis performed were the Milton Berle Show, the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Steve Allen Show. He had risen to prominence as a music industry superstar.
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