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Elvis Presley

94 Albums - 2162 Lyrics
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The biography of Elvis Presley

Full name, elvis aaron (some sources say aron) presley; born january 8, 1935, in tupelo, miss. ; died of heart failure, august 16, 1977, in memphis, tenn. ; buried at forest hill cemetery, memphis, tenn. , august 18, 1977; body moved to private graveyard at graceland, memphis, october, 1977; son of vernon elvis and gladys love (smith) presley; married priscilla ann beaulieu (an actress), may 1, 1967 (divorced, 1973); children: lisa marie. Education: graduated from humes high school, memphis, 1953. Admired as one of the most successful recording artists of all time, american singer and guitarist elvis presley exploded onto the music scene in the mid-1950s. With a sound rooted in rockabilly and rhythm-and-blues, a daringly sexual performing style, and a magnetic charm, the pioneer rock 'n' roller became an idol for an entire generation of music enthusiasts. Adoring fans remember him as the father of rock 'n' roll, the king, and elvis the pelvis, and he is widely credited with introducing a new era in popular culture. Writing for newsweek, jim miller reported that presley himself has become "a complex figure of american myth: as improbably successful as a horatio alger hero, as endearing as mickey mouse, as tragically self-destructive as marilyn monroe. "
indeed, neither critics nor biographers can find much in the mississippi-born star's background to presage his rise to fame. The boy spent his earliest years in his hometown of tupelo, where he and his family shared a two-room house, and as a teen he lived in memphis, tennessee, where his family relocated when he was in the eighth grade. Shortly after finishing high school in 1953, the unknown artist began driving a delivery truck for the crown electric company. He fooled around with the guitar in his free time. The year he graduated, however, the young hopeful also made an amateur recording at the memphis recording studio. He followed it with a second in 1954 and captured the attention of sam phillips at sun records. As a result, presley created the now-legendary sun recordings, hailed by many as among his finest. With a musical career in the offing, the future star quit his truck-driving job in 1954 and began performing professionally, mostly in rural areas where he was billed as the hillbilly cat. He also saw his first sun recording, "that's all right mama," rise to number three on the memphis country-and-western charts. Thus, despite some disappointments, including discouraging words from the grand ole opry and rejection by new york city's arthur godfrey talent scouts, presley persisted. By the end of 1955, after making a six-state southern tour with hank snow's jamboree that piqued considerable interest, the up-and-comer had negotiated the agreement with rca that would bring him stardom. Presley's very first rca single, "heartbreak hotel" (co-written by presley, tommy durden, and mae boren axton, mother of country star hoyt axton), was wildly succesful and became his first gold record. "from the opening notes of the song," opined miller in another newsweek review, "the air is electric. " the air remained electric as the singer scored hit after hit with such tunes as "don't be cruel," "hound dog," "blue suede shoes," and "love me tender. " his sound, which evolved from his roots in the deep south and combined elements of country-and-western, rhythm-and-blues, and gospel, was new, and it was instantly popular. Though not the inventor of rock and roll, presley, reflected john rockwell in the new york times, "defined the style and gave it an indelible image. "
voice alone did not comprise the star's appeal. He was also a remarkable showman. Advised by colonel tom parker, whom he signed as his manager early in 1956, presley began making films, appearing on television, and otherwise keeping himself in the public eye. Though reportedly shy and disinclined to be interviewed, the upstart musician gave performances that drove audiences mad. His captivating smile, coupled with the pelvic "bump-and-grind" rhythm that earned him the appellation elvis the pelvis, projected an exciting sexuality that was unprecedented in the music world. He prompted moral outrage from the older generation and hero worship from the younger to become, in rockwell's words, an entertainer "parents abhorred, young women adored and young men instantly imitated. "
presley was already a legend by the time he was drafted into the u. S. Army in 1958, and during his two-year hitch, most of it spent in west germany, his recordings continued to sell well. But by the time he returned from his tour of duty, the music climate in the united states had changed. There was a notable downturn in his career, and the king of rock and roll devoted most of the 1960s to making movies that were entertaining but undistinguished. In 1968 the rocker staged a successful, if short-lived, comeback, and during the seventies he concentrated on playing nightclubs. At approximately 2:30 p. M. On august 16, 1977, presley's body was found in the bathroom at graceland, his memphis, tennessee, home. Although the medical examiner reported that presley died of heart failure, rumors of the star's amphetamine use flourished. For a number of years prior to his death, in fact, presley looked as if he had passed his prime. Apparently, though neither a drinker nor a smoker, the king was known as a junk-food addict (reputed to favor fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches) and had gained considerable weight. He also had a history of mild hypertension. As miller summed it up, presley, formerly "an icon of glowing youth. . . Died tallow-faced and tubby, the victim of too many dreamsicles and nutty buddies, too much dexedrine, dilaudid, demerol, quaalude, [and] percodan. "
despite the circumstances, the king continued to grow in stature after his death. Indeed, in a piece for the saturday evening post, jay stuller even suggested that death "lent [him] a tragic aura. " whatever the reasons, grief-stricken fans remained fiercely devoted and scrambled to preserve their idol's memory. In the process, they spawned an entire industry. More than ten years later, memorabilia abounds and hundreds of new products pay tribute to the presley legend--everything from slippers and shampoo to porcelain dolls and grandfather clocks. There are some two hundred-odd active elvis fan clubs, the city of memphis hosts an annual elvis week, and at one time a bill was put before the u. S. Congress that advocated making the recording giant's birthday a national holiday. The king's achievement has yet to be duplicated. He racked up more than one hundred top forty hits as well as more than forty gold records, and sales of his recordings exceed one billion copies. He also influenced an entire generation of rock musicians, including bob dylan, john lennon, and bruce springsteen. Trying to unravel the mystique, stuller quoted graceland enterprises marketing director, ken brixey: "i guess the best answer is that he was a blue-collar worker who in spirit never tried to rise above his roots. He's the epitome of a man who started out with nothing, became something and never lost his attraction to the masses. He's a true folk hero. "

	by nancy h. Evans

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'68 Comeba
30 #1 Hits
Afternoon In The Garden
Aloha From Hawaii
Aloha From Hawaii
Alternate Aloha
Always On My Mind
Artist Of The Century
Blue Hawaii
Burning Love
Can't Help
Christmas Classics
Christmas Classics
Collectors Gold
Elvis 24 Karat Hits
Elvis 2nd To None
Elvis 56
Elvis Elvis Elvis: The King & His Movies
Elvis Gospel 1957-71-known On
Elvis In Concert
Elvis Is Back
Elvis Platinum-a Life In Music
Elvis Presley
Elvis' Chr
Elvis' Gol
Elvis' Gol
Elvis' Gre
For Lp Fans Only
From Elvis In Memphis
From Elvis In Memphis
G.i. Blues
Gold Recor
Golden Celebration-elvis 50th
Great Country Songs
Great Elvis Presley Live
Great Performances
He Touched Me
Heart & Soul
His Hand In Mine
Home Recordings
How Great Thou Art
If Every Day Was Like Christma
In Person At The International
Jailhouse Rock/love Me Tender
King Creole
Live At Madison Square Garden
Love Songs
Loving You
Live At Madison Square Garden
Memories Of Christmas
Million Dollar Quartet
Moody Blue
Number One Hits
On Stage
On Stage-february 1970
Pot Luck
Promised Land
Recorded Live On Stage In Memp
Rhythm & Country
Silver Box Set
Sings Wonderful World Of Xmas
Something For Everybody
Stereo '57
Suspicious Minds
That's The
Tiger Man
Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Top Ten Hits
Touch Of Platinum
Valentine Gift For You
Viva Las Vegas/roustabout
Vol. 1-50 Gold Hits
Vol. 1-first Moves
Vol. 1-gold Award Hits No. 2
Vol. 1-legendary Performer
Vol. 2-50,
Vol. 2-other Sides-worldwide G
Vol. 2-touch Of Platinum
Vol. 3-elv
Vol. 3-hits Like Never
Vol. 4-elv
Vol. 4-hundred Years From
Vol. 5-elv
Welcome To My World
It Happened at the World's Fair

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