Elvis Presley gave to the world songs that soothed the soul and that is the reason that his fans loved and even worshipped him. Read on to know about his humble beginnings, his rise to fame, and his life as a whole.
Elvis Aron Presley, the "King of Rock and Roll", was born on January 8th, 1935. He also had a twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, who died shortly after he was born. Elvis was born in a poor and religious family. His father, Vernon Presley worked multiple jobs but, was not successful in any of them.
Elvis’s talent was discovered when he was an elementary school student in Tupelo. Soon, he started to sing with the choir of his local church. When he was about 12 years old, he got a guitar as his birthday present. Although Elvis could not read music, he learnt to play the guitar on his own! As time passed by he participated in many talent contests in Tupelo and Memphis, Tennessee, the city where they moved to when he was thirteen. Once he completed his graduation from L.C. Humes High School, Memphis, Elvis started working as a truck driver in order to make enough money to cut his own record at the Memphis Recording Services studio. In less than a year, Elvis recorded “That’s all Right Mama” for Sun Records. This was Elvis’s first commercial release!
It was in the year 1955 that Elvis’s song, “Mystery Train” reached the top of the country charts. “Heartbreak Hotel,” was his first number one song which featured in the “Hot 100” and even managed to stay in the position for seven of the twenty-seven weeks it stayed on the chart. This song slowly became a symbol of Elvis’s talent that combined country singing with rhythm and blues. Other songs that Elvis sang in the 1950’s include: Hound Dog (1956), Blue Suede Shoes (1956), Don’t be Cruel (1956), Love Me Tender (1956), All Shook Up (1957), Jailhouse Rock (1957).
“King of Rock and Roll” was the title that was given to Elvis because of his immense contribution to new music right from the 1950’s to the 1960’s and eventually its permanent place in the music of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Elvis had many fans who copied the way he dressed, the way he did his hair, and even the way he behaved. With time Elvis had the most records to make the rating charts and was the top recording artists for two decades, the 1950’s and the 1960’s. Elvis did not confine his talent to only music. This famous singer slowly entered television and movies and was an instant success there. Some of his television shows were: The Steve Allen Show, The Toast of the Town, and The Milton Berle Show. Elvis acted in many movies too such as: Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, G.I Blues, Blue Hawaii, Spin Out, Wild in the country, and Girls! Girls! Girls!
It was in the year 1958 that Elvis joined the army. Unfortunately, this was the same year in which his mother died while he was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. After Texas, Elvis spent the remainder of his service in Germany right up to the time he was released from service in 1960. It was in Germany that Elvis met his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu. Elvis married Priscilla in the year 1967 and they were blessed with a baby daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, in 1968. Unfortunately, Elvis and Priscilla were not able to sort out their differences which led to their divorce a few years later. Elvis also suffered financial losses because of his personal manager, Tom Parker, who was a known gambler. Elvis’s entire earnings is said to have been about $4.3 billion, but his irresponsible attitude towards money was the reason for frequent legal battles among many record companies and his management company.
Elvis became dependent on drugs after he was faced with a weight problem in the late 1960’s.Despite this problem, Elvis continued to perform on stage even in the 1970’s. Unfortunately, this spate of good luck did not last long and he was found dead by his fiancée, Ginger Alden in Graceland Mansion on 16th August, 1977. Doctors said the cause of death was a heart attack, but despite that, the mention of the fact that he was dependent on drugs caused quite a furore in the media. Elvis’s death broke a million hearts and people all over the world cried for the “King of Rock and Roll.” Even today years after his death people from all over still visit his home, Graceland Mansion, just to see how the King lived.