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Birth Name: Elvis Aaron Presley
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Birthplace: Tupelo, MS
Date of Death: August 16, 1977
Occupations: Actor, Musician
Quote: "Without Elvis, none of us could have made it." -(attributed to) Buddy Holly
Presley Photo

Claim to Fame: His swivel-hipped dance moves and distinctive sound earned him the title "The King of Rock-n-Roll"

Significant Other(s):
Debra Paget, actor; appeared together in Love Me Tender (1956)
Natalie Wood, actor
Juliet Proswe, singer, dancer
Anne Helm, actor; appeared together in Follow That Dream (1962)
Connie Stevens, actor, singer
Ann-Margret, actor, singer; costarred together in Viva Las Vegas; dated in 1964
Regina Carrol, TV host, actor; met during filming of Viva Las Vegas(1964)
Wife: Priscilla Presley (née Beaulieu), actor; born May 24, 1945; met while she was a high school student in Wiesbaden, West Germany, where he was stationed in the army; married May 1, 1967, in Las Vegas, Nevada; Elvis filed for divorce August 18, 1972; divorced October 9, 1973 (although neither reportedly signed the final decree)
Linda Thompson, actor, songwriter, former Miss Tennessee; together July 1972 until November 1976
Cybill Shepherd, actor, model, singer
Ginger Alden; together November 1976 until his death; were reportedly engaged

Brother: Jesse Garon, Elvis' twin; born January 8, 1935; died same day
Mother: Gladys Smith Presley; born April 25, 1912; died August 14, 1958
Father: Vernon Elvis Presley; born April 10, 1916; died June 26, 1979
Daughter: Lisa Marie Presley; born February 1, 1968; married and divorced Michael Jackson

When Elvis Presley's identical twin died at birth, his mother interpreted it as a divine omen of her surviving son's destiny. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 13, and there, in 1953, the 17-year-old Presley went into the recording studio at Sun Records and paid five dollars to record a two-sided single as a birthday present for his mother. "I don't sing like nobody," he told the engineer. An impressed secretary made a note of his name and passed it along to the owner of Sun Records, Sam Phillips. Presley was by far the most charismatic of the phenomenal first wave of rock'n'rollers recorded by Sam Phillips - along with the likes of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. According to legend, Phillips, who had produced a string of R&B hits by such artists as Howlin' Wolf and Rufus Thomas in the early 1950s, had proclaimed that if he could find a young white singer with the sound and spirit of a black man, he would make a billion dollars (Phillips himself staked his money on Carl Perkins, selling Presley's contract, along with the rights to his Sun singles to RCA for $35,000). Presley went on to achieve explosive success with RCA. In 1956, his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, declared an "Elvis Presley Day" on the occasion of his first return performance since winning second prize for singing "Old Shep" at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in 1945. This time, the National Guard had to be called in to maintain order. Teenagers screamed and fainted at his concerts. According to troubled experts of the day, Presley had single-handedly unleashed the pent-up sexual energy of McCarthy-era middle America. The end of Western civilization and free enterprise could not be far behind. TV cameramen were instructed to film "Elvis the Pelvis" only from the waist up. Presley himself, however, considered his singing career primarily as a means to an end. His real ambition all along was to be a movie star. From 1956 to 1969, Presley starred in 33 feature films, most of them following nearly identical scripts, tailored to showcase Presley, and all subject to approval by Presley's tyrannical manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker. There were several exceptions. "Jailhouse Rock" (1957), captures Presley in all his snarling, shaking teen-idol glory, and features his choreography for the terrific title number. "Flaming Star" (1960) features Elvis as a half-breed Indian who must choose sides, and shows the instinctive actor within him that might have flourished had he escaped Parker's greedy machinations. And "Viva Las Vegas" (1964), despite being hampered by the typical Presley-pic plot, pairs Elvis with the explosive Ann-Margret, the only co-star he ever had who equaled him in musical talent and sexual charisma (rumor has it that Parker was made uncomfortable seeing Presley's talent played off someone who measured up to him). Although his movies consistently made money at the box office, Presley's artistic reputation suffered. With the emergence of such artists as Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the early 1960s, Presley all but vanished from the rock'n'roll scene. In 1968, friends persuaded Elvis to veto Colonel Parker's concept for a sappy TV Christmas special. Instead, Elvis made a triumphant comeback in the "Singer Special," where, clad from head to toe in black leather, he literally wiggled out of the "wholesome" movie persona that had so severely constrained him for more than a decade (not until 1968's "Live a Little, Love a Little" did an Elvis character "go all the way"). The "Singer Special" was followed by a smash comeback album, concert appearances and hit singles such as "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds." Presley's regained popularity continued to grow, even as his health declined. He died of a heart attack at his "Graceland" mansion in Memphis at the age of 42. 5 Although Elvis Presley's greatest contribution unquestionably came from his earliest recordings, circa 1955-57, when he was the young, sneering rebel, his later image as well remains a strong presence in the popular consciousness. Since his death, the adoration of his fans has been known to reach cultish, even religious, proportions. Theories and rumors concerning his death - even the reality of his death--continue as a staple of tabloid journalism.

Elvis and Marilyn
Milton Berle: The Second Time Around - Funny Fifties
Young Elvis
Rare Moments with the King
Elvis in Hollywood (1993)
Elvis: The Lost Performances (1992)
Back to the 50's, Vol. 2 (1990)
Elvis in the Movies (1990)
Elvis: Rare Moments with the King (1990)
When the Applause Died (1990)
Elvis: The Great Performances, Vol. 1 - Center Stage (1990)
Elvis: The Great Performances, Vol. 2 - The Man and His Music (1990)
Rock 'n' Roll History, Vol. 4: Rockabilly Rockers (1990)
Rock 'n' Roll History, Vol. 5: Rock 'n' Soul Heaven (1990)
1950s: Music, Memories and Milestones (1989)
Elvis (1989)
Elvis Presley: 27 Songs That Shook the World (1988)
Hot to Trot! (1988)
Elvis '56: In the Beginning (1987)
Elvis: The Echo Will Never Die (1986)
Elvis Memories (1985)
Elvis Presley's Graceland (1984)
Rock 'n' Roll Heaven (1984)
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style (1983)
This is Elvis (1981)
Story of Elvis Presley (1977)
Hempas Bar (1977)
Il Etait Une Fois Les Annees 60 (1976)
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (1973)
Elvis on Tour (1972)
Warnung Vor Einer Heiligen Nutte (1971)
Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)
Change of Habit (1969)
Charro! (1969)
The Trouble with Girls (1969)
Elvis in Concert 1968 (1968)
Elvis: '68 Comeback Special (1968)
Elvis: One Night with You (1968)
Live a Little, Love A Little (1968)
Singer Presents "Elvis": The 1968 Comeback Special (Outtakes) (1968)
Speedway (1968)
Joe Stay Away (1968)
Clambake (1967)
Double Trouble (1967)
Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)
Spinout (1966)
Frankie and Johnny (1965)
Girl Happy (1965)
Harum Scarum (1965)
Tickle Me (1965)
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
Roustabout (1964)
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Fun in Acapulco (1963)
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
Blue Hawaii (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
Kid Galahad (1962)
Follow That Dream (1961)
Wild in the Country (1961)
Flaming Star (1960)
G.I. Blues (1960)
Elvis in the 50s (195?)
TV Variety, Vol. 27 (1959)
King Creole (1958)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Loving You (1957)
Early Elvis (1956)
Elvis on Television (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Milton Berle Show (1956)
Milton Berle Show, Vol. 4 (1956)
Milton Berle Show, Vol. 5 (1956)
Stage Show with the Dorsey Brothers (1956)
Stage Show (1955)

1967: Grammy: Best Sacred Performance for "How Great Thou Art"
1971: National Recording Arts and Sciences Bing Crosby Award: Lifetime Achievement
1972: Grammy: Best Inspirational Performance (non-classical) for "He Touched Me"
1974: Grammy: Best Inspirational Performance (non-classical) for "How Great Thou Art"
1986: Special American Music Award (posthumously)

The death of Elvis' twin brother was interpreted by their mother Gladys as a divine omen for Elvis' destiny

L.C. Humes High School, Memphis, TN (1953)
Studied to become an Electrician. Employed as a Truck Driver.


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