Elvis Aaron Presley, born January the 8th, 1935, passed away August the 16th, 1977, he was an American singer as well as actor.
Thought of by many as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, and is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King", whereas others consider him to be nothing more than the world's first X-Factor winner, this theory is based upon his career being little more than cover versions, Eminem wrote, in the song "Without Me" - "I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley To do black music so selfishly And used it to get myself wealthy".
Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi as a twinless twin, 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 populariser of the Rockabilly sound, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of Country and Rhythm and Blues.
The RCA Victor record label 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 USA. He became regarded as the leading figure of Rock n Roll after a series of successful network TV appearances and a number of chart-topping records.
In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender.
In 1958, he was drafted into military service, but 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.
Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including Pop, Blues, Rock, 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 currently lists Elvis Presley as the 2nd top earning dead celebrity with $55 million in 2014, behind only Michael Jackson ($140 million).
Sadly though, several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he passed away in 1977 at the age of 42.
- 1956 - Elvis Presley (studio/comp)
- 1957 - Loving You (sound/studio)
- 1957 - Elvis' Christmas Album (studio)
- 1960 - Elvis Is Back! (studio)
- 1969 - G.I. Blues (soundtrack)
- 1961 - Something for Everybody (studio)
- 1961 - Blue Hawaii (soundtrack)
- 1962 - Pot Luck (studio)
- 1964 - Roustabout (soundtrack)
- 1969 - From Elvis in Memphis (studio)
- 1973 - Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite (live)
- 1974 - Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1 (compilation)
- 1975 - Promised Land (studio)
- 1976 - From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (studio)
- 1977 - Elvis' 40 Greatest (compilation)
- 1977 - Moody Blue (studio/live)
- 1977 - Elvis in Concert (live)
- 2002 - ELV1S: 30 No. 1 Hits (compilation)
- 2007 - Elvis the King (compilation)