Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley

Publicity photo for Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Background information
Birth name Elvis Aaron Presley[1]
Also known as The Hillbilly Cat (1953–55)[2]
Born January 8, 1935(1935-01-08)
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Died August 16, 1977(1977-08-16) (aged 42)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S
Occupations Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1953–1977
Labels Sun, RCA Victor
Website Elvis.com

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 − August 16, 1977) was an American singer, musician and actor. He was one of the first and most famous in rock and roll music. He also starred in many movies. His fame has lasted long after his death. He is one of the most well-known people from the 20th century in the world. He is so popular that some people know him as only "Elvis". He is also referred to as "The King of Rock and Roll", or just "The King".

Early life[change | edit source]

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi to 18-year-old Vernon Elvis Presley and 22-year-old Gladys Love Presley (nee Smith),[3] in the two-room shotgun house built by Vernon's father in preparation for the child's birth. Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before him. As an only child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an unusually tight bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God church, where he found his initial musical inspiration.[4] Presley's ancestry was primarily a Western European mix: on his mother's side, he was Scots-Irish, with some French Norman; one of Gladys' great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee.[5]{{#tag:ref|According to a third cousin of Presley's, one of Gladys's great-grandmothers was Jewish.[6] There is no evidence that Presley or his mother shared this belief in a Jewish heritage. Syndicated columnist Nate Bloom has challenged the cousin's account, which he calls a "tall tale".[7] Presley's father's forebears were of Scottish[8] and German[9] ancestry. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family. Vernon moved from one odd job to the next, evidencing little ambition.[10][11] The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance. The Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak. In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of altering a check written by the landowner. He was jailed for eight months, and Gladys and Elvis moved in with relatives.[12] He moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his family when he was 13 years old. Presley was one of the first musicians to play a type of music called rockabilly, which combined country music with rhythm and blues.[13] His first No.1 hit, "Heartbreak Hotel", from 1955, and was one of the first popular rock and roll songs.

He would meet Barbara Lewis while recording jingles for a commercial in 1953. Their relationship would produce a child, Deborah, which would not be made public until 1989 where his cousin Gene Smith and her mother Barbara would make testimony which was heard in the Supreme court of Tennessee, allowing Deborah to be known as Elvis' daughter. DNA tests from the Parker/Presley paternity case would be submitted along with Deborah's DNA, all submitted by Dr. Sturgeon, proving her case. Deborah would marry Christian Brando, son of Marlon Brando.

Personal life[change | edit source]

Presley entered the military in 1958, and was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged from the military, and returned to the United States in 1960. In Germany, he met Priscilla Beaulieu, whom he married in 1967. They had a daughter which they named Lisa Marie (who was married to pop singer Michael Jackson).

In 1973, Priscilla and Elvis divorced. By this point, he had become addicted to many prescription drugs.[14]

Death[change | edit source]

He died on August 16, 1977 from a heart attack. He was discovered dead in his bathroom.

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