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Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor who became the most popular cultural icon of rock n’ roll in the 20th century. Today, he is known as the the King of Rock n’ Roll or simply the King.
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Key Facts & Information
EARLY AND PERSONAL LIFE
- On January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley. He was an only child after the death of his identical twin brother Jesse Garon.
- Young Elvis found his initial musical inspiration while attending the Assembly of God Church. On October 3, 1945, Elvis had his first public performance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, where he sang Old Shep in a cowboy outfit.
- Also in 1946, Elvis received his first guitar as a birthday gift and started his lessons under his uncles, who were pastors in their church.
- In 1948, their family moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he enrolled at L.C Humes High School and began playing his guitar during lunchtime. It was also during this time when he started styling his hair with rose oil and vaseline.
- In 1967, Presley married Priscilla and had a daughter, Lisa Marie. By 1973, the couple divorced and Presley began his addiction to prescription drugs. Moreover, he suffered from weight problems which worsened his lifestyle.
MUSICAL CAREER AND FAME
- In 1954, Presley released his debut single That’s All Right under the label Sun Studio owned by Sam Phillips. After a year, his unique musical style and good looks gathered a number of fans. In the same year, he signed with RCA Records and released his No. 1 single Heartbreak Hotel under his first No. 1 album, Elvis Presley. With his sexy dance moves and gyrating hips, Elvis became a popular guest on television shows.
- In 1956, his first film Love Me Tender played in cinemas and became a box office hit. The following year, he was inducted to the US Army and was sent to Germany where he met Priscilla Beaulieu.
- In 1960, he returned from duty and continued his career in music and acting, starring in films including Blue Hawaii (1961), Girls!Girls!Girls! (1962), and Viva Las Vegas (1964).
- In the late 1960s, Presley began losing his box office appeal. He decided to record his first tv special in 1968 to prove that he was still the King of Rock n’ Roll.
- Amidst his personal problems, Presley remained popular on his tours in Las Vegas as well as his last show in Indianapolis, Indiana, in June 1977.
DEATH AND LEGACY
- At the age of 42, Presley died of heart failure on August 16, 1977. Later, investigations ruled that his death was due to prescription drug use. His body was buried on the Graceland property near the gravesites of his mother, father, and grandmother.
- Throughout his musical career, Elvis Presley had 18 No. 1 singles including Suspicious Minds, Don’t be Cruel, and Good Luck Charm. He had 150 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for his albums and singles, plus three Grammy Awards for his gospel recordings. He performed in over 1,100 concert performances and starred in 31 movies.
- Presley was instrumental in popularizing rock n’ roll music in the United States.
- Even after his death, he remained the cultural icon of rock n’ roll. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998, and Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Elvis Presley Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Elvis Presley Facts
- The King of Rock n’ Roll
- Best of Presley
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- The King
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- Presley Legacy
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