Elvis Presley

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“I loved Elvis from 10 years old. I'm now 53. I miss him like he was a part of my family. Your Grandson is with you, protect and look after him. Both...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Chuck Long

“Elvis:You are the real King of rock n roll ! Jailhouse Rock 1950s, hound dog 1950s, big hunk o love 1950s, never been to Spain sang in 1972, mystery...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Joe DeHoyos - Acquaintance

“Elvis:You are the real King of rock n roll ! Jailhouse Rock 1950s, hound dog 1950s, big hunk o love 1950s, never been to Spain sang in 1972, mystery...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Joe DeHoyos

“Elvis:You are the real King of rock n roll ! Jailhouse Rock 1950s, hound dog 1950s, big hunk o love 1950s, never been to Spain sang in 1972, mystery...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Joe DeHoyos in west Texas

“Elvis you were the best singer of all times with a god gifted voice and of still today nobody can ever accomplish what you did in life and Im still a...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Michael Makemson - Friend

“RIP King of Rock and Roll ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Taz King

Elvis and Lisa Marie - Daddy's Little Girl
7 of 10 | Posted by: Ginger Gunter - Fall River, MA

“Elvis Presley's dealth devastated countless fans worldwide that loved him dearly. He influenced many musicians that came after him. His music legacy...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Ginger Gunter - Fall River, MA

“I am deeply sorry for your loss. My warmest condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Presley. May the God of all comfort grant you peace...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Gurnell Williams - Philadelphia, PA

“Elvis was my favorite actor and singer. I sadly miss him. Rest in peace. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Sandra - fan


Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977), (not 'Elvis Presly' or 'Elvis Presely' as his name is often misspelled) was the first widely known rock-and-roll singer star - and subsequently named the King of Rock and Roll. He rose from poverty to fame in the mid 1950s, attracting large audiences in concerts and especially teenage girls everywhere he went. Elvis was young and attractice, had great voice, and his sound and style was something totally unique.

Elvis' musical style was a combination of black Rhythm & Blues, country, blues, pop music of the day, and gospel. His stage performance was a novelty thing in the 1950s, with lots of swiweling dance movements that some parents and church people considered vulgar and a dangerous influence to their teenagers. He even got nicknamed "Elvis the Pelvis" for his swinging dance.

Elvis also started making movies in 1956 with the film "Love Me Tender" - acting had been his dream for a long time. Between 1956 and 1961 he was recording, performing live concerts, and making movies (with the exception of his time in army) and achieved international fame. Other movies from this early period are "Loving You", "Jailhouse Rock", and "King Creole". Soon after returning from army in 1961 he abandoned singing to live audiences and turned exclusively to film making.

1960s saw Elvis acting in one movie after another (for example "Flaming Star", "Blue Hawaii", and "Viva Las Vegas"), until finally his films ended up being produced like from an assembly line with a set pattern. Elvis grew dissatisfied with his acting career and totally quit making movies in 1969. Instead he started giving live concerts again - encouraged by the good response of the TV special aired in 1968 and by the triumphant success of a month-long concert engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel in 1969.

The time from 1970 till his death at 1977 Elvis spent touring in concerts all over the United States - around 1,000 concerts total. He also had long engagements in Las Vegas International Hotel each year. He made history with these elaborate shows, his costumes (most often various jumpsuits) breaking box office records.

Elvis died, totally unexpectedly, in 1977 from heart attack, prescription drug abuse being indicated as a cause.

Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967 after 7 years of courtship. They had one child, Lisa Marie Presley, born in 1968. They separated in 1972, with Priscilla receiving custody.

Elvis has sold over 1 billion albums worldwide, has over 100 gold/platinum awards for his singles and albums within the United States and is by far the most popular artist ever. His records, CDs, and movies continue to sell well, even today.