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Also Known As: Elvis A. Presley, Elvis Aron Presley Died: August 16, 1977
Born: January 8, 1935 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Tupelo, Mississippi, USA Profession: singer, actor, usher, truck driver

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Dubbed "The King of Rock n' Roll," Elvis Presley transcended multiple musical genres and entertainment mediums, ultimately becoming a global phenomenon - the 20th Century personification of America's great potential, mirrored by its predisposition for self-destruction. As a teenager, Presley was discovered by Sam Phillips at Memphis' famous Sun Studio, home of other future musical giants like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. A scant three years later, under the Svengali-like guidance of manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, the young singer exploded onto the national stage with a series of controversial TV appearances, culminating with three star-making guest spots on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971). The making of hit singles such as "Heartbreak Hotel" and movie roles in films like "Jailhouse Rock" (1957) were temporarily sidelined when the hip-shaking heartthrob was drafted into the U.S. Army for two years in 1958. After his triumphant return in 1960, Presley soon shifted his focus from music and live performances to his work in film. For almost 10 years, he would churn out nearly 30 films - which began a steady decline in quality by the mid-1960s - as his once prolific and groundbreaking recording...

Dubbed "The King of Rock n' Roll," Elvis Presley transcended multiple musical genres and entertainment mediums, ultimately becoming a global phenomenon - the 20th Century personification of America's great potential, mirrored by its predisposition for self-destruction. As a teenager, Presley was discovered by Sam Phillips at Memphis' famous Sun Studio, home of other future musical giants like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. A scant three years later, under the Svengali-like guidance of manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, the young singer exploded onto the national stage with a series of controversial TV appearances, culminating with three star-making guest spots on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971). The making of hit singles such as "Heartbreak Hotel" and movie roles in films like "Jailhouse Rock" (1957) were temporarily sidelined when the hip-shaking heartthrob was drafted into the U.S. Army for two years in 1958. After his triumphant return in 1960, Presley soon shifted his focus from music and live performances to his work in film. For almost 10 years, he would churn out nearly 30 films - which began a steady decline in quality by the mid-1960s - as his once prolific and groundbreaking recording career lost the relevance it had previously enjoyed. With his mesmerizing comeback in the televised special "Elvis" (NBC, 1968), Presley reinvented himself and rediscovered his passion for live performance. His historic globally broadcast live concert "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" (1973) would be the pinnacle of a career that had already exceeded existing perceptions of fame and success. Sadly, the years that followed saw Presley's physical and emotional state deteriorate due to the shocking pharmacopeia he had for so long relied upon to meet the grueling demands of constant touring. When Presley died at the age of 42 in August of 1977, it was simultaneously the end of a career unlike anything the world had ever known and the beginning of a true cultural icon.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 That's Entertainment! III (1994) Song Performer
2.
 Elvis On Tour (1972)
4.
 Change of Habit (1969) Dr. John Carpenter
5.
 The Trouble with Girls (1969) Walter Hale
6.
 Charro! (1969) Jess Wade
7.
 Speedway (1968) Steve Grayson
8.
9.
 Stay Away, Joe (1968) Joe Lightcloud
10.
 Double Trouble (1967) Guy Lambert
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Milestones close milestones

1945:
Won second prize at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show for his rendition of Red Foley's "Old Shep" (collected $5.00 and free admission to all rides at fair)
1946:
Received guitar for 11th birthday
1948:
Moved to Memphis, Tennessee at age 13; father was reportedly on the run from authorities after running a moonshine operation
1953:
Immediately after high school graduation worked at Parker Machinists Shop in Memphis
1953:
Worked at the Precision Tool Company in Memphis
1953:
Recorded "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartache Begins" for $4.00 at The Memphis Recording Service (Sun Records); gave acetate to mother as a belated extra birthday gift
:
Drove a truck for Crown Electric (Memphis)
1954:
Backed by Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass recorded three songs ("I Love You Because", "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and what would become his debut, Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's "That's All Right") for Sam Philips' Sun Records (July 5)
1954:
Made first and only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry (September 25); allegedly told to "stick to drivin' a truck"
1954:
Appeared regularly on the radio program "The Louisiana Hayride" out of Shreveport; first appearance on October 16, 1954; met future manager 'Colonel' Thomas Parker
1955:
Made TV debut on a local version of "Hayride" in March
1955:
Signed on with RCA label; Parker brokered the deal which sent $40,000 to Phillips for Elvis' contract and the rights to five singles; with his $5000 signing bonus, bought his mother a pink Cadillac
1956:
National TV debut on the Dorsey brothers' "Stage Show" (CBS on January 28); followed soon by six consecutive appearances
1956:
RCA re-release of Sun recording of Junior Parker's "Mystery Train" (flip side "I Forgot to Remember to Forget") hit Number 1 on BILLBOARD's Country Chart in February; first Number 1 hit on a national chart
1956:
In March, signed management agreement with Parker, who was guaranteed 25 percent of all monies
1956:
Released first album, "Elvis Presley" (March 13)
1956:
In April, signed seven-year contract with Hal Wallis and Paramount; made feature acting debut in "Love Me Tender" on loan to 20th Century-Fox; also sang; film recouped its $1 million investment in three days
1956:
Earned nickname 'Elvis the Pelvis' after second appearance on "The Milton Berle Show" (June 6)
1956:
Had four Number 1 recordings ("Heartbreak Hotel", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", "Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender") on way to record ten consecutive Number 1 singles
:
Performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" three times; Sullivan had initially proclaimed that Elvis would never appear on his show, but that was before he took a look at the ratings Presley had garnered for Berle and Steve Allen; ironically, only the last of these performances (January 6, 1957) was filmed from the waist up, a rather late response to the furor over Presley's gyrations
1957:
Bought Graceland mansion
1958:
Entered the Army on March 24 (serial number 53310761)
1958:
Performance in "Kid Creole" proved he had the talent to develop into a serious actor had Hollywood cast him in different vehicles
1960:
Promoted to sergeant (January 20)
1960:
Discharged from army in May
1960:
Received then-record $125,000 to appear on "Welcome Home, Elvis" presentation of "The Frank Sinatra Timex Show" (ABC); attracted 41.5 audience share
:
Left the concert stage and concentrated on film acting; by the mid-1960s was making $1 million per film plus a large percentage of the gross
1961:
"Blue Hawaii" released; became the top-grossing film of Elvis' career
1965:
Donated $50,000 to Motion Picture Relief Fund, the largest single donation to that time
1965:
Participated in informal jam session with the Beatles at his California home (August 27)
1967:
Married Priscilla Beaulieu (May 1)
1968:
Hosted first TV special, "Elvis" (NBC), which later came to be known as the "'68 Comeback Special"
1969:
Last fiction film as star, "Change of Habit"; 31st movie
1969:
Performed live, for the first time in seven-and-a-half years, at the International Hotel in Las Vegas; month of appearances began on July 26; fee for the four weeks was in excess of $1 million
1969:
Had first Number 1 hit in seven-and-a-half years with "Suspicious Minds"
1970:
First on-tour documentary released, "Elvis: That's the Way It Is"
1970:
Named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the Jaycees
1970:
Visited with President Richard Nixon at the White House in December; appointed as a DEA agent by the president; meeting subject of now famous photograph and formed basis for 1977 Showtime movie "Elvis Meets Nixon"
1972:
Last Top 20 hit, "Burning Love" hit Number 2
1973:
NBC broadcast of "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" seen by 51 percent of audience
:
Turned down the male lead opposite Barbra Streisand in the remake of "A Star Is Born"
1977:
Last live performance in Indianapolis (June 26)
1979:
In September, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners charged Presley's private physician Dr. George Nichopoulos with "indiscriminately prescribing 5300 pills and vials for Elvis in the seven months before his death"; Nichopoulos later acquitted
1982:
Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public in the fall, claiming funds were necessary to maintain the property
1986:
Inducted posthumously into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Education

L C Humes High School: Memphis , Tennessee - 1953

Notes

"Without Elvis none of us could have made it." --quote attributed to Buddy Holly.

There have been numerous TV movies about Presley, including "Elvis" (ABC, 1979), directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell; "Elvis and Me" (ABC, 1988), a two-part adaptation of Priscilla Presley's memoir directed by Larry Peerce and starring Dale Midkiff; "Elvis & the Colonel: The Untold Story" (NBC, 1993), with Rob Youngblood; and "Elvis Meets Nixon" (Showtime, 1997), starring Rick Peters.

Among the actors who portrayed Presley in features are David Keith in "Heartbreak Hotel" (1988) and Peter Dobson in "Forrest Gump" (1994).

Actor Michael St Gerard has the distinction of playing 'The King' in two 1989 releases "Heart of Dixie" and "Great Balls of Fire" as well as in the short-lived 1990 ABC series "Elvis", which concentrated on the singer's early years.

Presley was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Debra Paget. Actor. Appeared together in "Love Me Tender"; in a 1997 interview, Paget claimed Presley wanted to marry her.
companion:
Natalie Wood. Actor. Dated briefly.
companion:
Juliet Proswe. Dancer, singer.
companion:
Anne Helm. Actor. Appeared together in "Follow That Dream".
companion:
Connie Stevens. Actor, singer.
companion:
Ann-Margaret. Singer, actor. Co-starred in "Viva Las Vegas"; together c. 1964.
companion:
Regina Carrol. Actor, TV host. Met during filming of "Viva Las Vegas".
wife:
Priscilla Presley. Actor. Married on May 1, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada; Presley filed for divorce on August 18, 1972 after she allegedly became romantically involved with karate instructor Mike Stone; divorced on October 9, 1973 (although neither reportedly signed the final decree); born on May 24, 1945; met while she was a high school student in Wiesbaden, West Germany where he was stationed in the army; spent Christmas holiday at Graceland in 1962 and moved there in early 1963 under supervision of Presley's father and stepmother, finishing high school in Memphis.
companion:
Linda Thompson. Actor, songwriter. Former Miss Tennessee; together from July 1972 until November 1976; spent 15 years as a regular on "Hee Haw"; married and divorced Olympic athlete (and sometime actor) Bruce Jenner; married to songwriter-musician David Foster.
companion:
Cybill Shepherd. Actor, model, singer.
companion:
Ginger Alden. Together from November 1976 until his death; reportedly engaged.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Gladys Love Presley. Born on April 25, 1912; died on August 14, 1958 of hepatitis.
father:
Vernon Elvis Presley. Born on April 10, 1916; died on June 26, 1979 of a heart attack.
step-mother:
Davada Stanley Presley. Married to Vernon Presley in July 1960; divorced in November 1997; following Presley's death, she and her three sons would publish "Elvis: We Love You Tender".
brother:
Jesse Garon Presley. Twin; born and died on January 8, 1935.
step-brother:
Bill Stanley. Author, screenwriter.
daughter:
Lisa Marie Presley. Singer. Born on February 1, 1968; married to bass player Danny Keough (with whom she had two children) from 1988 to 1994; married to singer Michael Jackson from May 1994 until separation on December 10, 1995; divorced.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Elvis"
"Elvis"
"Elvis, We Love You Tender"
"Elvis and Me"
"The Death of Elvis"
"The Elvis Reader"
"Elvis Is Everywhere"
"Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley"
"Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley" Dutton
"Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley" Little, Brown
"Elvis Day by Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music" Ballantine
"Infinite Elvis: An Annotated Bibliography" A Capellla Books
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