Elvis Presley


Actor, Singer
Elvis Presley

About

Also Known As
Elvis A. Presley, Elvis Aron Presley
Birth Place
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA
Born
January 08, 1935
Died
August 16, 1977
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

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. 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 ...

Photos & Videos

Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley Publicity Stills
Viva Las Vegas - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
It Happened at the World's Fair - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Debra Paget
Companion
Actor. Appeared together in "Love Me Tender"; in a 1997 interview, Paget claimed Presley wanted to marry her.
Natalie Wood
Companion
Actor. Dated briefly.
Juliet Proswe
Companion
Dancer, singer.
Anne Helm
Companion
Actor. Appeared together in "Follow That Dream".

Bibliography

"Infinite Elvis: An Annotated Bibliography"
Mary Hancock Hines, A Capellla Books (2001)
"Elvis Day by Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music"
Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen, Ballantine (1999)
"Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley"
Peter Guralnick, Little, Brown (1998)
"Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley"
Peter Harry Brown and Pat H Broeske, Dutton (1997)

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.

Biography

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. 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 guidance of manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, the young singer exploded onto the national stage with a series of 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. 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. 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.

Born Elvis Aaron Presley on Jan. 8, 1935 in Tupelo, MS, Presley grew up an only child, his twin brother Jesse Garon having died at birth, a fact that was interpreted by mother Gladys as a divine omen foreshadowing her son's destiny. When he was three, his father Vernon served an eight-month prison term for writing bad checks, and thereafter, the senior Presley's erratic employment kept the family just above the poverty level. The Pentecostal services attended by the Presleys first exposed the young Elvis to music, and his fifth place finish at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show for a rendition of Red Foley's "Old Shep" was the first indication that singing would play a major role in his life. The family's move to Memphis, TN in 1948 soon placed him in the ideal environment to forge his distinctive style. Hanging around the city's historic Beale Street, Presley absorbed the blues and gospel music he heard at the all-night clubs and eventually bought clothes that reflected the milieu. Further influenced by his new surroundings, Presley grew out his hair in a slicked-back pompadour, presaging the rebel image he would be known for years later. While at Memphis' L.C. Humes High School, he entered a student talent show and was buoyed by the enthusiastic response his performance generated. After graduating from high school, Presley worked for a period at a local machine shop. Later that summer he stopped by Sun Studio to record a demo of two songs, which he planned to give to his mother as a belated-birthday gift. Although Sun owner Sam Phillips was not present at this first recording, the two would meet several months later when Presley returned. Although unsure of what to do with his untrained performance style, Phillips was intrigued by what he saw and heard in the young man.

In the summer of 1954, Phillips teamed the young Presley with local musicians Scotty Moore on guitar, and Bill Black on bass, for a series of recording sessions. Although he was initially unimpressed by the results, Phillips took notice when the trio spontaneously launched into an improvisational, sped-up version of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right." The song, accompanied by a rendition of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" would become the first of five singles for the Sun label. Throughout the remainder of the summer, Presley, Moore and Black toured locally throughout the South and their singles enjoyed moderate success. That fall, after a disappointing performance at the venerated Grand Ole Opry, Presley and his band mates began appearing on "The Louisiana Hayride" radio broadcasts out of Shreveport's KWKH. It was during his association with Hayride that Elvis met "Colonel" Tom Parker, a promoter and manager for country music star Hank Snow. Gradually, over the course of that year's touring schedule, Parker would become more and more involved with Elvis' career. By the summer of 1955, the crafty Colonel had signed a deal that made him Presley's sole manager - a position that, for better or worse, he would maintain until the star's death. As Presley's popularity grew, so too did the interest of major record labels in signing him. In October of that year, Parker brokered a deal that sold the singer's Sun recording contract - and the rights to the previously recorded material at Sun - to RCA Victor for an unprecedented $40,000. Of the young artists at the forefront of the new "rockabilly" wave of music, Presley was by far the most charismatic and popular.

In January of 1956, Presley recorded his first album with RCA. Among the tracks laid down during the session was the future signature hit single "Heartbreak Hotel" - which would soon become the performer's first gold record. Presley made his national TV debut on the Dorsey Brothers' "Stage Show" (CBS) on Jan. 28, 1956, followed soon by six consecutive appearances on the series. With his self-titled debut album climbing the charts, Presley undertook a two-week engagement at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas - an early engagement that was not well-received by the older, conservative crowd - prior to two appearances on "The Milton Berle Show" (NBC, 1948-1956) that summer. It was his second performance on the show, during which Presley launched into a wild pelvic gyration while performing his hit song "Hound Dog," that sparked nationwide controversy and charges of lewdness by several entertainment critics. After that great arbiter of American good taste, Ed Sullivan, vowed never to have "Elvis the Pelvis" on his show, Presley took his act to Sullivan's competition, "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC, 1956-1960). Although the singer did not appreciate being asked to sing his new hit song alongside an actual basset hound - dressed in a tuxedo, no less - Presley good-naturedly went along, and the performance drew huge ratings. By now Sullivan realized he had been scooped by Berle and Allen. In an about-face, he invited Presley to appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971) for three appearances, for which the singer received an astonishing $50,000. His first appearance on the variety show broke ratings records. When Presley returned to Tupelo to perform again at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, National Guardsmen were called in to assist with crowd control. In the fall of that year, Presley's first film "Love Me Tender" (1956) premiered, with both the movie and corresponding soundtrack becoming certifiable hits. In January 1957, he made his third and final appearance on the Sullivan show, during which he was famously filmed only from the waist up. After the performance, Sullivan gave Presley his official seal of approval when he announced on air that Elvis was "a decent, fine boy."

Elvis mania was in full bloom, not only across America, but as far abroad as the Soviet Union, where rumors began to circulate that Presley's records were being sold on the black market. His first three singles released in early 1957 all went to No. 1, as he completed filming his second feature film "Loving You" (1957), and continued to perform live for throngs of increasingly hysterical teenage girls. In the spring of that year, Presley purchased Graceland manor in Memphis, in which he and his parents would reside. His third film, "Jailhouse Rock" (1957) - featuring the iconic cellblock title song performance that would be the precursor for MTV music videos some 30 years later - went on to become an even bigger box-office success than "Loving You," with the EP for the title song also reaching No. 1 on the charts. Rioting at Presley's concerts was now commonplace, drawing the derision of such established musical luminaries as Frank Sinatra over rock-and-roll in general. Near the end of the year, he received his official draft notice from the U.S. Army; something he and his family knew had been inevitable for some time. Given a deferment before being inducted, Presley filmed and recorded the soundtrack for his fourth film, "Kid Creole" (1958), a movie that would become largely regarded as the singer's most accomplished and promising cinematic performance. In March 1958, he began basic training at Fort Hood, TX, after a much publicized induction process during which he was photographed getting his famous pompadour buzzed. Despite his fears that his time away from the entertainment industry would damage his career, Presley committed to fulfill his duty as a regular enlisted soldier, and without preferential treatment.

In August of that year, while still in basic training, Presley was dealt a devastating blow when his beloved mother, Gladys, died after a bout of acute hepatitis. In the fall he and his company set sail to Germany aboard an Army transport ship, where he was stationed for the next 18 months. During this time Presley was introduced to karate and amphetamines, both of which remained constants throughout the remainder of his life. He was also introduced to 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, the step-daughter of an Air Force Captain stationed nearby. Having planned ahead, Parker had arranged for Presley to record a number of songs before leaving for the Army, and during his stint abroad, he still managed to have a total of 10 hits in the Top Ten. In March of 1960, Sergeant Elvis Aaron Presley was formally discharged from the Army, and returned stateside to be greeted by hordes of jubilant fans. Immediately, he set about recording the homecoming album appropriately titled Elvis is Back!, which went on to spawn several hit singles, including the operatic "It's Now or Never" and the ballad "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" In May, Elvis appeared on "The Frank Sinatra Timex Special" (ABC, 1960). Known more popularly as the "Welcome Home, Elvis!" special, it was ironic, considering Sinatra's unflattering assessment of Presley and his music in the press barely two years prior. In the fall, his fifth film, "G.I. Blues" (1960), was released and performed exceptionally well at the box-office.

From early in his career, Presley had envisioned a serious pursuit of acting in films and by 1961 Parker had set in motion an assembly line of formulaic productions for Elvis to star in. Initially, the performer had pushed for more dramatic roles, with less emphasis on musical numbers. However, when the two follow-up efforts - the Don Siegel directed "Flaming Star" (1960) and "Wild in the Country" (1961), written by famed playwright Clifford Odets - failed to live up to expectations, Presley reluctantly agreed to revert to the tried-and-true recipe of exotic locales, musical interludes, and loads of pretty girls. Critically panned, the films were nonetheless profitable, and for the remainder of the decade he would churn out nearly 30 more pictures. In the early half of the 1960s, many of the films produced hit soundtrack albums, including the LP for "Blue Hawaii" (1961), which yielded the No. 2 single "Can't Help Falling in Love," a song destined to become a Presley classic. During his Hollywood sojourn, Presley enjoyed only one non-soundtrack No. 1, "Good Luck Charm" in 1962. One of the few bright spots of the movie cycle was "Viva Las Vegas" (1964), which despite the usual lackluster plot, paired Elvis with Ann-Margret - possibly the only film in which Presley's co-star exuded nearly as much charisma and sexual energy as the King himself. Such was their onscreen chemistry that rumors of an affair soon circulated, as did similar stories of Colonel Parker being unhappy with the talented starlet potentially upstaging his client. As Parker and Presley ground out movie after movie in this fashion, the singer's musical reputation was undeniably damaged, while acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, supplanted Elvis' place in the pop-culture zeitgeist.

After more than seven years of a relationship largely kept under wraps due to her young age, Presley married the now legal Priscilla Beaulieu a small ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas in May of 1967. Barely nine months later, Priscilla gave birth to their first and only child, Lisa Marie Presley. When the soundtrack for Presley's latest movie effort "Clambake" (1967) failed to climb past the 40th position on the charts, Parker set his sights on television as a means to resurrect his client's suffering musical reputation. Originally envisioned as a gimmicky Christmas special, "Elvis" (NBC, 1968) would serve as the resurrection of the rock-n-roll icon and consummate performer, and would later be popularly referred to as "The '68 Comeback Special." Clad entirely in black leather with his guitar slung across his shoulder, Presley enthralled with an energetic, yet informal jam session, surrounded by his longtime band mates. It was as if the 33-year-old musician were unleashing nearly a decade's worth of pent up artistic energy in a performance that floored audiences and critics alike. By the time Presley, in an elegant two-piece white suit, performed the inspirational ballad "If I Can Dream," he was a man reborn, both in the eyes of his fans and his own. The program went on to become NBC's highest rated of the year, and put to rest any fears that Presley's artistic prowess had lessened during Tinseltown exile. He immediately entered the American Sound Studio in Memphis and began recording. These sessions would produce such late-career hits as "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," and "Kentucky Rain."

Hungry to return to concert performances - something he had not done in years - Presley began a series of 57 performances at Las Vegas' new International Hotel in the summer of 1969. Whereas his earlier stint in Sin City had proved one of the most embarrassing of his career, his return was a triumph, breaking previous Las Vegas attendance records and spawning his first live album, Elvis in Person at the International Hotel. It was around this time that he began wearing his signature high-collared, karate uniform-inspired outfits, the precursors to the sequined, one-piece jumpsuits he would later be known for. That same year, "Change of Habit" (1969), co-starring Mary Tyler Moore, was released, marking his final appearance as an actor in a film. Presley's renewed popularity continued to grow through his concert appearances, recordings, and two documentaries, "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" (1970) and "Elvis on Tour" (1972). Unfortunately, Presley's constant touring - and rumored infidelities - took its toll on his marriage with Priscilla, and by August of 1972 the couple had filed for divorce. In January of the following year, Presley made television history with "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" (1973). A massive benefit concert for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund, it became the first program to be broadcast live via satellite around the world. When the show was aired again on NBC in April of that same year, it broke records by garnering a full 57 percent share of the American viewing audience. Although Elvis appeared to be at the top of his game, all was not well behind the scenes. After more than a decade of escalating pharmaceutical drug abuse, he was deteriorating physically as well as emotionally.

At the very pinnacle of superstardom, Presley threw himself into a hectic schedule of touring, punctuated by sporadic recording sessions in Memphis. By October 1973, Priscilla's divorce from Elvis was granted. She would later claim that once the couple consummated their relationship on their wedding night, Presley lost interest in her sexually. Regardless of their unorthodox, slightly suspect relationship, they couple remained in love with one another even post-divorce. Presley finished the year having performed in upwards of 168 live shows, and made plans to increase the number in 1974. In order to maintain the unforgiving regimen, the rock icon relied more and more on an astounding array of pharmaceuticals supplied to him by a cadre of doctors, some of whom tried, however ineffectually, to moderate his intake more than others. Twice in the previous year Presley had overdosed on barbiturates, lapsing into a coma in his hotel room for three days on the first occasion, and being admitted to a hospital in a semi-comatose condition on the second. Longtime friends - those who dared to speak out - begged him to take a break from touring and focus on his health, to no avail. The next few years saw Presley's weight balloon alarmingly as his concerts became marred by slurred lyrics, abbreviated performances, or outright cancellations. He became increasingly paranoid and spent days at a time holed up in his hotel room or in his bedroom at Graceland. Presley's distrust of those closest to him was only exacerbated after the release of the tell-all book Elvis: What Happened?. Co-written by three of his ex-bodyguards, it was the first public disclosure of Presley's abuse of prescription drugs and erratic behavior. However, despite his infrequent recording sessions and the concerns of RCA, Presley nonetheless managed to release several albums during this period, including Promised Land and Moody Blue.

In November of 1976, Presley, who had been touring almost non-stop for nearly two years, broke up with girlfriend Linda Thompson, a woman he had been with since his separation from Priscilla. Within weeks, he began dating Ginger Alden, a former beauty queen, half his age. In the spring of 1977, Presley, whose health was in a precipitous decline, was hospitalized and the remainder of a planned tour was canceled. When he returned to the stage that summer, Presley's final live performances were captured on film for a planned TV special "Elvis in Concert" (CBS, 1977). The footage revealed a shocking image of the once vibrant, quintessential showman reduced to a bloated, sweaty caricature of his former self. After a nearly two-month break, Presley prepared to go back on the road, beginning with a first appearance in Portland, ME. After spending time with family and friends on the morning of August 16, he retired to his master suite at Graceland. Hours later, Alden discovered an unconscious Presley collapsed on his bathroom floor. Attempts to revive him failed, and he was pronounced dead later that afternoon, setting off a tidal wave of disbelief and anguish from Elvis fans across the world. Two days later, Presley's funeral was held at Graceland, attracting massive media attention, and a processional of devotees numbering approximately 80,000 people. Elvis Aaron Presley was just 42 years old.

The King, however, would never truly die in the hearts of fans. Almost immediately after his death, so-called sightings of a very much alive Elvis proliferated across the globe and Presley impersonating grew into a cottage industry for devoted fans and frustrated crooners everywhere. His only child, Lisa Marie, grew up under the watchful, often intrusive, eye of the tabloid press who reported her every move. Scores of books detailing every aspect of his life have been written, accompanied by a myriad of documentaries and biopics, including "Elvis" (ABC, 1979), directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell in a convincing portrayal of Presley. Even relatively minor events in Presley's life were meticulously recreated in works such as "Elvis Meets Nixon" (Showtime, 1997), which chronicled the real-life weekend encounter between the performer and scandal-plagued former president. More pervasive was Presley's music, which continued to sell records decades after his passing, and was used in hundreds of film and television projects over the years. Notably, the George Clooney/Brad Pitt heist movie "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) made wonderful use of a remixed version of Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" - a song that had not even been a hit during the singer's lifetime. Even the horror comedy "Bubba Ho-Tep" (2002), starring Bruce Campbell as a decrepit Elvis who, along with an elderly black man claiming to be JFK (Ozzie Davis), battles a soul-devouring mummy was a bizarre homage to the King of Rock-n-Roll. Nearly 40 years after his death, the continued public fascination with Elvis Presley remained as strong as ever.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Elvis On Tour (1972)
Elvis--That's the Way It Is (1970)
Change of Habit (1969)
Dr. John Carpenter
The Trouble with Girls (1969)
Walter Hale
Charro! (1969)
Jess Wade
Speedway (1968)
Steve Grayson
Stay Away, Joe (1968)
Joe Lightcloud
Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)
Greg
Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
Ted Jackson
Clambake (1967)
Scott Heyward
Double Trouble (1967)
Guy Lambert
Spinout (1966)
Mike McCoy
Paradise--Hawaiian Style (1966)
Rick Richards
Frankie and Johnny (1966)
Johnny
Tickle Me (1965)
Lonnie Beale
Harum Scarum (1965)
Johnny Tyronne
Girl Happy (1965)
Rusty Wells
Roustabout (1964)
Charlie Rogers
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
Josh Morgan/Jodie Tatum
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Lucky Jackson
Fun in Acapulco (1963)
Mike Windgren
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
Mike Edwards
Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
Ross Carpenter
Follow That Dream (1962)
Toby Kwimper
Kid Galahad (1962)
Walter Gulick
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Chad Gates
Wild in the Country (1961)
Glenn Tyler
Flaming Star (1960)
Pacer Burton
G.I. Blues (1960)
Specialist Tulsa MacLean
King Creole (1958)
Danny Fisher
Loving You (1957)
Deke Rivers, also known as Jimmy Tompkins
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Vince Everett
Love Me Tender (1956)
Clint Reno

Music (Feature Film)

Ready or Not (2019)
Song
Rocketman (2019)
Song Performer
American Animals (2018)
Song Performer
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
Song Performer
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Song Performer
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Song
Passengers (2016)
Song Performer
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Song Performer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows (2016)
Song Performer
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Song Performer
Joy (2015)
Song Performer
Don Verdean (2015)
Song Performer
90 Minutes in Heaven (2015)
Song
Aloha (2015)
Song Performer
Devil's Due (2014)
Song
Wild (2014)
Song Performer
Wild (2014)
Song
Godzilla (2014)
Song Performer
No Strings Attached (2011)
Song Performer
Kick-Ass (2010)
Song Performer
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Song Performer
Megamind (2010)
Song Performer
Love Ranch (2010)
Song Performer
Love Ranch (2010)
Song
Killshot (2009)
Song Performer
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
Song Performer
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Song Performer
Powder Blue (2009)
Song
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Song Performer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Song Performer
The Express (2008)
Song Performer
Crazy Love (2007)
Song Performer
The Brave One (2007)
Song Performer
The Game Plan (2007)
Song Performer
Next (2007)
Song Performer
Lucky You (2007)
Song
Fred Claus (2007)
Song Performer
The Brave One (2007)
Song Performer
Happy Feet (2006)
Composer
Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights--Hollywood to the Heartland (2006)
Song Performer
Jackass: Number Two (2006)
Song Performer
Romance and Cigarettes (2005)
Song Performer
Little Manhattan (2005)
Song Performer
The Skeleton Key (2005)
Song Performer
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
Song
Shark Tale (2004)
Song Performer
New York Minute (2004)
Song Performer
Big Fish (2003)
Song
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Song Performer
Love Actually (2003)
Song
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Song Performer
Big Fish (2003)
Song Performer
The In-Laws (2003)
Song Performer
Lilo and Stitch (2002)
Song Performer
The Rookie (2002)
Song Performer
The Rookie (2002)
Song
Lilo and Stitch (2002)
Song
Cast Away (2000)
Song
Frequency (2000)
Song Performer
Cast Away (2000)
Song Performer
Sorted (2000)
Song Performer
Coyote Ugly (2000)
Song Performer
Fanny and Elvis (1999)
Song
Diamonds (1999)
Song Performer
Fanny and Elvis (1999)
Song Performer
October Sky (1999)
Song Performer
Liberty Heights (1999)
Song Performer
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Song Performer
I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
Song Performer
Pleasantville (1998)
Song Performer
Practical Magic (1998)
Song Performer
Neil Simon's Odd Couple II (1998)
Song Performer
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Song
Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis (1997)
Song Performer ("The Wonder Of You")
Men in Black (1997)
Song Performer
Fools Rush In (1997)
Song Performer
Devil's Island (1997)
Song
A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Song Performer
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Song Performer
My Fellow Americans (1996)
Song Performer
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Song
The Client (1994)
Song
Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994)
Song ("Love Is All Around")
The Dark Half (1993)
Song Performer
The Woman Who Loved Elvis (1993)
Song Performer
Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
Song Performer
The Thing Called Love (1993)
Song Performer
Robocop 3 (1993)
Song Performer
That Night (1993)
Song Performer
Dave (1993)
Song Performer
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
Song
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
Song Performer
Late for Dinner (1991)
Song Performer
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Song
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Song Performer
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Song Performer
Wild at Heart (1990)
Song
She-Devil (1989)
Song Performer
Heart of Dixie (1989)
Song Performer
Catch Me If You Can (1989)
Song Performer
Great Balls Of Fire (1989)
Song Performer
The Tall Guy (1989)
Song
Cocktail (1988)
Song
Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
Song
Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
Song Performer
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
Song Performer
Static (1986)
Song Performer
Heaven Help Us (1985)
Song Performer
Desert Hearts (1985)
Song Performer ("When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold")
Porky's Revenge (1985)
Song
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Song ("Heartbreak Hotel")
Diner (1982)
Song Performer
Out of the Blue (1982)
Song Performer ("Heartbreak Hotel" "Teddy Bear")
Diner (1982)
Song
Out of the Blue (1982)
Song
Shifshuf Naim (1981)
Songs ("Don'T Be Cruel" "All Shook Up" "Love Me Tender")
This Is Elvis (1981)
Song
This Is Elvis (1981)
Song Performer
Touched By Love (1980)
Songs ("Love Me Tender" "Don'T Be Cruel")
Elvis (1979)
Song
Hempa's Bar (1977)
Music
Fox and His Friends (1975)
Song Performer ("One Night")
Elvis On Tour (1972)
Song Performer
Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)
Music
Elvis--That's the Way It Is (1970)
Composer
The Trouble with Girls (1969)
Composer
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Composer
Love Me Tender (1956)
Composer

Cast (Special)

Elvis Lives (2002)
Performer
Elvis One Night With You (1985)
Host

Music (Special)

Elvis in Hollywood (2000)
Theme Lyrics
A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th (1998)
Song Performer
Blue Suede Shoes -- Ballet Rocks! (1998)
Song Performer ("Shake Rattle And Roll") ("Are You Lonesome Tonight?") ("In The Ghetto") ("Love Me Tender") ("Hound Dog") ("Teddy Bear") ("Blue Suede Shoes") ("Guitar Man") ("Wear My Ring Around Your Neck") ("I Want You, I Need You, I Love You") ("Hot Dog") ("Tutti Frutti") ("You'Re The Devil In Disguise") ("Steadfast, Loyal And True") ("Soldier Boy") ("Frankfurt Special") ("Wooden Heart") ("Young And Beautiful") ("Heartbreak Hotel") ("Stranger In My Own Hometown") ("Mama Liked The Roses") ("Starting Today") ("Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do!") ("Rip It Up") ("Long Tall Sally") ("Big Boss Man") ("Trouble") ("One Night") ("Jailhouse Rock")
Fox's Rock n' Roll Skating Championships (1995)
Song Performer ("Jailhouse Rock")
Fox on Ice (1994)
Song Performer
Elvis: Center Stage (1991)
Song Performer ("Blue Suede Shoes" "That'S All Right" "Love Me Tender" "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "I Want You, I Nee You, I Love You")
Elvis '56 (1987)
Song Performer ("Hound Dog" "Blue Suede Shoes" "Heartbreak Hotel" "Don'T Be Cruel" "Love Me Tender" "Ready Teddy" "Money Honey")

Music (Short)

Scorpio Rising (1963)
Song Performer

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build A Bridge (1995)
Song
Disney's DTV Valentine (1986)
Song Performer

Life Events

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

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

1953

Worked at the Precision Tool Company in Memphis

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

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)

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

1955

Made TV debut on a local version of "Hayride" in March

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

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

In March, signed management agreement with Parker, who was guaranteed 25 percent of all monies

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

Earned nickname 'Elvis the Pelvis' after second appearance on "The Milton Berle Show" (June 6)

1956

National TV debut on the Dorsey brothers' "Stage Show" (CBS on January 28), followed soon by six consecutive appearances

1956

Released first album, "Elvis Presley" (March 13)

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

Discharged from army in May

1960

Promoted to sergeant (January 20)

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

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

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

Last fiction film as star, "Change of Habit"; 31st movie

1969

Had first Number 1 hit in seven-and-a-half years with "Suspicious Minds"

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"

1970

First on-tour documentary released, "Elvis: That's the Way It Is"

1972

Last Top 20 hit, "Burning Love" hit Number 2

1973

NBC broadcast of "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" seen by 51 percent of audience

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

Photo Collections

Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley Publicity Stills
Here are several Publicity Stills taken of Elvis Presley for Jailhouse Rock (1957). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Viva Las Vegas - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.
It Happened at the World's Fair - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), starring Elvis Presley.
Girl Happy - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from MGM's Girl Happy (1965), starring Elvis Presley.
Live a Little, Love a Little - Publicity Stills
Here are several publicity stills from MGM's Live a Little, Love a Little (1968), starring Elvis Presley and Michele Carey. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Kissin' Cousins - Elvis Presley Publicity Stills
Here are some photos of Elvis Presley taken to help publicize Kissin' Cousins (1964). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Viva Las Vegas - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Speedway - Color Scene Stills
Here are some color scene stills from Speedway (1968), starring Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra.
Stay Away, Joe - Elvis Presley Publicity Stills
Here are a few close-up stills of Elvis Presley taken to help publicize Stay Away, Joe (1968).
Harum Scarum - Elvis Presley Publicity Stills
Here are some photos of Elvis Presley taken to help publicize Harum Scarum (1965). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Harum Scarum - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for Harum Scarum (1965), starring Elvis Presley.
Spinout - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from Spinout (1966), starring Elvis Presley.
Speedway - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for Speedway (1968), starring Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra.
Double Trouble - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for Double Trouble (1967), starring Elvis Presley.
Kissin' Cousins - Movie Poster
Here is an original 3-sheet movie poster from MGM's Kissin' Cousins (1964), starring Elvis Presley.
Viva Las Vegas - Movie Posters
Here are some original-release movie posters from MGM's Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.
Jailhouse Rock - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Jailhouse Rock (1957), starring Elvis Presley.
Kissin' Cousins - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from MGM's Kissin' Cousins (1964), starring Elvis Presley.
Viva Las Vegas - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from MGM's Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.
Elvis: That's the Way It Is - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from the MGM documentary Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970), featuring Elvis Presley.

Videos

Movie Clip

Viva Las Vegas (1964) - Come On Everybody! Lucky (Elvis Presley) is persuaded to perform Stanley Chianese's "Come On Everybody" for the kids, ably assisted by Rusty (Ann-Margret) in Viva Las Vegas, 1964.
Viva Las Vegas (1964) - Only Way to Travel! Local gal Rusty (Ann-Margret) and race driver Lucky (Elvis Presley), who turns out to also be helicopter pilot, take a vigorous recreational tour between musical numbers in Viva Las Vegas, 1964.
Viva Las Vegas (1964) - What'd I Say? A quick sample of "The Climb" by "The Forte` Four" leads into Lucky (Elvis Presley) and Rusty (Ann-Margret) leading their rousing version of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say?" in Viva Las Vegas, 1964.
Kissin' Cousins (1964) - There's Gold In The Mountains Happily received by the locals (Pamela Austin and Yvonne Craig as Selena and Azalea), Elvis Presley as Air Force man Josh, sent in to help arrange the purchase of property for an air base, finds a way to a song by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye in Kissin’ Cousins, 1964.
Kissin' Cousins (1964) - Tender Feeling Knocked out in earlier action, Elvis Presley as Jodie, the blonde country-cousin side of his dual characters, is found by Midge (Cynthia Pepper) and delivers a tune by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye, in the MGM/Sam Katzman musical vehicle, Kissin’ Cousins, 1964.
Kissin' Cousins (1964) - Watzamatta You? Establishing a premise, the Air Force wants to build a landing strip on a remote Tennessee mountain, and Jack Albertson as Captain Salbo is tasked with finding a native of the region within his unit to help negotiate, thus introducing the star, Elvis Presley, as Josh, part one of his dual role, in Kissin’ Cousins, 1964.
Tickle Me (1965) - We Help The Girls Get In Shape Exposition, Julie Adams as Vera has hired Elvis (as rodeo cowboy Lonnie Beale) after watching him win a bar fight, bringing him to her “Guest Ranch” where the staff includes Edward Faulkner as Brad, and Vienna-born Jocelyn Lane as fitness trainer Pam, in the Allied Artists musical Tickle Me,1965.
Tickle Me (1965) - Put The Blame On Me Fitness-camp employees Pam (Jocelyn Lane) and Lonnie (Elvis Presley) searching an old Western saloon, imagining an old-time musical number, song by Kay Twomey, Fred Wise and Norman Blagman, Edward Faulkner and Jack Mullaney their pals appearing in the fantasy, in Tickle Me, 1965.
Tickle Me (1965) - Long Lonely Highway Opening on a Greyhound in the Mojave, Elvis Presley as cowboy Lonnie with a tune by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, from Tickle Me, 1965, co-starring Julie Adams and Jocelyn Lane, in Elvis’ only picture for Allied Artists, which rescued the the studio from financial straits.
Tickle Me (1965) - Such An Easy Question Schtick with Elvis as cowboy Lonnie working at a fitness ranch for women, making eyes with fellow staffer Jocelyn Lane, Jack Mullaney his pal, the song by Otis Blackwell and Scotty Moore, a #11 Billboard hit, but like all the songs, a previously-recorded cut, selected for the movie, Tickle Me, 1965.
Roustabout (1964) - Poison Ivy League Fred "the pitcher" (Steve Brodie) introduces Charlie Rogers (Elvis Presley) to sing "Poison Ivy League" by Bill Giant, Florence Kaye and Bernie Baum for the college crowd in Roustabout, 1964.
Girl Happy (1965) - Meanest Girl In Town Cute setup then Shelley Fabares (as "Valerie") boogies with Elvis (playing "Rusty") and the band to the Joy Byers (and possibly Bob Johnston) number "Meanest Girl In Town," in Girl Happy, 1965.

Trailer

Frankie And Johnny (1966) -- (Original Trailer) Elvis Presley stars with Donna Douglas, then popular as Ellie Mae on TV’s The Beverly Hillbillies, in Frankie And Johnny, 1966, developed by producer Edward Small and writer-partner Alex Gottlieb, just barely from the often-recorded song, first published in 1904.
Elvis: That's The Way It Is -- (Original Trailer) The King of Rock 'n' Roll prepares himself for one of his biggest Vegas shows ever in Elvis--That's The Way It Is (1970).
Blue Hawaii - (Original Trailer) A playboy (Elvis Presley) returns from the Army to the shores of Blue Hawaii (1961). Co-starring Angela Lansbury.
Girls! Girls! Girls! - (Original Trailer) Elvis is back in Hawaii and Stella Stevens and Laurel Goodwin are just two of the many Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962).
G.I. Blues - (Original Trailer) Elvis returned from his Army stint with a case of the G.I. Blues (1960). Featuring the hits "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Wooden Heart".
Fun in Acapulco - (Original Trailer) The only thing stopping Elvis from having Fun In Acapulco (1963) is a fear of heights. Ursula Andress helps him cope.
Elvis On Tour - (Original Trailer) The King is back in the building as Elvis On Tour (1972) shows highlights of his April 1972 U.S. tour.
Girl Happy - (Original Trailer) A rock singer is hired to chaperone a gangster's daughter in Fort Lauderdale in Girl Happy (1965) starring Elvis Presley and Shelley Fabares.
Charro! - (Original Trailer) Elvis Presley had the last serious role of his movie career in the Western Charro! (1969).
Love Me Tender - (Original Trailer) Elvis Presley in his first movie as one of three brothers turned outlaws in Love Me Tender (1956).
Tickle Me - (Original Trailer) Elvis battles monsters in a Western ghost town in the light-hearted musical Tickle Me (1965).
Jailhouse Rock - (Original Trailer) After learning to play the guitar in prison, a young man becomes a rock 'n' roll sensation in Jailhouse Rock (1957) starring Elvis Presley and a song score including "You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care)" and "Young and Beautiful."

Family

Gladys Love Presley
Mother
Born on April 25, 1912; died on August 14, 1958 of hepatitis.
Vernon Elvis Presley
Father
Born on April 10, 1916; died on June 26, 1979 of a heart attack.
Davada Stanley Presley
Step-Mother
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".
Jesse Garon Presley
Brother
Twin; born and died on January 8, 1935.
Bill Stanley
Step-Brother
Author, screenwriter.
Lisa Marie Presley
Daughter
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.

Companions

Debra Paget
Companion
Actor. Appeared together in "Love Me Tender"; in a 1997 interview, Paget claimed Presley wanted to marry her.
Natalie Wood
Companion
Actor. Dated briefly.
Juliet Proswe
Companion
Dancer, singer.
Anne Helm
Companion
Actor. Appeared together in "Follow That Dream".
Connie Stevens
Companion
Actor, singer.
Ann-Margaret
Companion
Singer, actor. Co-starred in "Viva Las Vegas"; together c. 1964.
Regina Carrol
Companion
Actor, TV host. Met during filming of "Viva Las Vegas".
Priscilla Presley
Wife
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.
Linda Thompson
Companion
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.
Cybill Shepherd
Companion
Actor, model, singer.
Ginger Alden
Companion
Together from November 1976 until his death; reportedly engaged.

Bibliography

"Infinite Elvis: An Annotated Bibliography"
Mary Hancock Hines, A Capellla Books (2001)
"Elvis Day by Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music"
Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen, Ballantine (1999)
"Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley"
Peter Guralnick, Little, Brown (1998)
"Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley"
Peter Harry Brown and Pat H Broeske, Dutton (1997)
"Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley"
Peter Guralnick (1994)
"The Elvis Reader"
Kevin Quain; editor (1992)
"Elvis Is Everywhere"
Rowland Scherman (1992)
"Elvis and Me"
Priscilla Beaulieu Presley with Sandra Harmon (1991)
"Elvis"
Albert Goldman (1982)
"Elvis"
Dave Marsh (1982)
"Elvis, We Love You Tender"
Dee Presley
"The Death of Elvis"
Charles C Thompson II and James Cole

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.