Elvis Presley was one of the most popular singers of the last century, still an icon, he is usually called the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ or even ‘the King’.
He was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935.
Been a teenager, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family. There, Elvis started to be interested in Afro-American music. In 1954, he began his career working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the Afro-American music to a wider audience.
From the beginning, he was a success singing blues and RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who went on to manage the singer for over two decades.
His first single was ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and his uninhibited performance style made him very popular and controversial. Elvis Presley started to appear on TV and in November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender.
The military service paralyzed his career but from 1960, Presley re-launched it with some of the most popular songs. Furthermore, he featured very many movies and was a star in Hollywood.
In 1968, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback TV special and in 1973, Elvis Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. No doubt, he was ‘the King’. However, drug abuse deteriorated his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42.
Elvis Presley had a versatile voice and remarkably wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop, gospel, and blues. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
A huge number of recordings have been issued under Presley name. The total number of his original master recordings has been variously calculated as 665 or 711.
A great, great artist!
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