Life and Career
Born in East Tupelo, Mississippi, from the couple Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith, Elvis grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He began playing guitar and playing in several events at shopping centers. While sitting in high school, he worked as a truck driver for an electrical company.
In the summer of 1953, Elvis paid $ 4 to record two songs at Sun Studios recording company as a birthday present for his mother. Sun founder Sam Phillips, was interested in her voice and called him in June 1954 to fill positions that are vacant ballad singer. Recording session, which was conducted with two local musicians, Scotty Moore and Bill Black, initially non-productive, but now is resting in a recording session on July 5, 1954, Elvis began to sing the blues song by Arthur Crudup called That's All Right. Phillips liked Elvis version and played on the radio in Memphis and soon became a hit in the area. Since then he started doing tours to various places, including outside Tennessee.
Year 1956 was the beginning of Elvis's career as a professional singer. January 27, Elvis released his first single, Heartbreak Hotel, under the label RCA Victor Records. March 23, RCA released Elvis's first album, titled: Elvis Presley.
In the same year, 16 November, the first film Elvis, Love Me Tender, was released. The film is reaping a lot of criticism, but got a very good sales figures. On the whole Elvis appeared in 31 films.
Proceeds from sales of Elvis's debut album exploded towards the end of the 1950s with hit-hits, including All Shook Up, (Let me be your) Teddy Bear and I Need Your Love Tonight. Nevertheless, many critics are not impressed. In addition, the appearance of Elvis on stage a lot of criticism, because it is considered as pornography.
In December 1957, Elvis called to join the military duty with the U.S. Army. He officially entered the Army on March 24, 1958, then stationed in Germany, and dilepastugaskan with respect two years later.
Upon returning from military service, his musical career had faded due to "harassed" other profession as an actor and the loss of her role in selecting the type of song that he played. In addition, there was music revival of Britain / UK (British Invasion: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, etc.). Elvis did comeback, which successfully through television appearance on December 3, 1968 titled '68 Comeback Special. His musical career shining again after he got a chance in this event to play in the path of least she likes, rock 'n' roll.
The following year, Elvis started live performances, which were sold in various places, starting from Las Vegas and continues other states in the United States. Between 1969 and 1977, The King of Rock 'n' Roll appearing in 1,000 events sold out.
As a result of drug addiction-medicine doctors such as sleeping pills, health and appearance has decreased by about the mid-1970s. The King appeared for the last time in a concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana June 26, 1977. On August 16, 1977, Elvis was found dead at his home in Graceland, Memphis of a heart attack. At that time he was 42 years old. cause of death is almost the same as Michael Jackson, who died of a heart attack.