Elvis Presley was an actor and a great musician. He rose to fame in the mid-1950s—on the silver screen, TV and radio. The singer continues to be one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll.
Who was Elvis Presley?
Elvis Presley came from very humble beginnings. Born on January 8, 1935, he grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll. In 1967, he married Priscilla Beaulieu. The couple had one daughter together, Lisa Marie. At the age of 42, he died of heart failure. Presley has remained one of the world’s most famous music icons since his death.
Early Interest in Music
Presley was raised by loving, working-class parents. His family had little money and they would frequently move from place to place. The actor was deeply devoted to his mother and was raised to have a strong faith in God. He usually attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents. It is where gospel music became an important influence for him.
At the age of 11, he received his first guitar as a gift from his mother. It was the beginning of an era. Presley had his first taste of musical success a few years later. The latter won a talent show at Humes High School in Memphis. After graduating from the university, he worked a few jobs while pursuing his musical dream.
Presley cut his first demo record at Sun Studio in 1953. The record label owner, Sam Phillips, decided to take the young performer under his wing. The musician soon began touring and recording. The objective was to catch his first big break. His first single came in 1954 and was called “That’s All Right”.
Elvis Presley began to develop a following with fans in 1955. He signed with RCA Records during that same year. It was a deal worked out by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The rising star was on a roll. He scored his first No. 1 single with “Heartbreak Hotel“. Plus, he signed a movie contract with Paramount Pictures. Even though his sexy dance moves caused an uproar, he became a popular guest on several television variety shows.
Movies & Soundtracks
In 1960, Presley left the Army to resume his career. He was soon back at the top of the charts with the music for his film GI Blues. The genius continued recording music and acting in movies like Viva Las Vegas (1964), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) and Blue Hawaii (1961).
Each of his films brought in a profit and the soundtracks usually sold well. In the 1960s, the enigmatic performer felt that he was losing his box office appeal. He wanted to prove that he was still the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Presley recorded his first TV special in 1968 and wowed audiences with his performance. This showcased his talents as a guitarist and a singer.
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