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Elvis Presley

Singer + Song Producer and Actor; "the King of Rock'n'roll"
Male
Born Jan 8, 1935
Hometown Tupelo
Died Aug 16, 1977
Death Place Memphis, Tennessee
Religion Pentecostal
Height 6' 1" (185 cm)
Nationality American

Elvis Aaron Presley was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1935 Birth Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, the son of Gladys Love (née Smith; April 25, 1912 – August 14, 1958) and Vernon Elvis Presley (April 10, 1916 – June 26, 1979), in the two-room shotgun house built by Vernon's father in preparation for the child's birth. … Read More
1936 1 Year Old The Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak. … Read More
1941 6 Years Old In September 1941, Presley entered first grade at East Tupelo Consolidated, where his instructors regarded him as "average". … Read More
1945 10 Years Old The contest, held at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show on October 3, 1945, was his first public performance: dressed as a cowboy, the ten-year-old Presley stood on a chair to reach the microphone and sang "Old Shep". … Read More

TEENAGE

1946 11 Years Old Entering a new school, Milam, for sixth grade in September 1946, Presley was regarded as a loner. … Read More
1950 15 Years Old In 1950, he began practicing guitar regularly under the tutelage of Jesse Lee Denson, a neighbor two-and-a-half years his senior. … Read More
Overcoming his reticence about performing outside the Lauderdale Courts, he competed in Humes's Annual "Minstrel" show in April 1953. … Read More
1954 19 Years Old In January 1954, Presley cut a second acetate at Sun Records—"I'll Never Stand In Your Way" and "It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You"—but again nothing came of it. … Read More

TWENTIES

1955 20 Years Old 1 More Event
By early 1955, Presley's regular Hayride appearances, constant touring, and well-received record releases had made him a regional star, from Tennessee to West Texas. … Read More
On January 10, 1956, Presley made his first recordings for RCA in Nashville. … Read More
1957 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Presley made his third and final Ed Sullivan Show appearance on January 6, 1957—on this occasion indeed shot only down to the waist. … Read More
1958 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Between his induction and discharge, Presley had ten top 40 hits, including "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck", the best-selling "Hard Headed Woman", and "One Night" in 1958, and "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" and the number one "A Big Hunk o' Love" in 1959. … Read More

THIRTIES

1966 31 Years Old Shortly before Christmas 1966, more than seven years since they first met, Presley proposed to Priscilla Beaulieu. They were married on May 1, 1967, in a brief ceremony in their suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. … Read More
1967 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Of the eight Presley singles released between January 1967 and May 1968, only two charted in the top 40, and none higher than number 28. … Read More
1969 34 Years Old Buoyed by the experience of the Comeback Special, Presley engaged in a prolific series of recording sessions at American Sound Studio, which led to the acclaimed From Elvis in Memphis. Released in June 1969, it was his first secular, non-soundtrack album from a dedicated period in the studio in eight years.
1970 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Presley returned to the International early in 1970 for the first of the year's two month-long engagements, performing two shows a night. … Read More
The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce named Presley one of its annual Ten Most Outstanding Young Men of the Nation on January 16, 1971. … Read More
1972 37 Years Old The Presleys separated on February 23, 1972, after Priscilla disclosed her relationship with Mike Stone, a karate instructor Presley had recommended to her. … Read More
In January 1973, Presley performed two benefit concerts for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in connection with a groundbreaking TV special, Aloha from Hawaii. … Read More
1974 39 Years Old Eight studio singles from this period released during his lifetime were top ten hits on one or both charts, four in 1974 alone. "My Boy" was a number one adult contemporary hit in 1975, and "Moody Blue" topped the country chart and reached the second spot on the adult contemporary chart in 1976. … Read More

FORTIES

1975 40 Years Old Recorded on March 20, it included a version of "How Great Thou Art" that would win Presley his third and final competitive Grammy Award. (All three of his competitive Grammy wins—out of 14 total nominations—were for gospel recordings.) Presley returned to the studio in Hollywood in March 1975, but Parker's attempts to arrange another session toward the end of the year were unsuccessful. … Read More
1976 41 Years Old On July 13, 1976, Vernon Presley—who had become deeply involved in his son's financial affairs—fired "Memphis Mafia" bodyguards Red West (Presley's friend since the 1950s), Sonny West, and David Hebler, citing the need to "cut back on expenses". … Read More
Journalist Tony Scherman writes that by early 1977, "Presley had become a grotesque caricature of his sleek, energetic former self. … Read More
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