Elvis Presley Biography
Claim to Fame: Singer
DOB: January 8, 1935
Date of Death: August 16, 1977
Diabetes Type: unknown
Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was raised by his Christian, working-class parents who moved around quite a bit. The gospel music at his local church would prove to be a great influence on him.
Elvis got his hands on his first guitar at the age of ten and it wasn't long before he developed a keen talent for music. After he graduated high school, Elvis was discovered by Sam Phillips, the owner of the legendary Sun Records, who guided him through his first demo record and his first single "That's All Right".
Elvis's style combined a unique array of influence, from pop and country to gospel, blues, and R&B. It wasn't long before he drew in a following with his talent, provocative dancing, and good looks. He signed with RCA records, produced his first number one single and album, and made the box office hit "Love Me Tender", all in 1956. Presley's record sales continued to grow throughout the late 1950's with hits like "All Shook Up", "Teddy Bear" and "Too Much".
After a two-year stint in the Army from 1958 to 1960, Elvis recorded some of his best-selling songs, "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight." In 1968, he did his first television special that wowed audiences and really cemented his musical career.
It was in 1967 that Elvis married and the couple had a daughter, Lisa Marie. However, they divorced not long after in 1973. Elvis was also battling a prescription drug problem at the time, one that caused many health problems for him. After giving his last concert in 1977, he returned to his home in Memphis and died on August 16 at the age of 42 due to heart failure.
Elvis Presley has remained an iconic figure in the entertainment industry. He has starred in over 30 successful films, made over 500 live appearances, and sold over one billion records. He has been nominated for 14 Grammy awards, winning three. Even in death, Elvis remains as one of the most influential artists in history.
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