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Dubbed King of Rock, Elvis Aaron Presley was one of the greatest American culture icons of 20th century. Blessed with a versatile voice, Elvis Presley (widely known as Elvis only among his fans) was the best selling solo artist in the history of popular music whose success cut across the distinct genres of popular music including country, pop ballads, gospel and blues.
Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His father Gladys Love Presley used to work in local church while his mother Vernon Elvis was a homemaker. It was while attending to Assembly of God church during his childhood that Elvis developed taste for music.
Elvis family moved to Memphis, Tenessee when he was only 13. Elvis became a hit in his schools with his performance and was egged on by his teachers and friends to take singing as a full time career.
Climb to stardom
Elvis shot to international fame immediately after the release of his first single Heartbreak Hotel in 1956. The song topped billboard chart and the name Elvis became a household name. In the same year, he also got an opportunity to work in the film Love Me Tender.
During sixties, Elvis became a leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll as he churned out a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. Elvis, with his energized interpretations of songs and uninhibited performance style earned for himself a distinct place in the heart of millions of fans from across the world.
Some of Elvis number one ranked singles are; "I Forgot to Remember to Forget", "Heartbreak Hotel", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", "Don't Be Cruel", "Don't Be Cruel" , "Hound Dog, "Hard Headed Woman.
Elvis won numerous awards including three Grammy awards during his enviable career. He was inducted into international music hall of fame when he was 36.
Elvis was only 42 when he died on august 16, 1977. It is widely believed that it was divorce with wife in 1973 that took a toll on his life. His health deteriorated thereafter but he didnt stop performing and touring frequently and thus worsened his condition which led to his rather early departure from the world.
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