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Elvis Aaron Presley,
in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley
in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin
brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an
only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948,
and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.
Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the
time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel
sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic
Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. In 1954, he began his singing career
with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording
contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation.
With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences
and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time,
he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.
He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television
appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often
record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas.
Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other
artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum
awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other
artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations
(3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences,
the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36,
and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation
for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges
his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his
country in the U.S. Army.
His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared
him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated
throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded
as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture.
Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.