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Elvis Presley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely 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 when Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, eager to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience, saw in Presley the means to realize his ambition. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was one of the originators of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage the singer for over two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Conscripted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts, however, and, guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special that led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973, Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, seen by approximately 1.5 billion viewers. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42. Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into four music halls of fame. Description above from the Wikipedia article Elvis Presley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jan 8, 1935 In Tupelo, Mississippi, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie Joanna Lumley: Elvis and Me 2015-11-04
Known For
Poster of Elvis Presley: His Early Performances
Poster of Private Elvis
Poster of The Story of Elvis Presley
Movie Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration Dr. John Carpenter / Change of Habit (archive footage) 2015-10-13
Movie Joanna Lumley: Elvis and Me (Archive Footage) 2015-11-04
Movie Elvis: Viva Las Vegas Himself (archive footage) 2008-09-16
Movie Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert, 'Live' from Memphis Himself 2007-03-06
Movie Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley Himself (vocals, acoustic guitar) 2007-06-11
Movie Elvis: #1 Hit Performances Himself (archive footage) 2007-11-12
Movie Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers Himself 2007-10-23
Movie Elvis by the Presleys Himself (archive footage) 2005-05-13
Series How I Met Your Mother Unknown 2005-09-19
Movie Elvis: The Last 24 Hours Himself 2004-12-31
Movie Eddie Cochran & Friends: C'mon Everybody Himself 2004-01-01
Movie Elvis '68 Comeback Special Edition Elvis Presley 2004-04-17
Movie Rock 'n' Roll and the 1950's Vol. 2 Chanteur 2003-08-29
Movie The Definitive Elvis: The Memphis Years Himself (archive footage) 2002-03-31
Movie Elvis Presley: His Early Performances Himself 2002-01-01
Movie The Definitive Elvis: Elvis and the Colonel Himself (archive footage) 2002-03-31
Movie Elvis: The Definitive Collection Lui Même 2002-08-16
Movie Elvis The Great Performances Vol. 1 Center Stage Himself 2002-06-24
Movie The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years Himself (archive footage) 2002-03-31
Movie Classic Albums: Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-12
Movie One Night With You lui meme 2000-04-12
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie Private Elvis 1993-10-24
Movie Elvis Presley: Elvis in Hollywood Himself 1993-09-01
Movie La classe américaine Le Putain D'énergumène (Archive Footage) 1993-12-30
Movie Elvis: The Lost Performances Himself (archive footage) 1992-06-24
Movie The Story of Elvis Presley 1990-06-05
Movie Elvis '56 Himself (archive footage) 1988-01-15
Movie Elvis Plesley - One Night With You Singer, Player 1985-08-15
Movie Mondo Elvis Himself (archive footage) 1984-12-31
Movie When the Music's Over 1982-11-01
Movie This Is Elvis Himself (archive footage) 1981-04-04
Movie Elvis in Concert Himself (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano) 1977-10-03
Movie Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii Himself 1973-01-14
Movie Elvis on Tour 1972-01-01
Movie Elvis: That's the Way It Is Himself 1970-11-11
Movie Change of Habit Dr. John Carpenter 1969-02-02
Movie Charro! Jess Wade 1969-03-13
Movie The Trouble with Girls Walter Hale 1969-09-03
Movie Speedway Steve Grayson 1968-01-01
Movie Stay Away, Joe Joe Lightcloud 1968-03-08
Movie Elvis Presley – ‘68 Comeback Himself 1968-12-03
Movie Live a Little, Love a Little Greg Nolan 1968-10-23
Movie Clambake Scott Hayward / Tom Wilson 1967-01-01
Movie Double Trouble Guy Lambert 1967-04-05
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Ted Jackson 1967-03-22
Movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style Rick Richards 1966-06-15
Movie Frankie and Johnny Johnny 1966-01-01
Movie Spinout Mike McCoy 1966-12-14
Movie Girl Happy Rusty Wells 1965-04-14
Movie Tickle Me Lonnie Beale / Panhandle Kid 1965-06-30
Movie Harum Scarum Johnny Tyronne 1965-11-24
Movie Kissin' Cousins Josh Morgan / Jodie Tatum 1964-03-06
Movie Roustabout Charlie Rogers 1964-11-11
Movie Viva Las Vegas Lucky Jackson 1964-05-20
Movie Fun in Acapulco Mike Windgren 1963-01-01
Movie It Happened at the World's Fair Mike Edwards 1963-04-03
Movie Follow That Dream Toby Kwimper 1962-01-01
Movie Kid Galahad Walter Gulick 1962-11-29
Movie Girls! Girls! Girls! Ross Carpenter 1962-11-21
Movie Wild in the Country Glenn Tyler 1961-06-15
Movie Blue Hawaii Chad Gates 1961-11-22
Movie G.I. Blues Tulsa McLean 1960-11-23
Movie Flaming Star Pacer Burton 1960-12-20
Movie King Creole Danny Fisher 1958-07-02
Movie Loving You Jimmy Tompkins 1957-07-09
Movie Jailhouse Rock Vince Everett 1957-11-08
Movie Love Me Tender Clint Reno 1956-11-15
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20