Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In September 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes H...
Born on January 08, 1935
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA
Height 1.82m / 5' 12"
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In September 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. In 1953, he attended the senior prom with the current girl he was courting, Regis Wilson. After graduating from high school in Memphis, Elvis took odd jobs working as a movie theater usher and a truck driver for Crown Electric Company. He began singing locally as "The Hillbilly Cat", then signed with a local recording company, and then with RCA in 1955.Elvis did much to establish early rock and roll music. He began his career as a performer of rockabilly, an up-tempo fusion of country music and rhythm and blues, with a strong backbeat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing 'black' and 'white' sounds, made him popular - and controversial - as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog" later embodying the style. Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop music. Teenage girls became hysterical over his blatantly sexual gyrations, particularly the one that got him nicknamed "Elvis the Pelvis" (television cameras were not permitted to film below his waist).In 1956, following his six television appearances on The Dorsey Brothers' "Stage Show", Elvis was cast in his first acting role, in a supporting part in Love Me Tender (1956), the first of 33 movies he starred in.In 1958, Elvis was drafted into the military, and relocated to Bad Nauheim, Germany. There he met and fell in love with 14-year old army damsel Priscilla Ann Wagner (Priscilla Presley), whom he would eventually marry after an eight-year courtship, and with whom he had his only child, Lisa Marie Presley. Elvis' military service and the "British Invasion" of the 1960s reduced his concerts, though not his movie/recording income.Through the 1960s, Elvis settled in Hollywood, where he starred in the majority of his thirty-three movies, mainly musicals, acting alongside some of the most well known actors in Hollywood. Critics panned most of his films, but they did very well at the box office, earning upwards of $150 million total. His last fiction film, Change of Habit (1969), deals with several social issues; romance within the clergy, an autistic child, almost unheard of in 1969, rape, and mob violence. It has recently received critical acclaim.Elvis made a comeback in the 1970s with live concert appearances starting in early 1970 in Las Vegas with over 57 sold-out shows. He toured throughout the United States, appearing on-stage in over 500 live appearances, many of them sold out shows. His marriage ended in divorce, and the stress of constantly traveling as well as his increasing weight gain and dependence upon stimulants and depressants took their toll.Elvis Presley died at age 42 on August 16, 1977 at his mansion in Graceland, near Memphis, shocking his fans worldwide. At the time of his death, he had sold more than 600 million singles and albums. Since his death, Graceland has become a shrine for millions of followers worldwide. Elvis impersonators and purported sightings have become stock subjects for humorists. To date, Elvis Presley is the only performer to have been inducted into three separate music 'Halls of Fame'. Throughout his career, he set records for concert attendance, television ratings and recordings sales, and remains one of the best-selling and most influential artists in the history of popular music.Read More
The famous left-sided grin
Known to friends and fans for his extremely kind-hearted and generous personality
Black hair often greased back
Deep husky voice with southern accent
Two trademark phrases were "Thank ya!" and "Thank ya' very much!"
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches (with bacon)
Onstage karate moves
White sequined jumpsuits with rhinestones
Longer and slightly deeper sideburns
His movements, with his pelvis, that gave him the nickname, "Elvis, the pelvis", which he strongly disliked
The home address of Vernon Presley and Gladys Presley, as they became parents, on Tuesday, January 8, 1935, was 306 Old Saltillo Road, East Tupelo, Mississippi (there was no ZIP code, as they weren't created until the (1960s). His twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, died at birth. Elvis was successfully delivered, approximately 35 minutes later.
His autopsy detected ten different drugs in his bloodstream.
Interred at Graceland Estate, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Father of Lisa Marie Presley (birthdate, Thursday, February 1st, 1968).
Has more multi-platinum album sales than any other performer, with 12 albums selling over two million copies.
Owned a pet chimpanzee called "Scatter".
Was originally considered for the Kris Kristofferson role in A Star Is Born (1976), but Elvis turned it down because his manager, Tom Parker, refused him permission to act in a movie where he wouldn't have top billing. Also, he didn't like the fact that the producer, Jon Peters, was completely unknown.
His hair color was blonde until his early teens. As he got older his hair became darker. By the time he had his hair cut for the army at age 22 its natural color was dark chestnut (according to Charlie Hodge, who served with him in the army).
Won three Grammy Awards, all for his gospel music.
Earned a black belt in karate in 1960.
[asked who he sounded like] I don't sound like nobody.
The image is one thing and the human being is another, it's very hard to live up to an image.
My daddy had seen a lot of people who played guitars and stuff and didn't work, so he said, "You should make up your mind either about being an electrician or playing a guitar, and I never saw a guitar player that was worth a damn".
[on performing] It's like a surge of electricity going through you. It's almost like making love, but it's even stronger than that . . . sometimes I think my heart is going to explode.
I just fell into it, really. My daddy and I were laughing about it the other day. He looked at me and said, "What happened, El? The last thing I remember is I was working in a can factory and you were driving a truck". We all feel the same way about it. Still, it just caught us up.
There's been a big change in the music field in the last 10 or 12 years. I think everything has improved--the sounds have improved, the musicians have improved, the engineers have definitely improved. I like a lot of the new groups, y'know, The Beatles and The Byrds and the . . . whoever, but I really like a lot of the new music, but a lot of it is basically, our music is basically, rock 'n roll music is basically gospel or rhythm and blues. People have been adding to it, adding instruments to it, experimenting with it.
[his acceptance speech from the 1970 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation Awards] When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times . . . I learned very early in life that "Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain't got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend - without a song". So I keep singing a song. Goodnight. Thank you.
Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do 'em all together, I guess.
I don't like being called Elvis The Pelvis. That's gotta be one of the most childish expressions I've ever heard coming from an adult.
[asked what kind of music he sings] I sing all kinds.
|Love Me Tender||$ 100,000|
|Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii||$ 450,000|
|Elvis: That's the Way It Is||$ 500,000 + 60% of profits|
|The Trouble with Girls||$ 850,000 + 50% of the profits|
|Live a Little, Love a Little||$ 850,000 + 50% of the profits|
|Speedway||$ 850,000 + 50% of the profits|
|Paradise, Hawaiian Style||$ 225,000 + 50% of profits|
|Harum Scarum||$ 1,000,000|
|Tickle Me||$ 600,000 plus $150,000 in expenses and 50% of the profits|
|Tickle Me||$ 750,000|
|Girl Happy||$ 500,000 + 50% of profits|
|Viva Las Vegas||$ 500,000 + 50% of profits|
|Fun in Acapulco||$ 500,000 + 50% of profits|
|It Happened at the World's Fair||$ 500,000 + 50% of profits|
|It Happened at the World's Fair||$ 400,000 + $75,000 for expenses, $25,000 musical expenses and 50% of the profits after the first $500,000 ...|
|Follow That Dream||$ 1,000,000|
|Blue Hawaii||$ 175,000|
|Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley||$ 125,000|
|King Creole||$ 250,000 +50% of profits|
|Jailhouse Rock||$ 250,000|
|Loving You||$ 150,000|
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