Elvis Presley

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"

Biography

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

Known For

TradeMarks

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

Trivia

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.

Quotes

[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.

Salaries

Love Me Tender  Love Me Tender  $ 100,000
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii  Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii  $ 450,000
Elvis: That's the Way It Is  Elvis: That's the Way It Is  $ 500,000 + 60% of profits
The Trouble with Girls  The Trouble with Girls  $ 850,000 + 50% of the profits
Live a Little, Love a Little  Live a Little, Love a Little  $ 850,000 + 50% of the profits
Speedway  Speedway  $ 850,000 + 50% of the profits
Paradise, Hawaiian Style  Paradise, Hawaiian Style  $ 225,000 + 50% of profits
Harum Scarum  Harum Scarum  $ 1,000,000
Tickle Me  Tickle Me  $ 600,000 plus $150,000 in expenses and 50% of the profits
Tickle Me  Tickle Me  $ 750,000
Girl Happy  Girl Happy  $ 500,000 + 50% of profits
Viva Las Vegas  Viva Las Vegas  $ 500,000 + 50% of profits
Fun in Acapulco  Fun in Acapulco  $ 500,000 + 50% of profits
It Happened at the World's Fair  It Happened at the World's Fair  $ 500,000 + 50% of profits
It Happened at the World's Fair  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  Follow That Dream  $ 1,000,000
Blue Hawaii  Blue Hawaii  $ 175,000
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley  Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley  $ 125,000
King Creole  King Creole  $ 250,000 +50% of profits
Jailhouse Rock  Jailhouse Rock  $ 250,000
Loving You  Loving You  $ 150,000
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Filmography

Texaco Star Theatre Texaco Star Theatre Himself-Singer(2episodes,1956)
The Ed Sullivan Show The Ed Sullivan Show Himself(6episodes,1956-1963)
Stage Show Stage Show Himself(6episodes,1956)
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show The Steve Allen Plymouth Show Himself(1episode,1956)
Love Me Tender  Love Me Tender  ClintReno
New American Bandstand 1965 New American Bandstand 1965 Himself-TelephoneInterview(1episode,1959)
Jailhouse Rock  Jailhouse Rock  VinceEverett
Loving You  Loving You  DekeRivers
King Creole  King Creole  DannyFisher
Blue Hawaii  Blue Hawaii  ChadGates
Wild in the Country  Wild in the Country  GlennTyler
Follow That Dream  Follow That Dream  TobyKwimper
Girls! Girls! Girls!  Girls! Girls! Girls!  RossCarpenter
Tickle Me  Tickle Me  LonnieBeale
Fun in Acapulco  Fun in Acapulco  MikeWindgren
It Happened at the World's Fair  It Happened at the World's Fair  MikeEdwards
Kissin' Cousins  Kissin' Cousins  JoshMorgan/JodieTatum
Viva Las Vegas  Viva Las Vegas  LuckyJackson
Girl Happy  Girl Happy  RustyWells
Harum Scarum  Harum Scarum  JohnnyTyronne
Paradise, Hawaiian Style  Paradise, Hawaiian Style  RickRichards
Frankie and Johnny  Frankie and Johnny  Johnny
Clambake  Clambake  ScottHayward/'TomWilson'
Double Trouble  Double Trouble  GuyLambert
Easy Come, Easy Go  Easy Come, Easy Go  TedJackson
Live a Little, Love a Little  Live a Little, Love a Little  GregNolan
Speedway  Speedway  SteveGrayson
Stay Away, Joe  Stay Away, Joe  JoeLightcloud
The Trouble with Girls  The Trouble with Girls  WalterHale
Change of Habit  Change of Habit  Dr.JohnCarpenter
Elvis: That's the Way It Is  Elvis: That's the Way It Is  Himself
A Good Turn Daily  A Good Turn Daily  Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)
Forrest Gump  Forrest Gump  Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)
The Last of the High Kings  The Last of the High Kings  Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style  Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style  Himself(archivefootage)
Summer of Sam  Summer of Sam  Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii  Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii  Himself
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii  Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii 
Elvis: The Complete Story  Elvis: The Complete Story  Himself(archivefootage)
100 Years at the Movies  100 Years at the Movies  Himself(archivefootage)
Century of Country Century of Country Himself(archivefootage)
Rock 'n' Roll History Video: Fabulous Fifties  Rock 'n' Roll History Video: Fabulous Fifties  (archivefootage)
Elvis in Concert  Elvis in Concert  Himself
Elvis in Concert  Elvis in Concert 
The Pied Piper of Cleveland: A Day in the Life of a Famous Disc Jockey  The Pied Piper of Cleveland: A Day in the Life of a Famous Disc Jockey  Himself
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis  Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis  Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)
Lionpower from MGM  Lionpower from MGM  (archivefootage)(uncredited)
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come  Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come  Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis  Elvis  Himself
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies  Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies  Himself(archivefootage)
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley  Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley  Himself-Singer
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2  The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2  Himself(archivefootage)
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals  Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals  Himself(archivefootage)
America's Music: The Roots of Country America's Music: The Roots of Country Himself(1996)(archivefootage)(unknownepisodes)
America Comes to Graceland  America Comes to Graceland  Himself(archivefootage)
Hey DJ  Hey DJ  Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers  Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers  (archivefootage)
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s  Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s  Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)
Elvis Presley - Die frühen Jahre  Elvis Presley - Die frühen Jahre  Himself(archivefootage)
Bandstand Bandstand Himself-TelephoneInterview(1episode,1960)
The King and Dick  The King and Dick  Himself(archivefootage)
The Definitive Elvis: 25th Anniversary  The Definitive Elvis: 25th Anniversary  Himself(archivefootage)
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment  101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment  Himself(archivefootage)
Led Zeppelin: A Rare Alchemy Led Zeppelin: A Rare Alchemy Himself(archivefootage)
Lisa Marie Presley Lisa Marie Presley Himself(archivefootage)
100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock and Roll History 100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock and Roll History (archivefootage)
The Presleys: Rock and Roll Royalty The Presleys: Rock and Roll Royalty Himself(archivefootage)
Found Found ChadGates(archivefootage)
Lo veraniego Lo veraniego Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #11.39 Episode #11.39 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #9.51 Episode #9.51 Himself
Episode dated 13 April 2001 Episode dated 13 April 2001 Himself(archivefootage)
The Road to Rock 'n' Roll The Road to Rock 'n' Roll Himself(archivefootage)
Remembering Elvis  Remembering Elvis  Himself(archivefootage)
Episode dated 24 April 2006 Episode dated 24 April 2006 Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis: Golden Greats  Elvis: Golden Greats  Himself(archivefootage)
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll  It's Only Rock 'n' Roll  Himself(archivefootage)
When the Music's Over  When the Music's Over  (archivefootage)
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 I Love the '70s: Volume 2 Himself(archivefootage)(unknownepisodes)
Waiting for Hockney  Waiting for Hockney  Himself(archivefootage)
CMT: The Greatest - 40 Greatest Albums  CMT: The Greatest - 40 Greatest Albums  Himself(archivefootage)
He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley  He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley  Himself(archivefootage)
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 1  Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 1  Himself(archivefootage)
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969  The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969  Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis: Behind the Image - Volume 2  Elvis: Behind the Image - Volume 2  Himself(archivefootage)
Impact: Songs That Changed the World Impact: Songs That Changed the World Himself(archivefootage)(unknownepisodes)
Greatest Songs of All Time Greatest Songs of All Time Himself(archivefootage)
Rock and Roll: The Early Days  Rock and Roll: The Early Days  Himself(archivefootage)
Hollywood Rocks 'N' Rolls in the 50's  Hollywood Rocks 'N' Rolls in the 50's  Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis Presley: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3  Elvis Presley: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3  Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis, the Colonel & Me  Elvis, the Colonel & Me  Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert, 'Live' from Memphis  Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert, 'Live' from Memphis  Himself(archivefootage)
Idol Gives Back: Part Two Idol Gives Back: Part Two Himself(archivefootage)
Frank Sinatra: The Voice of the Century Frank Sinatra: The Voice of the Century Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis: Broadcasting Live  Elvis: Broadcasting Live  Himself(archivefootage)
Tradition: 1957-1979 Tradition: 1957-1979 Himself(archivefootage)
Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday  Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday  Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Himself(archivefootage)
Bruce on Vegas  Bruce on Vegas  Himself(archivefootage)
Elvis: #1 Hit Performances  Elvis: #1 Hit Performances  Himself(archivefootage)
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Web and News

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