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Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a legend in rock and roll in life. He still is the king of rock and roll even in death. He was born on January 8 1935 in Mississippi in 1948 his family moved to Memphis Tennessee, where he graduated high school from Humes High School. He was attracted to music at a young age and began his music career in 1954 with Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955 his recording contract was bought by RCA Victor. By 1956 he was an international sensation. He starred in 33 films and did hundreds of shows and specials. This success would eventually lead him to an early death. Most telling of all, Elvis was the most popular entertainer in the world, a figure of constant attention who came off as the boy next door while his life grew increasingly bizarre. He was fascinated by guns, and in his last years rarely went anywhere without carrying one. He became a nocturnal creature who would rent an amusement park outside Memphis so he could ride the roller coaster at night -- alone except for his entourage. He covered hotel-room windows with aluminum foil to keep daylight out. His appetite for food and dependence on drugs like uppers and downers and painkillers was incredible. Elvis didn't play out his final years alone. There were other actors in the drama. The Colonel. His father, Vernon, and his daughter, Lisa Marie. The women -- his former wife, Priscilla, and his girlfriends Linda Thompson and Ginger Alden. His bodyguards, Red and Sonny West, and his aides, Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge. And his doctor, George Nichopoulos. But by 1974, Elvis was a very sick man. And it seemed that none of the people he gathered around him could do anything to stop him from slipping away. Elvis' health plummeted as... ... middle of paper ... ... many as ten different drugs coursing through his body, taking control of his brain, his heart. Four of the drugs were in what the medical examiner would describe as "significant amounts." These were codeine, ethinamate, methaqualone and unidentifiable barbiturates. He had also taken a number of Placidyl and Valium capsules, both tranquilizers, and unknown quantities of Demerol and Meperidine, both painkillers. Bringing the amazing total to ten were morphine and chloropheniramine, an antihistimine that by itself would make its user sleepy. Elvis sat staring at the open book in his lap, his eyes glassy, his body motionless. His chin dropped to his chest, the big body slumped imperceptibly then shifted and toppled out of the big cushiony chair, the noise of the fall muffled by the brown shag carpeting. The room was silent except for the sound of his final breath.

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  • Explains that elvis presley was a legend in rock and roll in life. he was born on january 8 1935 in mississippi and graduated high school in memphis, tennessee.
  • Explains that elvis was the most popular entertainer in the world, a figure of constant attention who came off as the boy next door while his life grew increasingly bizarre.
  • Narrates how elvis' health plummeted as his weight ballooned, and how quickly he arrived at the university of maryland.
  • Narrates how elvis was admitted to the hospital for an enlarged colon, which was confirmed years later by dr. nichopoulos.
  • Describes how elvis arrived at graceland with his father, joe esposito, linda thompson, and a few bodyguards on january 28th.
  • Explains that elvis' enlarged colon and drug detoxification were two serious problems treated during his three-week stay. hepatitis one never discussed publicly showed up in a liver biopsy.
  • Explains that the final week in elvis' life was memorable only because it was the last week. he played racquetball in the court behind his house, watched gospel shows on television, and continued to make wedding plans.
  • Analyzes how the man started a fast on august 14th to lose weight before going on tour. he didn't take any ionamin, the appetite suppressant he'd favored for so long.
  • Recounts how elvis awoke at four p.m. and played with his daughter, lisa, on the grounds. in the early evening, elvis called his dentist at home and asked if he and ginger could see him.
  • Describes how elvis arrived in his customized stutz bearcat with ginger. dr. hofman had never met ginger, so elvis introduced her.
  • Describes how elvis called dick grob, one of his security men, and handed him a list of songs he decided to add to his concert repertoire.
  • Narrates how ginger fell asleep, leaving elvis alone, reading a book on the bed beside her. he told her he couldn't sleep and was going into the bathroom to take some of his medication.
  • Explains that elvis had as many as ten different drugs coursing through his body, taking control of his brain, his heart, and morphine and chloropheniramine.
  • Describes how elvis sat staring at the open book in his lap, his chin dropped to his chest, the big body slumped imperceptibly then shifted and toppled
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