Elvis Presley Was The King Of Rock

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Elvis Presley is known as the King of rock. He was a very big rock star from the start of the 1950’s. Elvis Presley was born in January 8th of 1935 in East Tupelo Mississippi. Elvis Presley parents were named Gladys and Vernon; mom was a sewing machine operator and his dad was a truck driver. Elvis Presley was the only child. His parents were going to have twins but sadly they were both stillborn. During Elvis childhood his father was arrested for writing bad checks; he was sentenced to three years of prison but luckily he only served a year in prison. “Presley grew up as a member of the Assembly of God, a denomination that emphasized personal religious experiences. Music and singing were essential means of creating ecstatic moments of transcendence:…show more content…
He was singing ‘That’s All Right, and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” The reason he was noticed was because he put his own twist to these two songs. Sam Phillips signed Elvis. Elvis first hit song was “That’s All Right Mama. After that Elvis and his band started touring and was very successful. Elvis was gaining popularity, he signed with a producer by the name of Tom Parker. Later Philips sold Elvis contract to RCA Records. Elvis Presley first single was “Heartbreak Hotel”, which hit number one on both pop and country and western charts in the early 1956 and rose as high as number five on the rhythm and blue charts. Presley then gained more fame by playing on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956. In August he began filming his first movie, Love Me Tender, which was released three months later and recouped its $1 million cost in three days. Elvis’ hit singles that year were all certified gold; they included “Heartbreak Hotel, “I Was the One”, “Blue Suede Shoes” , “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” , “Don’t Be Cruel” b/w “Hound Dog”,“ My Baby Left Me”, “Love Me Tender”, “Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be)”, “Love Me”, and “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold”. (Simon, after this Elvis career started to slow down, he gain weight and became less attractive. (Covach & Flory, 2015, p.…show more content…
Presley released a series of top singles, including “In the Ghetto” (Number Three, 1969), “Suspicious Minds” (Number One, 1969 — his first chart-topper in over seven years), “Don’t Cry Daddy” (Number Six, 1969), and “The Wonder of You” (Number Nine, 1970). He toured the country annually, selling out showrooms, auditoriums, and arenas, frequently breaking box-office records. Until his death, he performed a total of nearly 1,100 concerts. There were two on-tour documentaries released, Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970) and Elvis on Tour (1972), the latter of which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary. He filed a divorce with his wife and got addicted to prescription drugs. He also never drink and later said he gave up his drug addiction. Elvis was a very interesting person, he served in the Army during his career. He bought a mansion and named it Grace Land. Elvis did not write any of his songs and his true hair color is brown. He also met President John Nixon in the White House. On August 16, 1976 Presley was discovered by girlfriend Ginger Alden dead in his bathroom at Graceland. His cause of death was to congestive heart failure, later investigation revealed evidence that drug abuse may have been at least part of the cause of death. (Shruster, & Mark Kemp,
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