The Legacy of Elvis Presley

explanatory Essay
2508 words
2508 words

Many of us have a dream in life to be remembered by all for something great. It’s a lofty goal that only few have, or ever will achieve. Elvis Presley was one of the few people in our American history that achieved this status. Known as “The King of Rock and Roll”, his achievements have influenced our country like none of its precedents. This paper will explain Elvis Presley’s life, his death, and his profound influence after life.

On January 8th, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, the “King of Rock and Roll” was born. His name was Elvis Presley. He was the son of Vernon Presley who was a truck driver, and his mother was Gladys, a sewing machine operator. He had a twin brother named Jesse, but he was still born, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. His father was hardly around, and he was imprisoned for three years for forgery. Surrounding him as a child though, was the gospel music of the Pentecost church, where his love for music first took roots in his heart. In the fifth grade his teacher Oletta Grimes asked Elvis to participate in the talent contest on Children’s Day at the Mississippi – Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. At age ten, he donned his cowboy hat and slipped into a cowboy suit to sing in the talent show, but he was in need of a chair in order to reach the microphone. He sang his personal rendition of Red Foley’s “Old Shep”; it won him a second prize and a free ticket for all the numerous rides in the park. His following Birthday, he received his first guitar from the Tupelo Hardware Store and took lessons from his dad’s brother. In 1948 his family picked up their life and moved to Memphis, Tennessee. It was there that he was exposed to the rhythmic sound of the blues, as well as Jazz on Beale Street, where he grew up...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains elvis presley's life, his death, and his profound influence after life.
  • Narrates how elvis presley was born on january 8, 1935 in tupelo, mississippi. his father was imprisoned for three years for forgery.
  • Narrates how elvis was cut because he wouldn't trim his side burns and ducktail. after graduating from high school in 1953, elvis chose the memphis recording studio to record his voice.
  • Narrates how elvis dazzled and emancipated the teenage audience with his historic string of hits, including "don't be cruel," "hound dog", "love me tender", and "jailhouse rock."
  • Analyzes how priscilla knew she was marrying elvis, but also his group. the couple had one child, lisa marie, who was named after her.
  • Explains that elvis was hospitalized for health problems in 1973, 1975, and 1977, which resulted in the cancellation of some shows. elvis continued to do what he's always done.
  • Explains that elvis was pronounced dead at 3:30 pm and it was estimated he died only 30 minutes after entering the bathroom at 10:00 am.
  • Explains that elvis's physician, dr. nichopoulos, claims that the real cause of death was actually his constipation.
  • Describes how elvis's music was played 24/7, and the air waves were filled with the reaction to his death. he was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame.
  • Opines that elvis is a musical inspiration for many artists whose life and death have influenced the country we are today.
  • Explains that "culture shock: flashpoints: music and dance: elvis presley."
  • Describes elvis presley's biography, the rock and roll hall of fame and museum, and its inductees.
  • Explains that elvis presley dies; rock singer was 42. the new york times, breaking news, world news & multimedia.
  • Narrates elvis death - elvis presley death and elvis' death, which took place on 16 august 1977.
  • States that elvis presley's doctor claims he died of an 'embarrassing' case of chronic constipation.
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