Elvis Presley “Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.” Birth: January 8th, 1935 Death: August 16th, 1977 Elvis Aaron Presley was born in a two room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Although a twin in the womb, his brother, Jessie Garon was a stillborn, and Elvis was left to grow up an only child. Elvis spent most of his childhood in Tupelo, but moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and graduating from Humes High School in 1953. After graduating high school, Elvis singing career began in 1954 with Sun Records label. Late the next year, Elvis was sold to RCA Victor and became an interantiocal sensation. With a combination of all his musical influences, including pop, country, gospel, and R&B, his music was a whole new era in the American music world. By creating a sound that combined diverse amounts of music, Elvis blurred the racial lines of the time period. His groundbreaking singles were always brought to the top of the charts. Songs like “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and “Don’t Be Cruel”, were some of his less famous songs, but still were very popular for fans during his rein as the King. Along with his music, Elvis was also known for his advancement in movies, which he did mostly during the Sixties. Not only was he on the big screen, but he also made several debuts on the television as well. The Fifties were devoted to his rock and roll, movies in the Sixties, and the Seventies were a time for his performances. Touring constantly until his death of a heart attack in 1977 at the age of 42. Contributions to America Changed the course of American culture in terms of music Created a whole new type of music, which was enjoyed by all people Defining figure who greatly impacted society throughout the 50’s His legacy still continues, effects, and influences the music business today Was a key component in the sexual revolution of the 50’s Served in Germany with the U.S. Army Contributed greatly to the movie and television world, as well as music Influenced other musicians, like the Beatles and Bob Dylan who only wanted to be “the next Elvis” Bibliography Elvis Presley. 2011. http://www.elvis.com/about-the-king/biography_.aspx (accessed May 20th, 2011). Elvis Presley. http://www.jamescampion.com/elvis.html (accessed May 20, 2011). Elvis Presley Biography. 2010. http://rockhall.com/inductees/elvis-presley/bio/ (accessed May 20, 2011). How and why Elvis has changed us all. August 10, 1997. http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/9708/10/elvis.impact/ (accessed May 20, 2011).
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