Elvis PresleyBorn 8 January 1935. Died 16 August 1977
Elvis Presley Biography (Wikipedia)
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".
Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Presley, on rhythm acoustic guitar, and accompanied by lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, was a pioneer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. In 1955, drummer D. J. Fontana joined to complete the lineup of Presley's classic quartet and RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage him for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, he became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, made him enormously popular—and controversial.
- Priscilla Presley: "If Elvis had lived he'd have moved into gospel singing"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05nqvvk.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05nqvvk.jpg2017-11-21T10:33:00.000ZPriscilla chats to Simon Mayo about her late husband ahead of the 'Elvis Live' arena tourhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05nqvb4
Priscilla Presley: "If Elvis had lived he'd have moved into gospel singing"
- Priscilla Presley discusses Elvis on the 40th Anniversary of his deathhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05cjf4z.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05cjf4z.jpg2017-08-16T12:06:00.000ZBBC 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker speaks to Priscilla Presley in this exclusive interview.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05cjdbz
Priscilla Presley discusses Elvis on the 40th Anniversary of his death
- "He had ideas..."https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04dmc71.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04dmc71.jpg2016-10-30T16:01:00.000ZWhat exactly happened between Elvis Presley and Petula Clark...?https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04dmysj
"He had ideas..."
- Priscilla Presley: "We couldn't go anywhere... our life was behind Graceland's gates"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04c1c8p.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04c1c8p.jpg2016-10-14T16:22:00.000ZWhat was it actually like being Elvis Presley's wife -living in the eye of the hurricane? And what was it like to walk through the gates of Graceland for the first time?https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04c1cd4
Priscilla Presley: "We couldn't go anywhere... our life was behind Graceland's gates"
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