Elvis Presley (Elvis Aaron Presley) was a pioneer in rock and roll music, and even after eight decades of his life, the singer has still remained an immortal figure in the musical world. The singer has an iconic history in Hollywood. He is one of the legendary singers who is known for revolutionizing the music industry and introducing rock 'n' roll to the world throughout 1950. In addition, he introduced blues and country music in his albums, and he has been the discovery of American record producer, Sam Phillips.
Although he died at a young age of 42, as a rich and successful man, he came from humble beginnings. Elvis truly revolutionized the music industry in the 20th century. By the mid -1950s, Elvis became Rock’s first superstar with two musical albums, “That’s All Right”, and “Baby Let’s Play House”, which he recorded for Sun Records under musical guidance of Sam Phillips. But it was in November 1955 when Phillips has to sell Presley's contracts to another musical company, RCA, and he gave his first single musical album to the musical world. His debut single album with RCA was ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, which was number 1 on the chart, Billboard Top 100. While RCA acquired his contract for singing, Colonel Tom Parker remained an honest aide of Presley to manage the contract for the singer for two decades.
Not many know that Elvis used to move on the road as a singer without a cowboy shirt even. He was the most popular among girls, who would even chase him off the stage. That was Elvis’ popularity as a singer. Elvis never compromised on art and quality of music. It is said he acknowledged Sam Philips as his true inspiration, and although Elvis joined RCA, he followed all the techniques which Phillips had taught him. After the success of his musical album, 'Heartbreak Hotel’, Elvis’ appearance in TV, films and radio gained huge demand. In 1956, he made his debut in the movie, ‘Love Me Tender’, which was a huge commercial success. Presley had initial interest in becoming a renowned actor, but with his musical success, he was able to achieve his other dream as well. It is also said that Presley played a historical figure in this film.
In 1958, the singer again appeared in another movie, 'King Creole', along with actress
. The soundtrack of the song, "Hard Headed Woman", remained number one in Billboard pop singles and it fetched him the gold certificate from the music company. Due to his popularity as a singer, he was even inducted into the army, and he took some formal training, But soon his mother, Gladys, passed away, and Elvis felt devastated. Now, he came across a girlfriend, Priscilla Beaulieu. In 1960, he retired from the army and came back to his singing career. Soon, Presley had ten top 40 hits and had even concentrated in a
In 1962, Presley became a sex symbol by appearing in the American musical comedy film, ‘’Girls! Girls! Girls!’ which still remains the top grossing movie of 1962. The number, ‘Return to Singer’, remained number one on billboard’s chart. In 1964, he again appareled in another American musical film, 'Viva Las Vegas’, opposite actress Ann-Margret. It was a hit movie in the theaters and the music of the movie, especially numbers such as "If You Think I Don't Need You", and "I Need Somebody to Lean On”, became chartbusters.
Despite huge success in both his music and acting careers, he never toured in the United States, hence he decided to make an appearance on TV. The show was titled 'Elvis' (also known as 68 Comeback Special),which was telecast in 1968. After Presley’s divorce, he took a plunge to drugs. which ruined his career. He passed away on August 16, 1977, when he was just 42 years old. He left a great void in the musical scene.
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One of the most renounced musicians in the scintillating world of music, Elvis Presley was a man of utmost calibre and immaculate potential who has had a tantalising journey throughout his musical career. It is he himself who needs to be credited for all his flourished endeavors. He was born on January 8th, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, US. His genres for music comprised of Rock and Roll, Pop, Country, Blues, Gospel, Soul, and Rhythm and Blues. He was an enthusiast of guitars, vocals and pianos.
The titles used to address him are - American Musician and Actor. He has been entitled as the most significant cultural icon of his times often referred to as “The king of rock and roll’’. His music career kick-started in 1954, when he collaborated with producer Sam Phillips, guitarist Scotty Moore, and bassist Bill Black at Sun Records. His first RCA Single was “Heartbreak Hotel” and it got propagated to become number 1 hit in the USA. His debut film was in 1956- Love me tender.
In 1958, he drafted into military service but resumed recording after 2 years. Much of his 1960’s was dedicated to the extravagant floors of films and music. In 1973, he bore his first globally broadcasted concert via satellite – Aloha from Hawaii. In 1968, after his transient absence from live performances he returned to the stage television comeback – Elvis. His mammoth achievements in his litter of successes deserve an uproarious round of cheer to all the commemorations we still have today to rejoice his musical adventure. His success package is the triumphant owner of 600 million hits, 3 Grammys, and 1 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the mere age of 36.
The astonishing factor amidst the entire hustle bustle due to his shining talent is that he never received formal music training. He leaned everything about music by himself. He used to visit record stores frequently with jukeboxes and listening booths. His favourite country singers were Roy Acuff, Earnest Tubb, Ted Daffan and the list multiplies. He also used to attend monthly all-night singing regularly at downtown.
These are just few of his many acquirements that he received in all the years he devoted himself to music, for the love of music that thrived within his heart and had been an inspiration all his life to carve a career out of the world of music. He had a record of 7 years of drug abuse and his failing health soon marked his death on August 16th, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The world lost one of the most gifted musicians on this day.