Elvis Presley

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Full Name: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American

Profession: Singer & Cultural Icon
Why Famous: Helped establish the emerging Rock and Roll sound, incorporating blues and gospel influences. Later became a movie star and a live concert artist. One of the most influential and best selling recording artists of the 20th century.

Born: January 8, 1935
Star Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

Died: August 16, 1977 (aged 42)
Cause of Death: Heart attack caused by a suspected but disputed overdose of prescription drugs

Married Life

  • 1967-05-01 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Historical Events in the Life of Elvis Presley

  • 1945-10-03 Elvis Presley's 1st public appearance at the age of 10
  • 1953-06-14 Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis Tenn
  • 1954-01-04 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
  • 1954-01-08 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
  • 1954-04-05 Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"
  • 1954-07-30 Elvis Presley joins Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71
  • 1955-03-03 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"
  • 1955-11-22 RCA Records make its best investment paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley's contract
  • 1956-01-08 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" single goes #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
  • 1956-01-27 Elvis Presley's releases the single "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • 1956-01-28 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
  • 1956-01-30 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
  • 1956-03-03 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • 1956-04-21 Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1
  • 1956-05-11 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • 1956-07-01 Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show
  • 1956-07-02 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"
  • 1956-08-04 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"
  • 1956-08-11 Elvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"
  • 1956-08-18 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1
  • 1956-08-22 Elvis Presley begins filming "The Reno Brothers" (Love Me Tender)
  • 1956-09-09 Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the 1st time
  • 1956-09-28 RCA Records reports Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records
  • 1956-10-16 "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres
  • 1956-11-15 Elvis Presley's 1st film "Love Me Tender" premieres in NYC
  • 1957-01-06 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • 1957-10-21 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens
  • 1957-12-20 Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service
  • 1958-03-24 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
  • 1960-01-14 US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant
  • 1960-03-05 Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army
  • 1960-05-12 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special
  • 1961-01-26 "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1
  • 1961-03-25 Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona
  • 1961-12-11 Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks
  • 1968-02-16 Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"
  • 1972-06-10 Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC's Madison Square Garden
  • 1973-01-14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer
  • 1977-06-26 Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career
  • 1986-01-23 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)
  • 1993-01-08 Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

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