Elvis Presley

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Legal name: Elvis Aaron Presley


Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) 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 as a twinless twin, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer 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. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.

In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Forbes named Elvis Presley as the 2nd top earning dead celebrity with $55 million as of 2011.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1956 Elvis Presley 4.5 10
1956 Elvis 6
1957 Elvis’ Christmas Album 7
1959 For LP Fans Only 2
1959 A Date With Elvis 3
1960 Elvis Is Back! 9
1960 His Hand in Mine 3
1961 Something for Everybody 5
1962 Pot Luck 4
1967 How Great Thou Art 4
1969 Elvis Sings Flaming Star 2
1969 From Elvis in Memphis 5
1970 Let's Be Friends 1
1970 Elvis: That's the Way It Is 5
1970 Back in Memphis 2
1970 Please Don't Stop Loving Me 1
1971 Elvis Country: I'm 10,000 Years Old 5
1971 Love Letters From Elvis 2
1971 Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas 4
1971 C'mon Everybody 1
1971 You'll Never Walk Alone 2
1972 Elvis Now 3
1972 Burning Love and Hits From His Movies 1
1972 He Touched Me 3
1973 Raised on Rock 2
1973 Elvis (1973 album aka "The Fool") 3
1974 Good Times 3
1975 Promised Land 3
1975 Rock 'n' On, Volume 2 1
1975 Today 1
1976 Blue Christmas 4
1976 From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 2
1977 Moody Blue 5
1989 Gospel 1957-1971: Known Only to Him 2
1989 Elvis in Nashville 1
1994 Payin' The Dues (Songs & Interviews Of The Early Years) 1
1995 Live a Little, Love a Little / Charro! / The Trouble With Girls / Change of Habit 1
2001 ELVIS as Recorded at Madison Square Garden 1
2003 Elvis at the International 5 1
2004 Elvis On Tour - The Rehersals 1
2004 American Music Legends Christmas Favorites 1
2005 Hitstory 1
2006 Christmas 1
2006 Made in Memphis 1
2006 The Sun Studio Sessions 1
2008 True Love 1
2008 Christmas Duets 2
2008 His Hand in Mine 1
2008 Icons 1
2010 Viva Elvis 2

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