Elvis Presley (King of Rock and Roll)

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Legal name: Elvis Aaron Presley


Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known simply as Elvis, was an American singer, musician and actor. He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as the "King 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, led him to both great success and initial controversy.

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.

In November 1956, Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He held few concerts, however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed television comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley gave the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast around the world, Aloha from Hawaii. Years of prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate at the age of 42.

With his rise from poverty to significant fame, Presley's success seemed to epitomize the American Dream. He is the best-selling solo music artist of all time, and was commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, R&B, adult contemporary, and gospel. He won three Grammy Awards, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Presley holds several records; the most RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, the most albums charted on the Billboard 200, and the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the UK Albums Chart and the most number-one singles by any act on the UK Singles Chart. In 2018, Presley was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump.

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1956Elvis PresleyElvis Presley4.6515
1956ElvisElvis Presley410
1957Elvis’ Christmas AlbumElvis Presley4.513
1960Elvis Is Back!Elvis Presley413
1960His Hand in MineElvis Presley3.356
1961Something for EverybodyElvis Presley2.358
1962Pot LuckElvis Presley46
1964Elvis' Christmas AlbumElvis Presley1
1967How Great Thou ArtElvis Presley3.658
1969From Elvis in MemphisElvis Presley414
1970That's the Way It IsElvis Presley4.810
1970Back in MemphisElvis Presley44
1971Elvis Country: I'm 10,000 Years OldElvis Presley3.656
1971Love Letters From ElvisElvis Presley2.755
1971Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of ChristmasElvis2.358
1972Elvis NowElvis Presley2.54
1972He Touched MeElvis Presley3.655
1973Raised on RockElvis Presley33
1973Elvis (The Fool) (1973 album aka "The Fool")Elvis Presley36
1974Good TimesElvis Presley3.255
1975Promised LandElvis Presley3.654
1975TodayElvis Presley3.254
1976From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TennesseeElvis Presley2.353
1977Moody BlueElvis Presley3.56

Album + Compilation

1956Rock 'n' RollElvis Presley41
1957The Best of ElvisElvis Presley1
1958Elvis’ Golden RecordsElvis Presley47
1959For LP Fans OnlyElvis Presley55
1959A Date With ElvisElvis Presley47
195950,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 2Elvis Presley59
1963Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3Elvis Presley58
1965Elvis for EveryoneElvis Presley33
1968Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4Elvis Presley35
1969Elvis Sings Flaming StarElvis Presley2.55
1970Let's Be FriendsElvis Presley3.52
1970Almost in LoveElvis Presley33
197050 Worldwide Gold Hits, Volume 1Elvis Presley52
1970From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to MemphisElvis Presley42
1970Please Don't Stop Loving MeElvis Presley31
1971The Other Sides: Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2Elvis Presley2
1971C’mon EverybodyElvis Presley41
1971I Got LuckyElvis Presley22
1971You'll Never Walk AloneElvis Presley14
1972Burning Love and Hits From His MoviesElvis Presley31
1972Sings Hits From His MoviesElvis Presley21
1973Separate WaysElvis Presley33
1973A Portrait in MusicElvis Presley41
1973Rock 'N' On - 24 Legendary HitsElvis Presley1
1974A Legendary Performer, Volume 1Elvis Presley32
1975Rock 'n' On, Volume 2Elvis Presley31
197540 Greatest HitsElvis Presley52
1975Elvis ForeverElvis Presley1
1975Pure GoldElvis Presley51
1975Solid Rocks (C’mon Everybody / I Got Lucky)Elvis Presley1
1976A Legendary Performer, Volume 2Elvis Presley31
1976Blue ChristmasElvis Presley25
1976Disque D'or / "Pure Gold"Elvis Presley1
1976Les 40 Plus Grands Succes OriginauxElvis Presley1
1976The Sun SessionsElvis Presley4.53
1977Welcome to My WorldElvis Presley22
1977C’mon EverybodyElvis Presley21
1977Double DynamiteElvis Presley42
1978From Elvis With LoveElvis Presley1
1978He Walks Beside Me: Favorite Songs of Faith and InspirationElvis2
1979Our Memories of Elvis, Volume 2Elvis Presley31
1979The King...ElvisElvis Presley1
1980Country ClassicsElvis Presley31
1981Elvis Elvis Elvis - 100 Greatest HitsElvis Presley1
1981Guitar ManElvis Presley21
1981The History of Rock, Volume 1: Elvis PresleyElvis Presley1
1982By RequestElvis Presley1
1982Historia de la música rock - 26Elvis Presley31
1982Memories of ChristmasElvis Presley2
1983Elvis Forever: 32 HitsElvis Presley2
1983Elvis Sings Inspirational FavoritesElvis Presley1
1983The Complete Bonus SongsElvis Presley1
198432 Film-Hits Vol 1Elvis Presley1
1984Elvis, Scotty and Bill: In the BeginningElvis Presley1
1984Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 5Elvis Presley32
1984I Can HelpElvis Presley1
1984Merry ChristmasElvis Presley2
1984RockerElvis Presley2
1984Sweet SongsElvis Presley1
1984The Collection, Volume 1Elvis Presley1
1984The Collection, Volume FourElvis Presley1
1984The Collection, Volume ThreeElvis Presley1
1984The Collection, Volume TwoElvis Presley1
198532 Film-Hits Vol 2Elvis Presley2
1985A Valentine Gift for YouElvis Presley1
1985Always on My MindElvis Presley1
1985Classic Love BalladsElvis Presley2
1985It’s Christmas TimeElvis Presley11
1985Love Me TenderElvis Presley4
1985One Night With The KingElvis Presley1
1985Reconsider BabyElvis Presley2
1986Don't Be CruelElvis Presley1
1986EssentialElvis Presley1
1986Hound Dog & Other HitsElvis Presley2
1986Return of the RockerElvis Presley32
1987The Definitive Country AlbumElvis Presley31

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