Elvis Presley (“The King of Rock and Roll”)

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Legal name: Elvis Aaron Presley

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Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. 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 Victor single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. Within a year, RCA would sell ten million Presley singles. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, Presley became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll. Through his rebellious and sexually liberating performative style, as well as his promotion of the then marginalized sound of African-Americans, Presley was widely considered to be a threat to the moral well-being of the White American youth.

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 and unhealthy eating habits severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate at the age of 42.

Having sold over 500 million records worldwide, Presley is recognized as the best-selling solo music artist of all time by Guinness World Records. He was commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, R&B, adult contemporary, and gospel. Presley won three Grammy Awards, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. He holds several records, including the most RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, the most albums charted on the Billboard 200, 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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Discography

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2006TogetherElvis Presley1
2021The Best Hits: Elvis PresleyElvis Presley1
2022Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971Elvis Presley1
Elvis's Nordstrom's 2-PackElvis Presley1

Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1983Love SongsElvis Presley1
2014The Real... Elvis 60's CollectionElvis Presley1

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1956Elvis PresleyElvis Presley4.1514
1956ElvisElvis Presley410
1957Elvis’ Christmas AlbumElvis Presley4.515
1960Elvis Is Back!Elvis Presley413
1960His Hand in MineElvis Presley with The Jordanaires3.356
1961Something for EverybodyElvis Presley2.358
1962Pot LuckElvis Presley46
1965Elvis for Everyone!Elvis Presley33
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 (1973 album aka "The Fool")Elvis Presley36
1974Good TimesElvis Presley3.255
1975Promised LandElvis Presley3.654
1975TodayElvis Presley3.253
1976From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TennesseeElvis Presley2.753
1977Moody BlueElvis Presley3.56
1992Elvis PresleyElvis Presley1
2000The Jungle Room SessionsElvis Presley1
2021Las Vegas International Presents Elvis: The First Engagements 1969–70Elvis Presley1
2021Las Vegas International Presents: Elvis - September 1970Elvis Presley1
2021Elvis Back in NashvilleElvis Presley1
2022Songs from the MoviesElvis Presley1
Elvis Reborn Vol. 2: More Mono To Stereo MixesElvis Presley1
Elvis's Nordstrom's 2-Pack, Disk 2Elvis Presley1
From His Roots, The 60'sElvis Presley1
From His Roots, the 70'sElvis Presley1
The Early RecordingsElvis Presley1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
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
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 Presley42
1971I Got LuckyElvis Presley22
1971You'll Never Walk AloneElvis Presley15
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, Volume 2Elvis Presley32
1974A Legendary Performer, Volume 1Elvis Presley32
197540 Greatest HitsElvis Presley52
1975Elvis ForeverElvis Presley1
1975Pure GoldElvis Presley51
1975Solid Rocks (C’mon Everybody / I Got Lucky)Elvis Presley1
1975The Sun SessionsElvis Presley44
1976Elvis in HollywoodElvis Presley1
1976A Legendary Performer, Volume 2Elvis Presley31
1976Blue ChristmasElvis Presley26
1976Disque D'or / "Pure Gold"Elvis Presley1
1976Les 40 Plus Grands Succes OriginauxElvis Presley1
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
1979Welcome to My WorldElvis Presley23
1980Country ClassicsElvis Presley31
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’ Gold Records, Volume 5Elvis Presley32
1984Elvis, Scotty and Bill: In the BeginningElvis Presley1
1984I Can HelpElvis Presley1
1984Merry ChristmasElvis Presley2
1984RockerElvis Presley2
1984Sweet SongsElvis Presley1
1984The Collection, Volume 1Elvis Presley1
1984The Collection, Volume TwoElvis Presley1

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