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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on the 8th January, 1935. His star sign is Capricorn. Elvis died young at the age of 42 on the 16th August, 1977, at Graceland from a drug overdose.

He was born to Vernon Elvis and Gladys Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi, United States. His identical twin born brother was delivered stillborn just 35 minutes previously. His name was Jesse Garron.

Elvis’ early life was difficult, with education taking a second place to working to help the family.

His first public performance, singing ‘Old Shep’, was at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show on October 3, 1945.

In 1946, he is given a guitar and received basic lessons from the pastor at the family’s church and his uncles.

He found inspiration from country singers like Jake Hess, Ted Daffan and Ernest Tubb.

During the late 1940’s, when he was just 12, Elvis had two performances on a radio show on Tupelo’s WELO.

By the time he graduated from high school in 1953 Elvis had chosen music as a career.

Over his career it is believed he sold over a billion records. A few of his most memorable songs are Jailhouse Rock, My Baby Left Me, Blue Christmas and Hound Dog.

Movies he starred in include Blue Hawaii, King Creole, Love Me Tenderand Wild in the Country. In total he performed in 31 feature movies.

During his career he received 14 Grammy nominations. He won three times. These were for the album How Great Thou Art (1967), the album He Touched Me (1972) and his live Memphis concert recording of the song How Great Thou Art.

Elvis married Priscilla Beaulie on the 1st May, 1967, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. The couple had a daughter, Lisa Marie, on the 1st February, 1968.

Sadly, Elvis and Priscilla were divorced in January 1973. His drug addiction worsened after the divorce until his death in 1977.