Elvis Presley is a singer and actor of the United States (US) which is recognized as one of the world’s influential icons of the 20th century.
His expertise in singing the genre of Rock during the mid-1950 until his death earned him the nickname King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Not only Rock, but Elvis is also known to be reliable in bringing pop, country, blues, and gospel genres. Throughout his career, he won three Grammy Awards. Reporting from various sources, the following is a biography of Elvis Presley.
On January 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. And also his brother Jesse Garon Presley who was born 35 minutes before Elvis was born. They were both born from the womb of Gladys Love Presley at the shotgun house built by his father, Vernon Elvis Presley. Since childhood, Elvis and his family attended services at the Pentecostal Church, Assembly of God, where Elvis would find musical inspiration.
September 1941, he started school at East Tupelo Consolidated where he was called an ordinary student. However, Elvis’s teacher then told him to enter a singing contest after being impressed by Elvis’s performance of the country song Old Shep during morning prayer.
The competition held on October 3, 1945, at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, became his first public appearance. Elvis, ten years old, dressed in cowboy, and immediately took a chair to help him reach the microphone. The contest ended with him finishing in the fifth position. A few months later, he got a guitar as his birthday present. Something he did not expect. Because at that time he hoped to get a bicycle or shotgun. However, he eventually studied guitar under the guidance of two uncles and priests at his church.
In September 1946, Elvis entered grade 6 in Milam. At that time, he has nicknamed loner because he rarely hung out with his friends. During the lunch break, he will struggle with his guitar and sing a song. His friends had called it likes to play the song “rustic.”
At that time, the Presleys lived in an Afro-American environment. By one of his friends who is the younger brother of Mississippi Slim musician, Elvis was invited to a radio studio. Slim provides several guitar chord techniques that enrich Elvis’s abilities. At the age of 12, he is scheduled to appear in two on-air. Initially, at the first appearance, Elvis experienced stage fright. However, he managed to overcome it so that success in the second appearance.
2. A career in Music and Film
After graduating in 1953, he had a chance to try many jobs while still maintaining his dream of becoming a musician. He recorded his first demo song in the studio with the label Sun Records. The owner, Sam Phillips, decided to orbit it. After that Elvis began touring and entered the recording process with his first single, That’s All Right, born in 1954. A year later, Elvis began to gain a place in the hearts of the people thanks to his unusual musical approach, provocative hips, plus his good looks.
In the same year, he signed a contract with RCA Records, and in 1956, he spawned a successful song, Heartbreak Hotel. Also, in the same year, he launched the album Elvis Presley and signed a film contract with Paramount Pictures. After that, Elvis was everywhere. Radio, television, to the cinema. He is known as a musician and actor. He made his debut in the world of roles by spawning the film Love Me Tender which was released on November 21, 1956. To maximize the popularity that Elvis was growing, four musical films were then made. Despite the crop of criticism, the films were successful in the market.
3. Military Career and Mother’s Death
March 24, 1958, Elvis was added to the list as a soldier at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. When he got out of the bus, he was immediately greeted by photographer camera shots. Elvis announced that he would not be treated as special compared to the others. “The military can do anything for me,” he said at the time.
In early August 1958, Gladys was diagnosed with hepatitis, and her condition was very rushed. Elvis got permission to visit her mother. Elvis soon arrived in Memphis on August 12, 1958. Two days later, Gladys died of heart failure, the fact that hurt Elvis. Because he is so close to his mother. Even when he is an adult, he still likes to be spoiled with his mother.
Returning to the military, Elvis completed training and was placed in the Third Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany, on October 1, 1958. During his military career, Elvis donated his salary to charity work. He bought a television and equipment that could entertain his friends. At Friedberg, he met a 14-year-old girl named Priscilla Beaulieu. They married after dating 7.5 years.
4. Return to the World of Entertainment
Elvis returned to the US on March 2, 1960, and was with respect when holding the rank of sergeant. He continued his career in the entertainment world, and soon returned to the top thanks to the soundtrack of his film, GI Blues. His career journey became smoother after he recorded songs and acted in some films such as Blue Hawaii (1961), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), as well as Viva Las Vegas (1964). Despite sharp criticism, both the film and the soundtrack provide a large income for Elvis.
However, in the late 1960s, various films were no longer a box office. Because of this, he filmed a special television program in 1968. Often called 68 Comeback, he amazed fans with his performances that were packed with singing and playing guitar skills.
5. Divorced from Priscilla and Drug Addiction
Receiving such enormous popularity seemed to make Elvis’s private life waver. The climax is when he separates from Priscilla. After separating the house in the early 1970s, they were officially divorced in 1973, and Priscilla won custody of their daughter, Lisa Marie.
Also, Elvis is struggling with an unhealthy lifestyle. Especially the dependence on drugs and weight problems. His lifestyle made him worse when he had to be taken to the hospital because of health problems due to the influence of drugs. Although slumped, Elvis is still a popular figure. He had a concert in Indiana on June 1977 which later became his last concert.
On the night of August 16, 1977, Elvis was supposed to be prepared because he was scheduled to fly to Memphis to hold a concert. But in the afternoon, Elvis’s girlfriend, Ginger Alden, found her motionless on the bathroom floor. He was immediately rushed to the Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Elvis was pronounced dead at 15:30 local time at the age of 42 years due to heart failure, which was later known to occur due to drug dependence. Later, he buried his treasure in Graceland near the grave of his grandmother Minnie Mae Hood Presley, her father Vernon and her mother Gladys. World Figure Biography: Elvis Presley, King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Elvis Presley is a singer and actor of the United States (US) which is recognized as one of the world’s influential icons of the 20th century. His expertise in singing the genre of Rock during the mid-1950 until his death earned him the nickname King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Not only Rock, but Elvis is also known to be reliable in bringing pop, country, blues, and gospel genres. Throughout his career, he won three Grammy Awards. Reporting from various sources, the following is a biography of Elvis Presley.
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