The King of Rock & Roll: Elvis Presley

black and white photo of Elvis Presley, King of Rock

Elvis Presley was a music icon whose influence still resonates today. Born January 8, 1935, Presley captivated the world with his provocative hip-shaking dance moves, distinctive voice and charismatic persona. It was his appearance on the Ed Sullivan that started his famous career one of the most-watched television appearances of the time with 60 million viewers.

His unique blend of rockabilly, rhythm and blues, country and gospel music created a sound that captivated audiences. His striking good looks, energetic stage presence and charismatic charm made him an instant heartthrob. His versatility as an artist ranged from tender ballads to gospel songs and powerful rock anthems. According to Graceland his number one singles spent a total of 80 weeks at number one. More than 90 records reached the charts, with 40 in the top ten and 18 at number one.

His fan base spilled over to movies. Elvis appeared in 31 feature films, his first, Love Me Tender. “Jailhouse Rock,” “Follow That Dream,” “Blue Hawaii” and “Loving You” are a few of his major hits.

Presley purchased the Graceland estate, a Colonial Revival-style house in Memphis, Tennessee in 1957 and lived there until his passing in August 1977. Graceland now provides immersive tours to visitors that included an in-depth look at Elvis’ life and career highlights his roots, influences, and artistry. The entertainment complex features museums, memorabilia, restaurants, gift shops and more.

Elvis left long-lasting mark on the music industry and popular culture. He captivated audiences and paved the way for future generations of musicians. His legacy as a music icon continues, especially during Elvis week, held mid-August each year, reminding us of the enduring power of music and his status as the King of Rock and Roll.

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