Elvis Presley was an American singer, musician and actor who became one of the biggest cultural icons of the 20th century. His unprecedented success in the music industry and unique style earned him the nickname "The King of Rock and Roll".

Early Life

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was the only child of Gladys Love Presley and Vernon Elvis Presley. He grew up with a low-income family and his parents struggled to make ends meet.

Rise to Fame

In 1954, Elvis recorded his first single "That's All Right" which led to several television performances including The Milton Berle Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. His signature hip-swiveling dance moves combined with his powerful voice created waves among teenage audiences who would come to be known as "Elvis' Army."

Music Career

During his career, Elvis released over 600 songs ranging from rock and roll to ballads. Some of his most popular songs include "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "Jailhouse Rock," "Suspicious Minds," and many more.

Acting Career

Elvis made more than 30 movies during his acting career including Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, Blue Hawaii and GI Blues.

Personal Life

Despite being married once before he became famous, it was really Elvis' relationship with Priscilla Beaulieu that captured public attention. They met in Germany when she was just 14 years old while he was serving in the military. They married seven years later but ultimately divorced.


Even after his death on August 16th, 1977 at age 42 due to a heart attack caused by drug overdose; millions of fans still celebrate all things Elvis.

From Graceland (his estate turned museum), tribute concerts and impersonators; Elvis continues to be an enduring symbol of American music.