Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. His parents were Vernon and Gladys Presley. His twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, died at birth, leaving Elvis an only child. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948. There, Elvis graduated from Humes High School in 1953. Elvis grew up listening to Gospel, Blues, and Jazz music. When it came to his performances, much of his songs are a result of blending these genres together. By 1954, he started his musical career with the legendary Sun Records label company. By the end of the following year, Elvis’s recording contract had been sold to RCA Victor, and in 1956, his music had become an international sensation. After performing in several TV shows, teens across the nation were captivated by Elvis’s music.
After being sent to the Army, Elvis was forced to rekindle his rock and roll career in the late ‘60s. Finally, in 1968, Elvis was once again a household name.
The ‘70s was a period where Elvis was constantly touring the country. This continued until his death in 1977. Elvis died in Graceland on August 16, 1977. He was 42 years old. There are several different explanations as to why Elvis died. Two of them are truly believable. Some believe that Elvis died due to massive drug abuse. Others believe that he died after suffering a heart attack.
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