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The Life of Elvis Presley


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Title: The Life of Elvis Presley

The Life of Elvis Presley
The very early years of Elvis
  • Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8th, 1935
    in in Tupelo, Mississippi.
  • Father was Vernon Presley and mother Gladys Love
    Smith Presley
  • Elvis was supposed to have a twin brother, but
    Jesse Garon Presley, was stillborn, leaving him
    to grow up as an only child.

The very early years of Elvis
  • In 1941 Presley started school at the East Tupelo
    Consolidated Elementary School. There he was an
    outsider, he didnt have many friends and he was
    very shy.
  • As a boy, Elvis enjoyed going off to town on
    Saturday afternoons to listen to local musicians,
    attend radio shows or hang out at theaters.
  • In January 1945 his mother took him shopping for
    a birthday present at Tupelo Hardware. There she
    bought him his first guitar which was on sale for

Early years cont
  • Even at an early age, he was very much influenced
    by the Memphis blues music and the gospel music
    sung at his church. In the late 40s Elvis and
    his family moved to Memphis, which would remain
    his home until death.
  • In 1953 he graduated from Humes High School,
    majoring in History, English, and Shop.
  • On July 18, 1953 Elvis paid 3.25 to record the
    first of two double-sided demo acetates at Sun
    Studios on 706 Union Avenue, in Memphis,

Elviss Fame
  • By the spring of 1956, Presley was fast becoming
    a national phenomenon.
  • Teenagers came to his concerts in unprecedented
  • Most of his concerts were sold out, and young
    girls were hospitalized from fainting when they
    saw him.
  • Presley sang both hard driving rockabilly, rock
    and roll, dance songs, and ballads, laying a
    commercial foundation upon which other rock
    musicians would build their careers.

Elviss Hit Songs Of The 50s
  • Heartbreak Hotel
  • Hound Dog
  • Don't Be Cruel
  • Love Me Tender
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Albums
  • 1 Elvis Presley
  • 2 Elvis

Elvis In The 50s
  • Presley's first single for RCA "Heartbreak Hotel"
    quickly sold one million copies and within a year
    RCA would go on to sell ten million Presley
  • "Colonel" Tom Parker was Elviss promoter and
    agent. Parker's first major decision was to
    market Elvis on television. This made him even
    more popular.

G.I Elvis
  • On December 20, 1957, Elvis received his draft
    board notice for his mandatory service in the
    United States Army.
  • He was worried that his absence in the public eye
    for 2 years, while serving in the Army, might end
    his career.
  • On 24 March 1958 just after finishing up the
    pre-production of Elviss latest film King Creole
    , he joined his unit, 1st Battalion, US 32nd
    Armored Regiment and was posted to Ray Barracks,
    Friedberg, Germany.

G.I Elvis
  • After serving his duty in the military, he became
    more mature and lost his raw and rebellious edge.
  • He gained respect from the elder people who
    didnt like him very much before he entered the

Hit Songs of The 60s
  • Stuck on You
  • Fame and Fortune
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  • Surrender,
  • Little Sister

Elvis In Film the 1960s
  • Elvis admired the style of Marlon Brando, James
    Dean, and Tony Curtis and returned from the
    military eager to make a career as a movie star.
  • Altogether, Presley had made 27 movies during the
    1960s, "which had grossed about 130 million, and
    he had sold a hundred million records, which had
    made him 150 million.

Elviss Marriage to Priscilla
  • Elvis married his long time girl friend Priscilla
    in May of 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the
    Aladdin Hotel.
  • Their only child, daughter Lisa Marie, was born
    almost exactly nine months later on February 1,

Late 1960s
  • After seven years off the top of the charts,
    Elviss song "Suspicious Minds" hit number one on
    the Billboard music charts on November 1st, 1969.
  • From 1969 to 1971 Elvis would dominate singles
    charts in many countries with a string of Top 20
  • Elvis was having trouble competing with record
    sales of artists such as The Beatles, The
    Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Monkees.

Listening No. 5
  • Title Suspicious Minds
  • Composer Mark James
  • Artist Elvis Presley
  • Genre Rock and Roll
  • Period 20th Century (1969)

His Final Years
  • Between 1970 and 1977 Elvis gave 1,096 sold-out
    performances in Las Vegas and on tour. He was the
    first artist to have four shows in a row sold to
    capacity crowds at New York's Madison Square
    Garden, on June 9-11, 1972.
  • Elvis and Priscilla separated in February of 1972
    and were divorced in October of 1973.
  • Elvis made his last live concert appearance in
    Indianapolis at the Market Square Arena on June
    26, 1977.

His Final Years
  • On August 16, 1977, at his Graceland mansion in
    Memphis, Tennessee, Presley was found lying on
    the floor of his bedroom's bathroom by his
  • He was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital, where
    at 330 P.M. doctors pronounced him dead.
  • Elvis was originally buried at Forest Hill
    Cemetery in Memphis next to his mother. After an
    attempted theft of the body, his remains and his
    mother's remains were moved to Graceland to the
    "meditation gardens."

Grace Land