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Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), was an American singer, musician and actor. He is a cultural icon, often known as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll", or simply "The King".

Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing "black" and "white" sounds, made him popular—and controversial—as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" later embodying the style. Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop. To date, he is the only performer to have been inducted into four music halls of fame.

In the 1960s, Presley made the majority of his thirty-three movies—mainly poorly reviewed musicals. In 1968, he returned to live music in a television special and thereafter performed across the U.S., notably in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, he set records for concert attendance, television ratings and recordings sales. He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in the history of popular music. Health problems plagued Presley in later life which, coupled with a punishing tour schedule and addiction to prescription medication, led to his premature death at age 42.

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Elvis Presley is the self-titled debut album by Elvis Presley on RCA Records. Released in March 1956, The album was recorded during one session at Sun Studio in Memphis, two mid-January sessions at RCA Studios in Nashville, and two in late January at RCA Studios in New York. It spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart that year. The "Elvis Presley" title and photo were also used on RCA-issued Extended Play and 2x Extended Play records released at the same time.

Did you know?

  • ... that The Sun Sessions album included all of the Elvis Presley tracks recorded by Sam Phillips?
  • ... that the Cryolophosaurus is informally known as the Elvisaurus because the bizarre crest running across its head resembles Elvis Presley's 1950s pompadour haircut?
  • ... that Jamaican actress and singer Amru Sani appeared on the same 1956 episode of The Ed Sullivan Show as Elvis Presley?
  • ... that Just a Gigolo (1978), David Bowie's second major film, was so poorly received by critics that the singer quipped, "It was my 32 Elvis Presley movies rolled into one"?

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Middleton, Fanning and Haug performing "Sunsets" in September 2007
Credit: Ollie Atkins, chief White House photographer at the time.

In December 1970, at his own request, Presley met then-President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office of The White House. Little is known about Presley's political beliefs. This image inspired the 1997 film Elvis Meets Nixon.

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