Elvis Presley BIOGRAPHY
The Elvis Presley Biography reads like the ultimate fulfillment of the American dream. The rags to riches Elvis biography allowed every teenager of the mid-1950’s dream that anything is possible. Since then just about every rock star has wanted to re-live the history of Elvis. The Elvis Presley Bio began in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8. 1935. The boy from humble beginnings to Elvis Army days, to Elvis in Hollywood to Elvis in Concert to become the King of rock roll. In death, Elvis remains a paradox. As Lea Frydman content manager of ElvisPresleyNews notes. “His legacy has become a double-edged sword; whereas on one hand, he continues to have a loyal and loving following, and on the other, the media has turned his fandom into myth, with countless Elvis is alive hoaxes and Elvis sightings and clichés of a fat guy in a white jumpsuit.”
Elvis Aaron Presley
January 8, 1935
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
|Death Date||August 16, 1977 (aged 42)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
(m. 1967; Div. 1973)
|Children||Lisa Marie Presley|
|Awards||Presidential Medal of Freedom (2018)|
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Date of Birth 01/08/1935 Time of Birth 04:35 Sidereal Time 11:47
Place of Birth Tupelo, MS Longitude 88
– Elvis Aaron Presley was born a twin at 4.35am on a frosty morning in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935, to Vernon Elvis and Gladys Love Presley. His twin brother, Jesse Garon, was delivered first but died at birth.
Gladys always believed Elvis was an identical twin and raised Elvis to believe this as well, This trauma bonded Elvis and Gladys. Mother and son were devoted to each another to the extreme.
Elvis Presley Family
The Presleys were poor, as poor as any white Southerners could be. Vernon worked as a sharecropper, Gladys working at the Tupelo Garment Co as a sewing machine operator. Vernon was not an ambitious man, even considered lazy, and for a time he spent 18 months at Parchman Penitentiary for a cheque forgery charge.
In death, Elvis remains a paradox. “His legacy has become a double-edged sword; whereas on one hand, he continues to have a loyal and loving following, and on the other, the media has turned his fandom into myth, with countless ‘Elvis is alive’ hoaxes and Elvis sightings and clichés of a fat guy in a white jumpsuit.”
But even the specter of white jumpsuits, gross obesity, substance abuse, and career suicide can’t diminish his artistry. Elvis himself recognized his inherent gifts when he announced, upon his arrival at Sun studios that “I don’t sing like nobody.”
“In that simple, ungrammatical, declarative sentence, Elvis was offering an incomplete but otherwise impeccable definition of his uniqueness as a singer. He did not sound like anybody else then, and he does not sound like anybody else now.”
Though he’s hailed as “The King of Rock and Roll,” that’s a bit of misnomer. Maybe he should have been called the emancipator.
Other rock-era contemporaries looked to him as a source of divine inspiration. “He is the deity supreme of rock ‘n’ roll religion as it exists in today’s form.”
Even a long-haired emissary, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, paid his tribute to the King. “Elvis Presley was the greatest cultural force in the 20th century.
Lea Frydman reflects, “The voice, 25 years after his death, continues to astonish even those of us who have spent most of our lives listening to it with its power, range, and subtlety but above all, with its very believability.”
Listen to Elvis illuminate the joys and sorrows of life on gospel-inflected numbers such as “You Gave Me a Mountain.” Or how he rips it up or tears it up on rockers such as “Trying to Get to You” or “Burning Love.” Or how he ponders the possibilities of fate in “Follow That Dream” and “If I Can Dream.”
Elvis certainly believed in their power: “Every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times.”
To many Presley fans, his greatest legacy remains his supreme embodiment of the American dream. “
When Elvis stepped behind a microphone, he represented everything the American dream had to offer,” Lea Frydman said. “And every teenager on the planet wanted to be part of it. Fifty years later, how can you let go of a dream like that?”
“The question of Elvis Presley remains as alive as the man himself is dead. He remains the specter of possibility–in rock ‘n’ roll, pop culture, America, modern life–and he remains the face of ruin.”
It’s the ultimate question to reflect upon as the faithful light their candles this week.
A quarter-century after he checked into that great Heartbreak Hotel in the sky, Elvis Presley is everywhere, but especially at the forefront of pop culture with a hit single and several new releases. Fans view Elvis Presley’s grave on the grounds of Graceland, his Memphis mansion. Thousands are expected to visit Graceland to mark the 25th anniversary of his death this month.
Elvis Presley In Paris – June 1959
June 21, 1959 – Elvis, Charlie Hodge, Lamar Fike, and Rex Mansfield flew a chartered plane to Paris.
The gang went to the Lido nightclub and upon spotting Elvis called him to the stage where he played an
impromptu piano version of “Willow Weep for Me” The boys visited the Louver, the Eiffel Tower and stayed in the hotel de Galles. At nights they frequented the Folies-Bergere, the Moulin Rouge & the 4 O’clock Club where they conned the entire cast back to their hotel. The 10-day trip cost $10,000 which Elvis paid in full
Elvis In Hollywood
The Elvis who returned from Germany was a changed man – many claim his mother’s death affected him so deeply he never recovered.
As the 60’s sexual revolution and the Beatles stormed into vague, Elvis retreated into clean-cut blandness. In 1961 Presley was invited to appear at the Royal Command Variety Performance in London before Queen Elizabeth II. In response, Colonel Parker insisted that his client is presented to Her Majesty (such a condition was out of the question) without knowing that the stars appearing on the show were always presented to the Royal party. Nevertheless, Elvis was never invited again.
Elvis was not totally immune the flower power music of the early ’60s. He admired the Beatles and hosted a party for them in his Hollywood home on27 August 1965. Photographers were forbidden, however, member of the Memphis Mafia has since reported the experience. They recall, Elvis having said to the Fab Four, after initial introductions, “Well if you are just going sit staring at me, I’ll going to bed.” On Paul suggestion, the five biggest names in the music industry played each other’s songs. It is by no means inconceivable that this unique session was recorded. If so, it is as important as the one made at the Sun Studios with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis in December 1956. A tape of even one song by Elvis Presley and the Beatles would represent riches beyond belief indeed.
Despite being aware of the changing music trends, Elvis merged with a meager 7 number one hits; Are You Lonesome Tonight?, It’s Now Or Never, Stuck On You, A Big Hunk O’Love, Good Luck Charm, Surrender and Suspicious Minds, over the next 14 years. But, if the music couldn’t compare with his impact in the ’50s there was always Hollywood for Presley to conquer in earnest.
From 1961 to 1968 Elvis made 21 Hollywood movies and recorded nothing but asinine soundtrack albums. Two maybe three movies from that era have survived better than others, Blue Hawaii, GI Blues, and Viva Las Vegas. When casting with Ann Margret which the press dubbed “the female Elvis,” Presley lifted his game to the challenge. Although without a decent plot line basically travelogue, Viva Las Vegas saving grace have to be the singing duets with Elvis Presley and Ann Margret. It was until after his death in 1977, that BMG Music finally released the downright bluesy single “You’re the Boss” that was originally recorded but used in the movie.
Witnesses recall that from the moment they met, there was immediate chemistry between Elvis and Ann Margret that led to an off-screen romance. One night before shooting began Elvis informed the guys that he would be dating her alone. This was different from Elvis’s usual trysts with Hollywood starlets. After Ann Margret let the press know that she and Elvis were engaged the Colonel stepped in and stopped the romance cold. To this day the Memphis Mafia and Ann Margret still speculate on the Colonel’s powerful influence over Elvis.
This power most reflected in Elvis’ movie titles of the 1960’. With travelogue storylines, an assortment of beautiful co-stars and the lack of quality directors or film editors killed, Colonel Parker single-handedly thwarted Elvis’ potential as an actor.
While Elvis was singing to kids on the beach in Paradise Hawaiian Style, with Julie Parrish – Tom Jones was breaking all chart records with the hit single “It’s Not Unusual.”
While in Hollywood Elvis had the Memphis Mafia with him everywhere he went. Always lurking “the guys” as they were known collectively included; Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike, Red West, Gene West & Jerry Schilling. They made for a menacing tour detour bodyguards set. With an exception of a few, every one of these “court jesters” has written a book about their experiences while working for the King.
Lacker recalls the time when Tom Jones visited Elvis on set. Elvis and Tom were deep in complementing each other when Jones’ manager interceded with a one-million-dollar offer for Elvis to do a concert at Wembley Stadium. When Elvis ignored him, the manager persisted. Finally, Lacker stepped in believing that the only reason for Jones’ visit was to get a deal for his manager. That in mind Lacker physically removed the manager from the studio. It was these bullying tactics that had the press declared “the guys” as the Memphis Mafia.
Unfortunately, after releasing from the army, Colonel Parker decided on a very different course for Elvis’ movie career and rock-n-roll took back seat as Presley the actor was groomed for matinee idolatry.
Initially, the attempt to turn Elvis into a serious actor with Flaming Star in which Elvis’ role as the half-breed Pacer could have been a spring broad to something better than Kid Galahad. However, because Blue Hawaii was such hit with fans and at the box office, that formula was set in cement with GI Blues to follow.
Hollywood never used Elvis the actor to his full capacity. Kissin’ Cousins & Harum Scarum underline the almost obsessive quality of cheapness.
While the Beatles drew mass crowds at Shea Stadium in LA, Elvis was cutting the Frankie and Johnny soundtrack. During the summer of love, Elvis was working on Clambake and Speedway while the Beatles were making Sergeant Pepper.
Not until after Elvis had returned to the concert circuit, did he once again return to his former glory with his critics? Once again, when Elvis’ returned to the live stage, Hollywood sought to cash-in. That’s The Way It Is a documentary that showed in graphic detail exactly what went on behind the scenes and what it took to prepare Elvis the consummate stage performer followed by Elvis On Tour, the last of Elvis’ 33 Hollywood films.
At 9.41am on May 1, 1967, at the Aladdin Hotel in Milton Prell’s private suite, Elvis Aaron Presley and Priscilla Ann Beaulieu exchanged vows before 25 chapel candles but only 14 wedding guests. (Elvis had to borrow the $15.00 for the license from Joe Esposito his best man )
The wedding guest included, sister, Michelle, as maid of honor, both Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker acted as best men. As were Vernon and his wife Dee, Paul and Ann Beaulieu and Priscilla’s brother Don. The Colonel and his wife, Marie with Elvis’ cousins, Billy, and Jo Smith. Patsy and Gee Gee Gambill with a school friend, George Klein, and the wives of best men, Joanie and Patsy. Grandma Mimi Mae Presley could not attend because she was not up to the journey.
The wedding guests heard Nevada Supreme Court Judge, David Zenoff perform the eight-minute ceremony, in which Priscilla promised to “…love, honor, cherish, and comfort her husband…”
The bride wore a traditional floor-length white chiffon and satin gown with seed-pearl trim and a six-foot train. Priscilla carried a white wedding bouquet and rested her hand that sported a three-carat diamond engagement ring on a white bible. The nervous groom wore a satin-trimmed tuxedo that did not fit right.
Colonel Parker had arrived in Las Vegas two days prior to set up the wedding and the $100,000 breakfast. The wedding ceremony was followed in short order by a press conference, breakfast reception, a change of clothes and a dash to the airport where a Frank Sinatra’s stand-by Learjet ‘Christina’ carried Elvis and bride to their Palm Spring residence for their honeymoon evening.
To keep from getting bored while at Graceland and between filming in Hollywood, Elvis had his own football team. Gary Lockwood was a quarterback in the touch football games in which blood flowed along with the profanities.
Elvis a fervent football fan, since high school could tick off the stats of his favorite team, the Cleveland Browns. His own team originated while in Germany where he and Red West had put together games with other GI’s.
While in Hollywood, Sundays at a Bel-Air park, their games would bring celebrity players. On such afternoon, Pat Boone put together a team. Then came a team captained by Rick Nelson. Nelson’s players wore t-shirts and blue jeans, whereas, Elvis’ team had uniforms and the name EP Enterprises. Captains Nelson and Presley were both receivers in a game so rough, that Rick later recalled, “that people were flying through the air…”
Nelson’s team came out the victor. Naturally, such a cluster of male celebrities attracted a bevy of women in the midriff and tight capri pants with heavily sprayed bouffant hairdos, who would form the cheerleading squads. After the games most if not all the cheer squad wound up with invitations to the Presley party compound.
Lisa Marie Presley the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley was born, February 1, 1968, weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces. Priscilla gave birth without incident although she almost didn’t make it to the hospital. Mary Jenkins, Graceland cook recalled that Elvis was so nervous when Priscilla’s water broke early that morning that he nearly drove off without her.
Jerry Schilling, the designated driver, headed for the wrong hospital, confusing a plan Elvis and the guys had set up to send a decoy car to a different hospital to distract the media.
Lisa Marie made her debut at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis at5:01 p.m. Had she been a boy John Baron would have been the name of Elvis’ son. Superstar dad passed out cigars to press while calling himself the happy pappy. Elvis wanted to buy his baby girl mink coat but Priscilla talked him out of it but it would set the pattern for Lisa Marie’s surreal life ahead.
Elvis has reached the supreme level of frustration with the state of his career and all its limitations on his creativity and artistic expression. He had hoped to become a serious actor, but Hollywood had other ideas and Elvis went along with them. His opportunities to show his true talents as an actor have been few. He is beyond ready for a change. By now, it has been more than seven years since Elvis has appeared in front of a live audience. Elvis has missed the closeness of his audience, the energy and excitement of live performing.
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Elvis Movies – Elvis films can be divided into 3 distinct categories. His pre-army films, the 60’s travelogues and two documentaries. When Elvis signed a 7-year movie deal in ‘58, Hollywood was still run under the old studio system – which disallowed an actor any creative input. With the void created by James Dean’s death, Hollywood was cashing-in on the lucrative teenage market.
Pre-Army Movies: Love Me Tender – Loving You – Jailhouse Rock – King Creole
Elvis played the role well enough to make millions at the box-office.
Post-Army Movies: Twenty-Seven Special Duds?
Elvis 60’s movies say more about Hollywood then Elvis’ acting abilities. The answer to why Hollywood sanitized the Elvis musical can simply be called greed. Because Blue Hawaii set a precedent of not stretching Elvis as an actor and filling the genre with lots of songs and it made millions, Hollywood just repeated the process 27 times until even the most loyal Elvis fans stayed away. The question often asked could Elvis have given an Oscar award-winning performance had he taken up Barbra Streisand’s offer to star in A Star is Born.
Did these documentaries succeed in revealing the man behind the image? Examining the format, these films only perpetuate the same old story revealing nothing new and nothing real.
Elvis Presley Concert Picture 1969-77
Before digital photography became mainstream. Photography was a skill left to a few talents photojournalists. However, thank goodness Elvis fans took the initiative to take their cameras and capture some of the best candid shots of Elvis on stage. Here are some great examples. For fans who were privy to seeing Elvis live on stage will always remember the banner with fans between songs. These images of Elvis confirms how much he loved to perform before a live audience
Elvis Presley Movies
5 G.I. Blues (1960)
6 Flaming Star (1960)
7 Wild in the Country (1961)
8 Blue Hawaii (1961)
9 Follow That Dream (1962)
10 Kid Galahad (1962)
11 Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
12 It Happened At the World’s Fair (1963)
13 Fun in Acapulco (1963)
14 Kissin’ Cousins (1964)
15 Viva Las Vegas (1964)
16 Roustabout (1964)
17 Girl Happy (1965)
18 Tickle Me (1965)
19 Harum Scarum (1965)
20 Frankie & Johnny (1966)
21 Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966)
22 Spinout (1966)
23 Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
24 Double Trouble (1967)
25 Clambake (1967)
26 Stay Away, Joe (1968)
27 Speedway (1968)
28 Live A Little, Love A Little (1968)
29 Charro! (1969)
30 The Trouble With Girls (1969)
31 Change of Habit (1969)
32 Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (1970)
33 Elvis on Tour (1972)
“Singers come and go. But if you a good actor you can last a long time, ” Elvis Presley (1956)
By the time Elvis arrived in Hollywood, he had already conquered the music business with 2 hits, Heartbreak Hotel, and Hound Dog. He had also stirred a national controversy on television with his gyrating performances. His fame was now set to rise to a new plateau – motion pictures.
Elvis always loved movies. In high school, he worked as an usher in a local theatre. Even after he started his singing career, he longed to be an actor as well. When music skyrocketed him to fame the dream of Hollywood suddenly came within reach. Elvis truly believed that being a successful actor would bring him longevity as a celebrity. As it turned out, his movie appearances combined most effectively with his unprecedented musical success to establish him as the single most important entertainer of our time.
Elvis Presley’s first four films, Love Me Tender, Loving You, Jailhouse Rock & King Creole powerfully influenced the metamorphosis of popular entertainment in the ’50s. This was a precious, fleeting time in Elvis’ life and career – long before the tabloid image of the aging rock star. Barely out of his teens, Elvis burst onto the movie screen with formidable poise and conviction. He came across as moody and charismatic – a mix of sexual dynamite and enormous charm. Elvis was the rebel who instantly picked up where James Dean left off.
But the image of untamed youth that Elvis projected in his first four movies would soon be history. By the time he returned from the Army in 1960 to make GI Blues & Blue Hawaii, he was no longer the rebellious, anti-hero of just a few years before. His hair was shorter, his sideburns were gone – even his music was subdued. Elvis had definitely changed – and it showed.
During the 18 months that Elvis made his first four movies, he underwent an incredible transformation. In early ‘56 he was catapulted to fame with a string of smash hit records. By April, he had signed a movie deal. The filming of Love Me Tender didn’t start until late August, however, the picture was rushed into release by November.
With no time to spare, the second film, Loving You began shooting a few weeks after Christmas. Jailhouse Rock was in photography the following May. In between, there were chart-topping recordings and the controversial television appearance including the Ed Sullivan Show, which posted an unprecedented 82 share.
These rapid-fire events must have had a strong impact on the young entertainer. Things were happening more quickly than he could have ever imagined. Within this 18-month period starred in Love Me Tender and King Creole and he was inducted into the Army, Elvis evolved tremendously. He had gone from near obscurity to Hollywood superstar celebrity status. He had established Rock-n-Roll as the new music for a whole generation. He had acquired a mansion and a fleet of Cadillacs. He had the adoration of every teenage girl and the emulation of every teenage boy. And had established a unique & wildly popular persona for himself in motion pictures.
Elvis Presley songs lyrics
Mary in the Morning
Mean Woman Blues
Merry Christmas Baby
Mess of Blues
My Baby Left Me
Never Been to Spain
O Sole Mio
One Night of With You
Peace in the Valley
Polk Salad Annie
Return to Sender
Rip It Up
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
She’s Not You
She Wears My Ring
Softly as I Leave You
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Stuck on You
Such a Night
Sweet Sweet Spirit
Take My Hand, Precious Lord
That’s All Right, Mama
That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
The Impossible Dream
The Jaycees Speech
The Wonder of You
There Goes My Everything
Too Much Monkey Business
Treat Me Nice
Tryin’ to Get to You
Until It’s Time for You to Go
Viva Las Vegas
Walk a Mile in My Shoes
We Can Make the Morning
Welcome to My World
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Why Me Lord
You’ll Never Walk Alone
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
You Don’t Know Me
You Gave Me a Mountain
Such an Easy Question
You’re So Square Baby I Don’t Care
You’re the Devil in Disguise
ELVIS NUMBER ONE HITS (in his lifetime)
1. Heartbreak Hotel
2. Hound Dog
3. Don’t Be Cruel
4. Love Me Tender
5. All Shook Up
6. Teddy bear
7. Loving You
8. Jailhouse Rock
9. Treat Me Nice
10. Hard Headed Woman
11. A Fool Such As I
12. A Big Hunk O’Love
13. Stuck On You
14. It’s Now Or Never
15. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
17. Little Sister
18. Can’t Help Falling In Love
19. Rock-a-Hula Baby
20. Good Luck Charm
21. She’s Not You
22. Return To Sender
23. Devil In Disguise
24. Wooden Heart
25. Crying In The Chapel
26. In The Ghetto
27. Suspicious Minds
28. The Wonder Of You
29. Burning Love
30. Moody Blues
Elvis Presley Death:
The “DEATH OF ELVIS” vigil has become the most watched online event every year via the Graceland cam and this year will be no exception. In death as in life, Elvis will remain in our hearts forever.
Suspiciously the contents of Elvis’ stomach were destroyed before they could thoroughly be analyzed. Lack of tissue samples makes it impossible to determine the real cause of death. This means of today’s sophisticated technology makes it possible. After several attempts by the media to uncover the truth Dr. Eric Muirhead (chief pathologist) and Dr. Noel Florredo (present at the autopsy) admitted Elvis’s death has died to an interaction of several drugs.
Elvis Presley Facts:
- Elvis name is Norse for “all wise.”
- Presley almost died in a Tupelo, Mississippi tornado when he was 15 months old.
- Research shows that “Elvis” is? one of the most popular passwords for computers.
- Age 2, Elvis wiggled out of his mother’s grip and joined the choir at the Assembly of God Church
- At 11, Presley got a guitar. He really wanted a bicycle but his parents couldn’t afford it.
- A 14-year-old girl told the press: “My parents locked up my Elvis records, and broke my record player.”
- Another teen is captured in a set of Alfred Wertheimer photos 1956. The white-gloved girl got out of a cab with her father in Manhattan, saw Elvis, talked to him and broke down when he left.
- Sometimes, Elvis would sign autographs on fans’ breasts “Elvis” on the left, “Presley” on the right.
- Presley started wearing a chain necklace because his mother, Gladys’ maternal grandmother was Jewish — the reason he added a Star of David on his mother’s gravestone.
- When asked why he wore Chai, he said, “I don’t want to miss out on going to heaven on a technicality.”
- He also is said to have been partly Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Cherokee & French.
- Can’t Help Falling in Love is set to the melody of Plaisir D’Amour, an 18th-century French song.
- Presley loved potato cheese soup and meatloaf with mushroom gravy
- Presley preferred to take sponge baths.
- As a teenager, Elvis worked as an usher at Loew’s State movie theater in Memphis.
- He got to wear another type of uniform when he joined the JROTC in the 10th grade.
- Although Elvis was honored by his commanding officer for his “cheerfulness and drive and continued outstanding leadership ability,” some Presley insiders thought the Army tamed him.
- Presley once used black shoe polish to do it himself.
- In between filming 1956’s Love Me Tender and Loving You, Elvis had his teeth capped.
- Several big-time stars say they were influenced by Presley after seeing him perform, including Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, and Cher.
- Elvis’ romance with Natalie Wood was short-lived, it ended because he was just not that into her.
- When he was young, Elvis could lose several pounds during a concert.
- His golden palomino quarter horse, Rising Sun, is buried at Graceland.
- Some believe that Parker had the ability to hypnotize Presley, especially before he’d go onstage.
- Some members of the Memphis Mafia called him “Crazy.”
Elvis Presley Family Pic
First home Elvis bought for his parents Elvis with his parent’s age 2 in Tupelo
Elvis with his father and grandmother in Germany Elvis with his mother Gladys just before the family moved to Memphis
The last photo was taken of Elvis with both parents Elvis at home with Mom & Dad
Elvis, the devoted son & father Elvis wedding day