Fast Facts

  • Had an identical twin, Jesse, who was stillborn.
  • Worked as a truck driver after high school, making $35 a week.
  • Spent $4 to make an amateur recording at Sun Studios in 1953 as a belated birthday present for his mother. Sun's secretary later played the songs for Sam Phillips, who signed Elvis to a contract in 1954.
  • Contract was sold to RCA Victor in 1955. His first RCA hit, "Heartbreak Hotel," shot to No. 1 on the charts and stayed there for eight weeks.
  • Popularly known as one of the pioneers of rockabilly, an up-tempo style of music blending country and blues.
  • Was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 and served for two years; earned the rank of sergeant.
  • Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • Holds Billboard records for most Top 40 hits and most cumulative weeks at No. 1.

Awards

  • 1972, Grammy — Best Inspirational Performance: Winner
  • 1974, Grammy — Best Inspirational Performance (Non-Classical): Winner
  • 1967, Grammy — Best Sacred Performance: Winner

Relationships

  • Jesse Garon Presley — Brother
  • Priscilla Presley — Ex-wife
  • Linda Thompson — Ex-significant Other
  • Vernon Elvis Presley — Father
  • Anita Wood — Ex-significant Other
  • Bill Stanley — Stepbrother
  • Gladys Love Presley — Mother
  • Lisa Marie Presley — Daughter
  • Davada Stanley Presley — Stepmother

Details

  • Birth Name: Elvis Aron Presley
  • Birth Place: Tupelo, MS
  • Birthday: January 8, 1935, Capricorn
  • Died: August 16, 1977
  • Profession: Singer, Actor
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