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.
1972, Grammy — Best Inspirational Performance: Winner
1974, Grammy — Best Inspirational Performance (Non-Classical): Winner