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Elvis Presley Biography

Birth Name:
Elvis Aron Presley
Birth Place:
Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Singer, actor

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
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