Elvis Presley Essay

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"Numerous singers, guitarists and pianists have achieved popularity since the first decade of rock'n roll, but only one has become immortal: Elvis Presley." (Bangs 1)

Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948. In Memphis, Elvis attends L. C. Humes High School where he graduates in 1953. Later that summer in July, Elvis starts working at Crown Electric as a truck driver. One Saturday afternoon, Elvis goes to the Memphis Recording Studio and records his first single: My Happiness and That's When your heartaches
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(Rolling Stone) Just following his appearance on the Sullivan show, his second international hit entitled Love Me Tender was released on November 15th 1956.

March 1957 Elvis Presley purchased the Graceland estate in Memphis. The Graceland Mansion was sprawling white and just outside the city. Even today, more than 20 years after Elvis's death, more than one million people visit Graceland each year. In 1958 Presley was mailed a draft notice, and though every branch of the service wanted him, Elvis enlisted in the U.S. Army. Elvis spent the next two years based in Germany, where his presence helped to popularize rock 'n' roll in Europe. In 1958 Elvis took an emergency leave to attend to his ill mother Gladys. After Gladys's death in 1958, Elvis went back into the army as Private Presley in Germany. Germany was the site of many important things in Elvis's life. His lifelong love affair with karate had started. One of the countries leading instructors visited his house three of four times a week to give him lessons. Eventually, Elvis qualified for an eighth-level black belt. (Daily 76) An important meeting for Elvis occurred in Germany also. Elvis met a young woman named Priscilla Beaulieu. She was the stepdaughter of an Air Force major stationed in Germany. They were introduced by a mutual friend. Priscilla or "Cilla" as Elvis called her was only fourteen when they first met.

When Elvis returned to the U.S. in 1960, his manager Tom

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