Elvis Aaron Presley is probably one of the most popular American singers of the century. Elvis, or often called the "King of Rock & Roll" was born on January 8, 1935. The first start of his musical journey was in Tupelo, Missisippi. His interest in music had been observed at very young age. However, not until Sun Records owner, Sam Philips, saw his ambition of bringing the sound of African American music to a much wider audience being acomplished through Elvis talent that the music empire of our Rock and Roll King begun.
RCA Victor acquired Elvis' contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed him for over two decades. His first RCA single "Heartbreak Hotel", which was released in January of 1956, became a number one hit and made the way to becoming the leading figure of rock and roll. He also appeared in the television via CBS's Stage Show and stayed in New York and recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" and "I Forgot to Remember to Forget". His self-titled album was released two months after.
From then, his success continued. He appeared in 33 successful films, has sold over hundreds of millions top music chart records, and performed many, often record-breaking, live concerts and tours here and abroad. For 150 different albums and singles, he earned gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards. And among his accolades were 14 Grammy nominations, three of which he won, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (which he received at a very young age of 36), and was named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. He served in the US Army for two years without special celebrity treatment.
Though gifted with talent, good looks and sensuality, Elvis remained humble and kind throughout his life. That is why; he is regarded as one of the most important figure of the twentieth century popular culture. He died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.