Elvis Aron Presley

If he had been alive, Elvis Aron Presley or often known simply as Elvis or The King of Rock ‘n’ roll would have been a grand 71 today. Since it’s his birthday, Elvis fans all over the world gather together to pay him a huge tribute!

Elvis Aron Presley, the the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager.

In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with TV appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas.

Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artiste.

Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (three wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named one of the 10 Outstanding Young Award of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the US Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma and good humour endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important giures of 20th Century popular culture. Elvis dies at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.