Tuesday, August 16 marks the 45th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Forty-five years after his death, he still holds his status as the King and one of the greatest icons of American pop culture.
The King of Rock was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in Tupelo, US, on January 8, 1935. He grew up as an only child as his twin brother was stillborn. In 1948 his parents moved to Memphis where he graduated from Humes High School in 1953.
The “King of Rock’n’Roll” was granted a star at the Avenue of Stars in Kraków, southern Poland.see more
Elvis’ first major musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, and gospel music he heard as a teenager in church as well as the black R&B he listened to on the historic Beale Street. He got his first guitar in Tupelo on his 11th birthday.
He began his singing career in 1954 with the Sun Records label in Memphis recording his first five singles. In 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor and by 1956, he was an international sensation.
Throughout his life, the King of Rock and Roll sold over a billion records worldwide. He produced over 150 albums and singles certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum. He also received 14 Grammy nominations and won three times.