The name “Elvis Aaron Presley” is definitely one of the most familiar names across the planet. The world of music has had legends, but Elvis is a legend of the legends. Elvis, the King of Rock ‘n Roll, was a revolution, a movement on his own. With his impact on the popular music industry, it can be said without question that he was the most influential in the shaping of the industry. His records were best sellers, beating many of the more recent bestselling artists in the numbers and in popularity.
He recorded over 20 music projects during his 24-year career and performed at many events that could be counted. Despite the fact that he died young, his name and impact will never be forgotten in the music industry.
Here’s a quick look into his life.
Elvis’s Early Life
In 1935, Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He had a close bond with his parents, as he was their only child. His musical talent was first discovered in church when he was primary school pupil. At 10, he was encouraged to contest at a singing competition, where he performed fairly well. Months later, his parents bought him a guitar as a birthday gift, and that guitar became his best friend. He began rehearsed his singing and guitar skills daily.
In 1948, Elvis’ family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. This was when he began to take professional guitar lessons. He started a band with other boys, and they played music for the love of it.
It didn’t take Elvis too much time to decide that he wanted to become a professional musician after he graduated from high school in 1953.
Elvis’ Early Days as a Musician
Unbelievably, Elvis walked into the office building of Sun Records one day and walked out of the building with a record contract. He stunned the owner of the label and started a professional career. This was in 1953 when he graduated from High School. However, the big break did not come. So, he had to work awkward jobs to make ends meet.
After two years, his contract was sold to RCA, where he recorded his hit first single, first hit album, and also bagged a movie contract with Paramount. It was the beginning of ‘superstardom’!
Within a year, Elvis Presley was already an international star! The spotlight was shining on him! His style of music was different, so he changed the way music was perceived and enjoyed. He kept his game up with great songs and astonishing performances, and he kept rising into fame!
His first movie ever, Love Me Tender, was a huge Box Office success and every single radio station all over the world played his songs every day.
He went on to serve a year in the Army in 1959 and came back to storm the charts with a series of hit songs and films, back to back. His fame continued to spread until late in 1969 when other talented musicians came to share some of the stardom with him. He continued to record hits, till he later died in 1977.
He is still a superstar to the world, and a national treasure to America despite his death. His legacy lives on as he continues to inspire more musicians in Rock ‘n Roll.