It’s almost 40 years since Elvis Presley’s death but fans still hold candlelight vigils at the gates of his Graceland mansion to remember the one and only King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
On January 8th, 1935, in Tupelo Mississippi, Vernon and Gladys Presley welcomed their son Elvis into the world, blissfully unaware of the influence, fame and fortune that their little baby would hold one day. Presley formally began his career in the industry in 1954, signing up with Memphis’ Sun Records. Owned by self-taught producer, Sam Phillips, the label had a good run of success, signing the likes of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis in its time.
A mere two years after his first recording, Elvis transferred to the bigger label RCA Records and was well on his way to becoming a household name. Hits like Hounddog, Heartbreak Hotel, and Blue Suede Shoes sealed the deal, and it wasn’t long before Presley was donned ‘the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’. In his time, Presley sold over a billion records, earned 14 Grammy nominations and acted in 33 movies.
Following his death from a heart attack in 1967, Presley’s outstanding career and loving family have kept his memory alive and well. Elvis may have left the building, but his legacy still lives on.
Discover Memphis, the undisputed birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, on your next trip to the States.