Elvis Presley doesn’t need an introduction. He was a cultural icon and one of the most famous and admired musicians of the 20th century. He is also called the King and the King of Rock and Roll. He sold more records than any other solo artist in the history of music recordings. He was just as successful in pop, country, blues, and gospel as he was in other styles. He had won three Grammy awards, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award was given to him. He died in 1977 when he was 42 years old, but his music lives on.
Presley’s Early Life
Elvis Aron (later spelled Aaron) Presley was born in a two-room house in East Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935, about 35 minutes after his stillborn twin brother, Jesse Garon. The next day, Jesse was buried in the nearby Priceville Cemetery in a grave that was not marked. Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley were very proud of their son Presley. His ancestors were from different parts of Western Europe, but his great-great-grandmother might have been Cherokee American.
His family was religious, and the music in the church was where he first got ideas. In 1941, Presley went to East Tupelo Consolidated, which was a public school. At the age of ten, he won a singing contest at school. He got a guitar for his tenth birthday and learned to play it with the help of his uncles.
In 1946, Presley started sixth grade at a new school. He took his guitar to school and played and sang with it during lunch. Mississippi Slim taught him how to play guitar, and he put him on a radio show.
In 1948, Elvis Presley’s family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and he started high school at L.C. Humes. He and a group of boys he hung out with often played the guitar. He also started taking on short-term jobs. He paid close attention to musical events and took part in them. In 1953, he finished high school and had already decided that he wanted to be a musician.
Career & Achievements
In 1953, Presley started working as a truck driver, and he tried out for many jobs but was turned down. At Sun Records, Presley made a record with two sides so he could give it to his mother. The next year, he did the same thing. In July of 1954, he was able to record two of his songs, which became popular right away. This led to him giving live shows at a number of places. His unique style drove the audience crazy.
In 1955, Sun Records put out a lot of his songs, which became known as “rockabilly.” He became known as The Memphis Flash and The Hillbilly Cat because of this. He started taking his band of the quartet on tour all over the US. Later, he chose RCA Victor as his recording company and started two companies: Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music.
Heartbreak Hotel was his first record for RCA. It came out in 1956. He was also in a CBS stage show that was broadcast on TV. Then, he worked with RCA to record eight songs that went to the top of the Billboard charts and stayed there for weeks.
On April 3, 1956, Presley was on the NBC Milton Berle Show. He sang on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hancock in San Diego. He also made a deal with Paramount Pictures to act. Presley also appeared on the Ted Allen and Ed Sullivan shows, among others. Elvis was Presley’s second album. It came out in October 1956 and quickly went to number one. In the music business, he broke many sales records.
Elvis Presley was called up by the U.S. Army on March 24, 1958. During this time, his mother, with whom he was very close, died, which was very hard for Presley. After his training, Elvis was sent to Friedberg, Germany. Here, he met the woman he would later marry, Priscilla Beaulieu. In the meantime, RCA kept putting out his music and had ten top hits.
After he got out of the Army on March 2, 1960, Presley went back to the United States. Soon after, he put out new albums that went straight to the top. For just eight minutes of singing on the TV show Welcome Home Elvis, Presley was paid an amazing $125,000.
Presley also did a few movies. His first one, Love Me Tender, came out in 1956. There were soundtrack albums for these movies. In 1967, one of his gospel albums won him his first Grammy for Best Sacred Performance. But Elvis’s luck was bad from 1967 to 1968, when only two of his eight albums did well. Elvis was his first live show since 1961. It was shown on TV for the first time in December 1968. He was nominated for 14 Grammys, and he won three of them.
Elvis Net Worth
As of 2022, Elvis Presley is thought to be worth about $350 million. After Presley died, his music sales hit a new high. After that, many new albums and singles came out that were huge hits all over the world. Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a new entertainment complex, and The Guest House, a new hotel, have both opened on his Graceland property. From 2000 to 2005, Presley was the highest-earning dead celebrity, according to Forbes, with a gross income of $45 million. In 2016, he was in fourth place and made $35 million.
Presley’s Personal Life
Elvis and his mother were very close, and his father was always there for him. After dating for seven and a half years, Elvis and Priscilla Beaulieu got married on May 1, 1967. The wedding was short and took place in their room at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Lisa Marie was their only child, and she was born on February 1, 1968. Elvis didn’t drink alcohol or do drugs.
Due to both of them having affairs outside of their marriage, Elvis and Priscilla Presley split up on February 23, 1972, and filed for divorce on August 18. It was a blow that Elvis never got back from. The divorce was finalized on October 9, 1973.