Elvis Presley is undoubtedly the most successful recording artist of all time. After 40 years of his death he still remains the most popular singer worldwide.
Here are some details of his life which many of his fans are unaware of in the modern times. Elvis was born on January 8th,1935 in Tupelo Mississippi to his parents Vernon Elvis of Scottish or German origin and Gladys Love believed to be a descendant of the Cherokee Indian. He shared a very close bonding with both parents. Elvis comes from a very humble background and his pursuit for love of music took birth in his family church. Elvis’s Father Vernon lost their home and was imprisoned for eight months for being found guilty of cheating his landowner and employer.
Elvis’s music career began in 1954 with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records Memphis. Sam, his producer, planned to explore African-American music and create a wider fan following in the world.
Elvis and his rhythmic acoustic guitar was partnered with lead guitarist Scotty Moore and Bassist Bill Black and produced an uncommon rock style that overwhelmed millions. A fusion of country music and rhythm blues was Elvis’s trademark.
Elvis married Priscilla Beaulieu, his childhood sweetheart, in the year 1967 in Las Vegas but unfortunately they split in 1972. Their one and only child Lisa Marie Presley born in 1968 is married several times including the pop icon Michael Jackson. Elvis had four grandchildren including the actress and model Riley Keough.
Elvis filmed in Love me Tender for 20th Century Fox. His favourite all time movie in which he acted was King Creole.
Elvis struggled with drug abuse and was ailing from several illnesses caused by excessive indulgence in drugs. On the eve of his tour of Memphis, he was found by Ginger Alden, in an unresponsive state on the floor of his bathroom. He was declared dead at 3:30 in the evening. Presley’s funeral was held at Graceland on August 18, 1977. President Carter praised Elvis for the unbeatable music created by him.