He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as the " King of Rock and Roll " or simply "the King". His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations , led him to great success—and initial controversy. Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi , and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee , with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in , recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips , who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience.
Who Was Elvis Presley?
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Elvis Presley came from very humble beginnings and grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll. By the mids, he appeared on the radio, television and the silver screen. On August 16, , at age 42, he died of heart failure, which was related to his drug addiction. Since his death, Presley has remained one of the world's most popular music icons. He later changed the spelling of his middle name to the biblical form of Aaron. Presley was supposed to be a twin, but his brother, Jesse Garon sometimes spelled Jessie was stillborn. From very humble beginnings, Presley grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll.
Presley grew up dirt-poor in Tupelo, moved to Memphis as a teenager, and, with his family, was off welfare only a few weeks when producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records , a local blues label, responded to his audition tape with a phone call. Several weeks worth of recording sessions ensued with a band consisting of Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore , and bassist Bill Black. Their repertoire consisted of the kind of material for which Presley would become famous: blues and country songs, Tin Pan Alley ballads , and gospel hymns.