Elvis Presley, musician and actor, is often referred to as The King of Rock and Roll. He was a native of Mississippi, USA. He was of Irish (Co Carlow), Scottish, Cherokee and German ancestry. From humble beginnings Elvis Presley became one of the biggest names in Rock and Roll. Though he died at the age of 42 on August 16th 1977, he remains one of the most popular music icons in the world.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA in 1935. He was educated locally and was given his first guitar at the age of 10. When he was thirteen years old his family moved to Memphis Tennessee where he graduated from High School in 1953. Elvis made his first recording at the age of 19 in 1954 but his first number 1 hit in the US was with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ in 1956.
During the following years his recordings and television appearances made Presley enormously popular. With 18 number 1 singles and sales estimated at one billion records, he is the best-selling solo performer in the history of recorded music. He won three Grammy Awards during his lifetime and was one of the first performers to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. They had one daughter, Lisa Marie, who was born in 1968.
Elvis Presley was born in the year 1935 On This Day.