Elvis Aaron Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi to poor working class parents. He was supposed to have a twin brother, but his twin, Jessie Garon, was stillborn.Continue Reading
Presley had a religious upbringing and attended the Assembly of God church with his parents while growing up. The gospel music he heard in church was an important influence in his later musical career.
Presley's mother, Gladys, bought Elvis his first guitar in 1946 when he was 11. Later, while attending Humes High School in Memphis, he won his first talent show. This made him decide to pursue a career in music. He graduated in 1953 and recorded his first hit single, "That's All Right," the following year.
The following year, 1955, Elvis signed to RCA Records and released his first hit single, "Heartbreak Hotel." Shortly after, he became a sensation with his provocative dance moves, movie and television appearances and a steady stream of hit singles.
In 1967, he married Priscilla Beaulieu, who he met in Germany while serving in the army, and they had a daughter named Lisa Marie the following year. By this time, Presley was beginning to struggle with health problems caused by his addiction to pain medication. He played his last concert in Indianapolis, Indiana in June 1977. On August 16, at age 42, he died of heart failure.Learn more about Art & Literature