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Elvis Presley

Born: 1935-01-08 - Died: 1977-08-16
Cause of Death:
Heart Attack

Death Summary: Ginger Alden, his fiancée, found Presley’s body on the floor. According to the medical investigator, Presley had "stumbled or crawled several feet before he died"; he had apparently been using the toilet at the time. His death was officially pronounced at 3:30 pm at the Baptist Memorial Hospital.

It's often been rumored that he died of a drug overdose... but never proven.

Presley was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis next to his mother. After an attempt was made to steal his remains, the two graves were relocated to Graceland.

Who was Elvis Presley : He was a musician, singer and actor more commonly known as “The King of Rock n’ Roll” or just simply “The King”.

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee Elvis would go to the local record stores that had juke boxes or listening booths and just play records for hours. The area also had a strong blues music tradition, so Elvis would attend various blues venues. It’s fairly evident that later in his career local blues musicians heavily influenced his songs. B.B. King has even said that he “knew Elvis before he was popular. He used to come around and be around us a lot ... on Beale Street”.

Elvis recorded a song entitled “My Happiness” with “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”, as a supposed gift for his mother on July 18, 1953. Sun Records assistant Mario Keisker asked him whom he sounded like. Presley simply replied, “I don’t sound like nobody.”

The boss of Sun Records, Sam Phillips, had been looking for someone young who could blend both blues and boogie-woogie music. He had a feeling that it would be extremely popular among white people. They set up a meeting with Elvis to test him out, during the first taping session Phillips knew this was the sound he had been looking for.

”That’s All Right” aired on July 8, 1954 by DJ Dewey Phillips. Minutes after the song hit the airwaves the phone lines were jammed with listeners wanting to know who sang that song. The DJ began to tell people the artist was some guy named “Elton Preston”, mispronouncing his name.

On January 10, 1956 Elvis had his first recording session with RCA… this would produce the song “Heartbreak Hotel. The song would be released just 17 days later, and by April it had hit number one in the US, selling more than one million copies. On March 23, RCA released the first Elvis album, “Elvis Presley”…the majority of the tracks were country songs.

With his career skyrocketing, Elvis began a lackluster acting career. Though many of his films were box office successes… critics didn’t really care much for them.

With the newfound popularity, came stuff for people to complain about. Many listeners just assumed that Elvis was black, so this prompted white DJ’s to ignore his music… and black DJ’s wanted no part of it because they felt that he had stolen from them.

Elvis was seen by some to be a “danger to the security of the United States”. His onstage actions where called a “strip-tease with clothes on” or “sexual self-gratification”. They even compared his moves “masturbation with a microphone”.

In 1957 Elvis purchased Graceland, a mansion with several acres of land. This was his home until his death.

In late 1957 Elvis received a draft notice, but he was allowed to finish production of his latest movie before he had to report for duty. Elvis served in the United States Army until 1960. While he was in service Elvis learned of his mothers illness and was granted a leave of absence to go visit with her… two days later she died from heart failure at the age of 46. It’s been said that Elvis grieved for days on end.

Elvis met his future wife Priscilla while attending a party in, he was 24 and she was 14. Priscilla moved to Graceland in 1962 and stayed in the guesthouse until she graduated high school. They were married on May 1, 1967 and had their only daughter less than a year later.

In 1968 Elvis began to see his career slipping away a little. His last few songs drew little attention and his movie soundtracks were selling poorly. So, in effort to help jumpstart his career a television special was planned. Though it was filmed in June, it aired on December 3, 1968. It was simply called “Elvis” but throughout the years it’s came to be known as “’68 Comeback Special”.

In 1970 Elvis met with President Richard Nixon at the White House. He was there to express his patriotism as well as his contempt of the hippie drug culture. He wished to be appointed a “Federal Agent at Large”. Nixon found the encounter to be a little bizarre and nothing ever came from the meetings.

It was commonly known that Elvis had trouble staying true to just one woman; during his marriage to Priscilla he had affairs with Anita Wood and Ann-Margret. Even with all his infidelity when he found out that Priscilla was having an affair with Mike Stone, a karate instructor, Elvis went a little crazy. A bodyguard of Elvis’ had to go as far as get a price for a contract killing… though Elvis finally saw the error of his ways. The couple split and soon divorced, they agreed to share custody of their daughter Lisa Marie.

In 2006, a journalist wrote about his later life, “Elvis Presley had become a grotesque caricature of his sleek, energetic former self... he was barely able to pull himself through his abbreviated concerts”. Elvis had begun to abuse prescription drugs, which affected his health, mood and his career. He overdosed twice on barbiturates, which sent him into a coma that lasted three days.

Elvis’ final performance was held on June 26, 1977 at Indianapolis at the Market Square Arena.
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  1. Randel Gary Stephens Says:

    Elvis,than you so much for your music & movies.I am forever a fan of yours! You are definitely an inspiration to all who love you!

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    Well, Elvis it is 07/2012 and in 1 month will have been gone 35 years. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that you left us. You are still missed and we still hear you on the radio how FANTASTIC is that!!! Still Miss You!!!

  3. Pat Brown Says:

    Well, Elvis it is 07/2012 and in 1 month you will have been gone 35 years. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that you left us. You are still missed and we still hear you on the radio how FANTASTIC is that!!! Still Miss You!!!

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    My sister, a big fan of his, called me up screaming and crying saying the King is dead. Took me a minute to understand them words, King dead,,I said Jackie we don’t have a King, then she said Elvis,yea she was right, we did have a King, a King of every 50’s,60’s, 70’s girls heart.But he did it his way….

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