Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), was an American singer, musician and actor. He is a cultural icon, often known simply as Elvis; also "The King of Rock 'n' Roll", or simply "The King".
Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing 'black' and 'white' sounds, made him popular - and controversial - as did his uninhibited stage and television performances.
He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog" later embodying the style. He developed a versatile voice and had success with other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop.
The King of Rock'n'Roll
date, he is the only performer to have been inducted into three
separate music 'Halls of Fame'. Presley made thirty-three movies, the
majority during the 1960s, but he made a critically-acclaimed return to
live music in 1968, followed by performances in Las Vegas and across
Throughout his career, he set records for concert attendance, television ratings and records sales.
He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in the history of popular music. His death at age 42 shocked his fans worldwide.