Elvis Presley, considered by many to be “king of rock and roll,” was born in Tupelo, Miss., on Jan. 8, 1935. Elvis started out as a self-taught musician who sang in church and performed occasionally in school or local talent shows. While working as a truck driver, he began making some recordings with Sun Records in 1954 but two years later moved on to RCA Victor. “The King’s” first single under RCA, “Heartbreak Hotel,” was released that year and became an instant hit. The blend of country, rhythm, and blues made his music popular, while his risqué performance style made him irresistible – and controversial. With an estimated one billion records sold, Elvis made himself an international superstar. Graceland, Elvis’ Memphis home, is one of the most-visited private homes in the country.
“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.”
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