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Elvis Presley – A Story Of A Superstar

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President Carter was asked to declare a day of national mourning. Carter said; ‘Elvis Presley changed the face of American popular culture… He was unique and irreplaceable.’ Eighty thousand people attended his funeral. The streets were jammed with cars, and Elvis Presley films were shown on television, his records were played on the radio all day. In the year after his death 100 million Presley LPs were sold.

Elvis Presley was born on January 8th 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. His twin brother Jesse Garon died at birth. His parents were very poor and Elvis never had music lessons, but he was surrounded by music from an early age. His parents were very religious and Elvis regularly sang at church services. In 1948 when he as thirteen his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. He left school in 1953 and got a job as a truck driver.

In the summer of 1953 Elvis paid 4$ and recorded two songs for his mother’s birthday at Sam Phillip’s Sun records studio. Sam Phillips heard Elvis and asked him to record ‘That’s All Right’ in July 1954. 20,000 copies were sold. He made five more records for Sun and later he got 5,000$ for the RCA Records contract. He bought a pink Cadillac for his mother with this money.

In the next two years he recorded ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and made another fourteen records which were sold in million copies. In 1956 he also made his first film in Hollywood.

By 1968 many people had become tired of Elvis. He hadn’t performed live since 1960. In 1972 his wife left him. He died from a heart attack. He left his money to his only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. She became one of the richest people in the world when she was only nine years old.

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