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Other Service 1
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Army 1
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Birth:
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA 1
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Memphis, Tennessee, USA 1
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President Nixon and Elvis at their meeting in December 1970. Source: National Archives, ARC Identifier 1634221, http://media.nara.gov/Public_Vaults/5598_2004_t.jpg
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Acknowledgement of service obligation signed by Elvis Presley on March 24, 1958, to indicate that he understands that his total service obligation (both active and reserve) is 6 years Official Military Personnel File of Elvis A. Presley, NARA
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Elvis Presley exhibits in Elvis Presley Museum, located next to his birth place in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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Full Name:
Elvis Aaron Presley 3
Also known as:
The King, The King of Rock-n-roll 3
Full Name:
Elvis Presley 4
Birth:
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA 2
male 2
Birth:
08 Jan 1935 4
Death:
Memphis, Tennessee, USA 2
Cause: Heart attack 2
Death:
16 Aug 1977 1
Aug 1977 4
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Birth:
Mother: Gladys Love Smith 2
Father: Vernon Presley 2
Marriage:
Priscilla Ann Wagner 3
01 May 1967 3
Las Vegas, Nevada 3
To: 09 Oct 1973 3
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Other Service 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Service Start Date:
1958 1
Service End Date:
1960 1
Induction date:
24 Mar 1958 5
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Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all 3
Occupation:
Performer, Singer, Actor 3
Religion:
Christian 3
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Children:
Lisa Marie Presley: Born: February 1, 1968 3
Musical Achievements:
147: Albums to reach Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum 3
3 Awards; 14 Nominations: Grammy Awards 3
31: Movies he appeared in 3
Discharged from active duty:
05 Mar 1960 6
Induction into the army:
24 Mar 1958 6
Receives full sergeant stripes:
11 Feb 1960 6
Serves in the army:
Bad Nauheim, Germany 6
Arrives in West Germany on the USS Randall:
01 Oct 1958 7
Buys Graceland for $102,500:
07 Mar 1957 7
Draft notice arrives:
19 Dec 1957 7
Elvis gets his first guitar:
08 Jan 1946 7
He begins seeing Linda Thompson:
July 1972 7
His first album, Elvis, is released:
07 Mar 1956 7
Makes first appearance on Jackie Gleason's Show:
28 Jan 1956 7
Makes his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show:
09 Sep 1956 7
Officially discharged from the military:
05 Mar 1960 7
records his first two songs at Sun Studios:
Summer 1953 7
Releases "Heartbreak Hotel ":
27 Jan 1956 7
Releases the album Blue Hawaii:
October 1961 7
Signs a contract with RCA records worth $40,000:
November 1955 7
Stars as Vince Everett in Jailhouse Rock:
17 Oct 1957 7
Social Security:
Last Payment: Memphis, TN 4
Social Security Number: ***-**-2002 4

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Elvis Writes to President Nixon

Washington, D.C.

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Elvis Presley shot to fame during the 1950s, a time when America’s classic values of family and morality were strong. His performances, with his hip-swinging moves, flew in the face of proper behavior. In many ways, he created rock-n-roll, but by the 1970s, the rock culture embodied protest, violence, and drugs. The Elvis of the 70s fell far behind the radical rock groups of the time, and Elvis himself openly disliked the new pop-culture, especially the drugs. Although he struggled with an addiction to prescription drugs, Elvis wanted to turn back the drug tide. In December 1970, Elvis wrote a letter to President Nixon offering his services as an undercover informer for the narcotics bureau. The men met and discussed ways Elvis’s influence could be of use. Many accused Elvis of simply “badge collecting,” but whatever his motives, Elvis was an all-American. Elvis used his music to promote America in a time when many sought to destroy it through violence and drugs.

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“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.” -Elvis in 1956, talking about his way of moving on stage.

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Elvis Presley Birth Place

Tupelo, Mississippi

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Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. His birth place is open for public and there is also a museum on site.

Elvis in the Army

While Elvis Presley may have played a soldier in films like G.I. Blues, he was a soldier in real life as well, serving in the Army 1958 to 1960.

Elvis, like other young men of the time, had registered for the draft when he turned 18. Then, despite his ensuing fame, right before his 22nd birthday, in 1957, he went in for his pre-induction physical—where he was classified 1A, available for unrestricted military service, which meant the star’s draft notice would arrive sometime that year. It finally came in December, but Elvis was granted a deferment until March so he could finish his current film, King Creole.

Elvis was processed into the Army on 24 March 1958, surrounded by family, friends, and the media. The singer entered regular Army service as a private, rather than joining Special Services, which would have allowed him to attend basic training then only be required to put on a few performances a year for the military. Elvis was sent to Fort Hood, Texas, for basic training and was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division’s Tank Battalion. While he was at Fort Hood, his mother, with whom he was very close, got really ill. Elvis was granted emergency leave, and he was able to make it to her bedside before she passed away.

With his training complete, in September Elvis was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division and was sent to Germany. Apparently, Elvis served dutifully and well, despite the constant media attention, fledgling prescription drug abuse, and rumors of his partying. It was while he was serving in Germany that he met 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, whom he would marry seven years later. Elvis achieved the rank of sergeant in February 1960, and a month later, on 5 March, he was honorably discharged from active duty, at the age of 25. He was discharged from the Army Reserve four years later, in March 1964.

While Elvis had been busy with the Army, his manager, Tom Parker, had been busy keeping the singer’s career rolling. Over the two years of Elvis’s service, Parker released songs that had been pre-recorded, and 10 of those became top 40 hits. Less than a month after returning home, Elvis recorded a new album and a single, “Stuck on You,” which hit number one on the charts the following month. Despite his fear that his fans would leave him in his two-year absence, Elvis was back in business.

(source: http://spotlights.fold3.com/2013/07/31/elvis-in-the-army/)

Elvis Biography, Turner Classic Movies

Dubbed "The King of Rock n' Roll," Elvis Presley transcended multiple musical genres and entertainment mediums, ultimately becoming a global phenomenon - the 20th Century personification of America's great potential, mirrored by its predisposition for self-destruction. As a teenager, Presley was discovered by Sam Phillips at Memphis' famous Sun Studio, home of other future musical giants like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. A scant three years later, under the Svengali-like guidance of manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, the young singer exploded onto the national stage with a series of controversial TV appearances, culminating with three star-making guest spots on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971). The making of hit singles such as "Heartbreak Hotel" and movie roles in films like "Jailhouse Rock" (1957) were temporarily sidelined when the hip-shaking heartthrob was drafted into the U.S. Army for two years in 1958. After his triumphant return in 1960, Presley soon shifted his focus from music and live performances to his work in film. For almost 10 years, he would churn out nearly 30 films - which began a steady decline in quality by the mid-1960s - as his once prolific and groundbreaking recording career lost the relevance it had previously enjoyed. With his mesmerizing comeback in the televised special "Elvis" (NBC, 1968), Presley reinvented himself and rediscovered his passion for live performance. His historic globally broadcast live concert "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" (1973) would be the pinnacle of a career that had already exceeded existing perceptions of fame and success. Sadly, the years that followed saw Presley's physical and emotional state deteriorate due to the shocking pharmacopeia he had for so long relied upon to meet the grueling demands of constant touring. When Presley died at the age of 42 in August of 1977, it was simultaneously the end of a career unlike anything the world had ever known and the beginning of a true cultural icon.

Elvis Presley Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Elvis Presley is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. He rose from humble circumstances to launch the rock and roll revolution with his commanding voice and charismatic stage presence. In the words of the historical marker that stands outside the house where he was born: “Presley’s career as a singer and entertainer redefined popular music.”

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935, and grew up surrounded by gospel music of the Pentecostal church. In 1948 the family moved to Memphis, where he was exposed to blues and jazz on Beale Street. After graduating from high school in 1953, an 18-year-old Presley visited the Memphis Recording Service - also the home of Sun Records - to record his voice. Owner/producer Sam Phillips was struck by the plaintive emotion in Presley’s vocals and subsequently teamed him with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. In July 1954 the trio worked up “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - blues and country songs, respectively - in a crackling, uptempo style that stands as the blueprint for rock and roll.

After five groundbreaking singles, Presley’s contract was sold to RCA Records and his career quickly took off. “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” - his last single for Sun and first for RCA - went to #1 on the country charts. “Heartbreak Hotel,” a haunting ballad, became his first across-the-board hit, holding down the top spot for eight weeks. Presley’s hip-shaking performances on a series of TV variety shows, including Ed Sullivan’s, generated hysteria and controversy. From blistering rockers to aching balladry, Presley captivated and liberated the teenage audience. His historic string of hits in 1956 and ‘57 included “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

Presley’s career momentum was interrupted by a two-year Army stint in Germany, where he met his future wife, Priscilla. For much of the Sixties, he occupied himself with movie-making and soundtrack-recording. His albums of sacred songs, such as How Great Thou Art, stand out from this otherwise fallow period. Presley’s standing as a rock and roller was rekindled with an electrifying TV special, simply titled Elvis and broadcast on December 3, 1968. He followed this mid-career renaissance with some of the most mature and satisfying work of his career. Recording in Memphis, he cut such classic tracks as “In the Ghetto, “Suspicious Minds” and “Kentucky Rain” with the soulful, down-home musicians at American Studio.

If the Fifties were devoted to rock and roll and the Sixties to movies, the Seventies represent the performing chapter in Presley’s career. He toured constantly, performing to capacity crowds around the country until his death. Presley died of a heart attack at Graceland, his Memphis mansion, on August 16, 1977. He was 42 years old. How big was Elvis?

Statistically, he holds records for the most Top 40 hits (104), the most Top 10 hits (38) and the most weeks at Number One (80). As far as his stature as a cultural icon, which continues to grow even in death, writer Lester Bangs said it best: “I can guarantee you one thing - we will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.”

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