Elvis:The Life and
Times of the King
40 years after his tragic death, Elvis Presley, who has sold a billion records and transformed pop culture, is still the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Elvis Aaron Presley is born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, the second of identical twins. His brother was stillborn. Elvis' middle name was also sometimes spelled as Aron.
Elvis makes the first of three appearances on television's Ed Sullivan Show, attracting the highest ratings ever for any television variety show. His first movie, Love Me Tender, opens in November.Video Credit: The Ed Sullivan Show
Elvis makes television and entertainment history with his Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite. It is seen in about 40 countries by 1 billion to 1.5 billion people. The concert album hits No. 1 on the Billboard pop album chart - his last No. 1 album on that chart.Video Credit: PBS
Bruno Mars, Nicolas Cage and Johnny Cash are just some of the celebrities who have taken on the King's famous knee tremble over the years. In 2007 Shawn Klush was named the international champion of BBC1's World's Greatest Elvis competition and in August of that year, Klush was chosen by Graceland as the winner of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ first ever Ultimate Tribute Artist Contest.Video Credit: Ambassador Entertainment, Edited by: Ben Fiore.
Listen to Irish Elvis fans talk about their hero 10 years after his death, courtesy of RTÉ Archives.