January 8, 1935 is a day of special importance in the music world. On this day, the King of Rock and Roll was born.
Elvis Presley, or simply Elvis, is a cultural icon and one of the world's greatest music legends. He has sold more than a billion records. His music was the start of everything we listen to today. Even the outstanding John Lennon once said, "Before Elvis, there was nothing."
Not only was Elvis a brilliant performer; he was also an exceptionally kind person. He dedicated his life to pleasing people. On several occasions, he was known to just give people cars for no reason than to be a good person.
Elvis began his life in a small house in Tupelo, Miss. When he was 13, his family moved to Memphis, where his fame would begin.
In 1954, only six years after the move, Elvis signed a deal with Sun Records, accompanied by guitarist Scott Moore and bassist Bill Black. These three men were among the original performers of rockabilly and helped popularize the sound, which is an up-tempo, backbeat fusion of country and rock.
In 1955, RCA Records signed Elvis and managed him for two years. During this time, Elvis' hit song "Heartbreak Hotel" and his self-titled first album were released. He became famous as a singer of the newly popular rock and roll sound.
He also had a series of television appearances in that time, including his famous performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," as well as a number of chart-topping hits. In November 1956, he made his film debut in "Love Me Tender."