Elvis Presley
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    Elvis Presley, Singer, Actor

    Born: 1935 | Died: 1977

    Elvis Presley was born in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. His last name Presley was anglicized after his ancestor Johann Valentin Pressler emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1710.

    Today Presley is known as “King of Rock N' Roll.” He is credited with paving the path toward rock n' roll with his unique blend of country music set off by blues vocals and a strong back beat in hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Suspicious Minds." He sold over one billion records worldwide. His American sales earned him gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles. Among his many awards were 14 Grammy nominations and three Grammy awards, one of which honored his Lifetime Achievement at the young age of 36.

    In the 1950s Presley served with the U.S. Army in West Germany and landed with other troops in Bremerhaven which now sponsors an annual Elvis festival. Subsequently, he recorded several songs in German. Additionally, Presley starred in 33 films including "Follow that Dream," "Live A Little," "Love a Little," "Tickle Me," "Blue Hawaii" and "Viva Las Vegas." His high energy performances and seductive hip swings have cemented him into the minds of past and present generations. Elvis Presley is considered one of the most important figures in the history of Rock and Roll and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001.