45 years ago today, the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley died.

With a new piece of news, forty-five years after his death he still holds his place as king and one of the greatest icons of American pop culture.

The King of Rock was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, USA, to Vernon and Gladys Presley. He grew up as an only child as his twin brother died. His parents moved to Memphis in 1948, where he moved to Humes in 1953. Graduated from high school.

Elvis’ first major musical influence was the pop and country music of the time, and the gospel music he heard in church as a teenager, as well as the black R&B he heard on historic Beale Street, was his first guitar in Tupelo.

Elvis Presley began his singing career with the Sun Records label in Memphis in 1954, recording his first five singles, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor in 1955.

The King of Rock and Roll has sold over a billion records worldwide. He produced over 150 albums and singles certified Gold Platinum and Multi-Platinum.

Elvis Presley also starred in 33 films and made several television appearances and special appearances in the US Army as a regular soldier from 1958 to 1960, despite being given the option to join the special service branch responsible for military entertainment.

Elvis died unexpectedly of heart failure at the age of 42 while living at his Memphis home in Graceland Graceland on August 16, 1977. He is considered one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture.

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