Profession: Singer & Cultural Icon
Why Famous: Helped establish the emerging Rock and Roll sound, incorporating blues and gospel influences. Later became a movie star and a live concert artist. One of the most influential and best selling recording artists of the 20th century.
1967-05-01 - King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
Historical Events in the Life of Elvis Presley
1945-10-03 - Elvis Presley's 1st public appearance, he is 10
1953-06-14 - Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis Tenn
1954-01-04 - Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
1954-01-08 - Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
1954-04-05 - Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"
1954-07-30 - Elvis Presley joins Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71
1955-03-03 - Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"
1955-11-22 - RCA Victor's best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records & Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo Miss
1956-01-08 - Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog," single goes to #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
1956-01-27 - Elvis Presley's releases the single "Heartbreak Hotel"
1956-01-28 - Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
1956-01-30 - Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
1956-03-03 - Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
1956-04-21 - Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1
1956-05-11 - Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"
1956-07-01 - Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show
1956-07-02 - Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"
1956-08-04 - Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"
1956-08-11 - Elvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"
1956-08-18 - Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1
1956-08-22 - Elvis Presley begins filming "The Reno Brothers" (Love Me Tender)
1956-09-09 - Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the 1st time
1956-09-28 - RCA Records reports Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records
1956-10-16 - "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres
1956-11-15 - Elvis Presley's 1st film "Love Me Tender" premieres in NYC
1957-01-06 - Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
1957-10-21 - Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens
1957-12-20 - Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service
1958-03-24 - Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
1960-01-14 - US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant
1960-03-05 - Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army
1960-05-12 - Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special
1961-01-26 - "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1
1961-03-25 - Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona
1961-12-11 - Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks
1968-02-16 - Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"
1972-06-10 - Elvis Presley records a live album at NY's Madison Square Garden
1977-06-26 - Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career
1986-01-23 - 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, B Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)
1993-01-08 - Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale