Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Elvis!

ElvisElvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935–August 16, 1977), was an American singer, musician and actor. He is a cultural icon, often known as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll", or simply "The King".


1Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing "black" and "white" sounds, made him popular—and controversial—as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" later embodying the style. Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop. To date, he is the only performer to have been inducted into four music halls of fame.

In the 1960s, Presley made the majority of his thirty-three movies—mainly poorly reviewed musicals. In 1968, he returned to live music in a television special and thereafter performed across the U.S., notably in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, he set records for concert attendance, television ratings and recordings sales. He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in the history of popular music. Health problems plagued Presley in later life which, coupled with a punishing tour schedule and addiction to prescription medication, led to his premature death at age 42.


Here is a picture I took of Elvis when he was in St. Louis after a concert.  I believe this was after his last appearance at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis in 1976.  With him was his girlfriend Linda Thompson.
Elvis up close and personal_1


The start of one of his last concerts….


Elvis and Celine Dion duet on American Idol – If I Can Dream


How they did that….


Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley duet – In The Ghetto


 

2 comments:

xco said...

You must be an Elvis fan

Anonymous said...

why does lisa marie put so much black under her eyes? makes her look like a crack whore.