Elvis 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".
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.
Presley 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.
To date (May 2015), he has been inducted into 15 music halls of fame. In the 1960s, Presley made the majority of his 33 movies. 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.
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