Elvis Presley Research Papers

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Kayna Sollars Stallings English2 May 2, 2013 Rough Draft You may have heard of an American legend widely known as the “King” of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley. Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi January 8, 1935. He was born to a poor family following the stillborn birth of his twin brother Jesse Garon Presley. Elvis’s family went to the Assembly of God Church and sang in the choir. When he was ten years old Elvis sang in front of several hundred people at the annual Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show and won a prize for singing Old Shep for a contest sponsored by a local radio- station. For his eleventh birthday he got his first guitar which his Uncle Vester and the church pastor taught him how to play. Elvis would…show more content…
She moved in with him in 1962. Elvis made 27 movies during the ‘60s. In his movies Elvis always played the “good guy.” And of course there was a movie in 1960 after he returned which featured Elvis in his military uniform. He played a cowboy in Flaming Star (1960) and a boxer in Kid Galahad (1962). His most successful movie was Blue Hawaii (1961). Elvis married Priscilla May 1, 1967 and nine months later February 1968, Elvis’ only child Lisa Marie Presley was born. He made his famous “comeback” June of 1968. 1969 Elvis filmed his last movie and made his Las Vegas comeback. 1971 he received an award for “Ten Outstanding Young Men of America.” 1973 Elvis performed his NBC- TV special “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii.” 1973 Elvis also obtained a divorce from his wife, Priscilla. Elvis was hospitalized many times for hypertension, heart arrhythmias, headaches, impacted colon, and gastroenteritis and he had also been taking many prescription medications, including narcotics, amphetamines, opiates, and antidepressants. August 16, 1977 Elvis was found dead on his bathroom floor in Graceland. He was buried next to his mother. Elvis and his mother were later moved to the grounds of Graceland.…show more content…
Jerry Lee Lewis was born September 29, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana. When he was ten years old he shared piano lessons with his cousins. Lewis mixed rock- solid boogie patterns with gospel and country. His mother enrolled him in a bible college in Waxahatchie, Texas so that he would be exclusively singing his songs to the Lord. They say that the Killer did a boogie- woogie version of “My God Is Real” at a church Assembly which got him thrown out of Bible College. Jerry Lee was also turned down by the Louisiana Hayride. Assistant to Sam Phillips, the President of Sun records, Jack Clement paired Lewis with Roland James on guitar and J.M. Van Eaton on drums which became Lewis’ recording band for almost the whole seven years he recorded with Sun. Jerry Lee’s first single was a hopped- up version of Ralph Mooney’s “Crazy Arms.” After the first single Lewis was in the Sun studios playing backup piano on a Carl Perkins session and Elvis Presley showed up near the end of the session. Perkins, Lewis, and Presley along with Johnny Cash recorded an impromptu jam session, which was later called the Million Dollar Quartet. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” went to number one on the country and R&B charts. “His television appearances and stage shows were legendary for their manic energy, and his competitive nature to outdo anyone else on the bill led to the story about how he once set his piano on fire at

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