Name: Elvis Presley

Alive: 1935-1977

Bio: Elvis Presley was an American singer and actor, commonly referred to as “the King of Rock”. Known as one of the originators of rock and roll, Elvis’ fusion of up-tempo rockabilly music and swing-inspired rhythm and blues led to the popularisation of a genre which would go on to inspire the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, making Elvis responsible for much of popular music’s greatest creations even to this day.

Quotes:

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away”

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine”

“The image is one thing and the human being is another. It's very hard to live up to an image, put it that way”

Popular Culture:

“Jailhouse Rock”, “Hound Dog”, “Suspicious Minds” – songs by Elvis

“Blue Hawaii”, “Viva Las Vegas” – films starring Elvis

“Elvis” – television movie, 2005

Further Reading:

  • Lew Allen, Elvis and the Birth of Rock (2007)
  • Red West, Sonny West and Dave Hebler, Elvis: What Happened? (1977)