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A still of Presley in his third film, Jailhouse Rock, filmed in 1957


Elvis Aaron Presley, popularly known by his first name Elvis, (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American musician, actor and performer. Presley became an essential figure of rock and roll and sang rock music, rockabilly, country, blues, and gospel. He has become an American cultural icon and a major figure in American popular culture. Presley is often known as "The King of Rock n' Roll" or simply "The King". Presley since his death has been referenced in many songs, books, movies, television shows and other forms of media and he has generated so much revenue since his death from sales of his works to tours of Graceland which only shows the longevity of his works and image and his continuing cultural relevance. Las Vegas culture is now in a sense synonymous with Presley.

Presley died on August 16, 1977 of complications due to prescription drug abuse and poor eating and health habits; he died in his home, Graceland, from cardiac arrest, a day before he was scheduled to go back on tour.

Presley has been inducted into four music halls of fame, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1971, and was nominated for fourteen Grammy Awards, winning three, all for gospel songs. He has also earned more than thirty number one hits, including the posthumous remix of "A Little Less Conversation". He also had ten #1 albums, tying him with Bruce Springsteen for number of #1 albums; only the Beatles (19) and Jay-Z (12) have more.

Presley is one of the most important popular culture icons of the twentieth century, and the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. He was one of the originators of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country music and rhythm and blues.

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