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Who Was Elvis Presley

Author : Geoff Edgers
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Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for another addition to the Who Was…? series! The King could not have come from humbler origins: Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, during the Depression, he grew up with the blues music of the rural South, the gospel music of local churches, and the country-western classics. But he forged a sound all his own—and a look that was all his own, too. With curled lip, swiveling hips, and greased pompadour, Elvis changed popular music forever, ushering in the age of rock and roll. Geoff Edgers’s fascinating biography of this icon of American pop culture includes black and- white illustrations on nearly every spread.

Elvis Presley for Ukulele Songbook

Author : Elvis Presley
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(Ukulele). Strum, sing and pick along with 20 classic hits from The King, expertly arranged for ukulele by Jim Beloff. Includes: All Shook Up * Blue Hawaii * Blue Suede Shoes * Can't Help Falling in Love * Don't * Heartbreak Hotel * Hound Dog * I Want You, I Need You, I Love You * It's Now or Never * Jailhouse Rock * Love Me * Love Me Tender * Loving You * Return to Sender * Suspicious Minds * Teddy Bear * and more.

Elvis Presley A Biography

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ABOUT THE BOOK “If he did things like that in the street, we’d lock him up.” —Oakland, CA Officer 230, assigned to security at Elvis Presley’s June 3, 1956 show at the Oakland Auditorium, in reference to Elvis' dance style You may know him by his epithets: The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, or maybe just The King. Memphis Flash. The Hillbilly Cat. Elvis the Pelvis. Sir Swivel, perhaps. Elvis Presley was a teen girl’s heartthrob, a studio’s golden goose, a movie star, a sexual icon, a rock legend. He battled both internal demons and management fiascos. He loved music, and both loved and loathed the fame it brought him. He influenced singers and bands as diverse as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Tom Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Pat Benatar, Queen, The Clash, Billy Idol, and Elton John. He found his sound in African-American gospel music and blended it with country and blues to produce a newfangled thing called “rock ‘n’ roll.” He started out with nothing and ended his life as a wealthy and generous man. He never performed a concert outside of North America (he played five shows in Canada in 1957), and yet his records went gold and platinum in countries such as Belgium, Sweden, Germany, France, Yugoslavia, South Africa, Japan, England, Australia, and Norway. He is known throughout the world by his first name. He has spurred fan clubs, blogs, impersonators, and tribute acts galore. Sometimes he’s spotted leaving the building, decades after his death. Graceland, his beloved Memphis mansion, is a mecca for fans worldwide. His records and outlandish costumes are on display, as well as his more personal mementos from an incredible life. Although his image has often descended into camp, Elvis was first and foremost an artist who was deeply engaged with the history and future of music and with blurring the racial divides in mid-century America. His 1950s material showcases the “musical idiot savant” with the “golden voice” and sensitive readings of popular ballads, while his 1960s and 1970s songs often belie Elvis' confident, stylized exterior. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll came from humble beginnings. Elvis Aaron (later Aron) and his twin brother, Jesse Garon, were born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8th, 1935, to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley. Jesse was stillborn, and as the Presleys did not have any other children, Elvis grew up as an only child. Gladys was 22 years old and Vernon only 18 when they had the future King. During morning prayers one day at East Tupelo Consolidated, ten-year-old Elvis sang the song “Old Shep” by Red Foley. One of his teachers, dazzled by the performance, encouraged him to enter a singing contest at the 1945 Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. Elvis placed fifth. After graduating high school in 1953, Elvis decided to cut his first record. He paid Sun Records to make a two-song disc, ostensibly as a present for his mother. While this motivation is indeed likely, Elvis seems to have had other, grander ideas: he wanted to be discovered. The receptionist at Sun Records, Marion Keisker, noted his talents, writing, “Good ballad singer. Hold” under his name. Sam Phillips, the boss over at Sun Records, invited Elvis back to the studio to record as many songs as he knew. None of them were quite right, and the day looked to be a failure. After they had all called it quits, Elvis began horsing around with his guitar, belting out Arthur Crudup’s 1946 “That’s All Right.” The rest of the band joined in. This was exactly the “white man [with] the Negro sound and the Negro feel” that Phillips was looking for. When the song hit the radio three days later, listeners called in to ask who the singer was... ...buy the book to read more!

Elvis Presley

Author : Fred Beltran
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On l'a gratifié d'innombrables surnoms dont le plus éloquent, le King. Elvis Presley, plus important phénomène de l'histoire de la musique enregistrée, est le Roi des Rois ! Au milieu des années 1950, catalysant divers courants, il impose le rock'n'roll sur la planète, renversant tout sur son passage avec une originalité, un charme et une fraîcheur irrésistibles. Son talent lui permet d'aborder tous les styles, il ne s'en prive pas. Son influence reste profonde et son personnage fait l'objet d'un culte qui jamais ne s'essouffle.

Elvis Presley

Author : Boris Zmijewsky
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Elvis Presley

Author : Steve Templeton
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A collection of movie posters that spans Elvis' film career. This work includes background information about each movie, along with specific information about each poster style and pricing.

Elvis Presley

Author : Stephanie Watson
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This informative title covers the life Elvis Presley. Readers learn of his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi and his familyÍs relocation to Memphis, Tennessee. PresleyÍs musical work is discussed, from his beginning singing Ole Shep at a state fair to his collaboration with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in Memphis to his recording of ThatÍs All Right, and his introduction to Colonel Tom Parker to his signing with RCA and his first hits Heartbreak Hotel, DonÍt Be Cruel, and Hound Dog through his television appearances Ed Sullivan and live performances such as 68 Comeback Special and Aloha From Hawaii. Opposition to his controversial dance moves by parents, ministers and lawmakers is included, including his censorship on the Steve Allen Show and public banning of his music. ElvisÍs movie career is included with hits such as Love Me Tender, Viva Las Vegas, Jailhouse Rock, and Blue Hawaii as is his military service in the US Army. PresleyÍs courtship with Priscilla Beaulieu is included, as is their marriage and the birth of their daughter Lisa Marie, their home Graceland, and their eventual divorce. ElvisÍs descent into drug use is included, leading to his death by heart failure at age 42. This book includes details of ElvisÍs life and covers the controversies surrounding his life and death. Lives Cut Short is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley

Author : Pamela Clarke Keogh
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That voice, those eyes, that hair, the cars, the girls...Elvis Presley revolutionized American pop culture when, at the age of twenty-one, he became the world's first modern superstar. A Memphis Beau Brummel even before he found fame, Elvis had a personal style that, like his music, had such a direct impact on his audience that it continues to influence us to this day. Elvis Presley compellingly examines Elvis' life and style to reveal the generous, complex, spiritual man behind the fourteen-carat-gold sunglasses and answers the question, "Why does Elvis matter?" "Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century," proclaimed Leonard Bernstein. By any measure, Presley's life was remarkable. From his modest beginnings in a two-room house to his meteoric rise to international fame, everything about his life -- his outsized talent to his car collection -- clamored for attention. And he got it; even today, Elvis continues to fascinate. Written with the assistance of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Pamela Clarke Keogh's biography draws on extensive research and interviews with Presley friends and family, among them Priscilla Presley, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Larry Geller, Bernard Lansky, famed Hollywood photographer Bob Willoughby, and designer Bill Belew. Offered access to the Graceland archives, the author considered thousands of images, selecting more than one hundred color and black-and-white photographs for this book, many of them rarely seen before. Both a significant biography of the greatest entertainer of our time and a provocative celebration of what Presley means to America today, Elvis Presley introduces the man behind the myth, a very human superstar beloved by millions.

Elvis Presley

Author : Joel Williamson
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One of the most admired Southern historians of our time paints an intimate portrait of Elvis Presley, set against the rich backdrop of Southern society, that illuminates the zenith of his career, showing how Elvis himself changed—and didn't—and providing a deeper understanding of the man and his times.