Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 â€“ August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name  Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

Born in tupelo Mississippi , Presley moved to Memphis Tennessee   with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with sun records  owner SAM Phillips  , who wanted to bring the sound of African american music   to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist scotty  Moore and bassist bill black  Presley was one of the originators of rockabilly , an uptempo, back beat -driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues rca rac victor quires his contract in a deal arranged by colonel tom Parker  who would manage the singer for over two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "heartbreak hotel  released in January 1956, was a number one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll  with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African american  sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in love me tender 

Conscripted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special  that led to an extended las vages concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, aloha from Hawaii  seen by approximately 1.5 billion viewers. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42.

Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads gospel  and blues . He is the best selling solo artist in the history of  popular music Nominated for 14 competitive grammys  he won three, and received the  grammys lifetime achievement award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple