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LIFE Elvis

LIFE Elvis

LIFE Elvis

Celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll with this keepsake biography of Elvis Presley, lavishly illustrated with dozens of historic photos, including many from the archives of LIFE magazine. A detailed timeline traces Elvis's life from when he received his first guitar to his glory days filled with recording, acting, and gyrating for shrieking fans, to his great '68 comeback, and right up to his untimely death in 1977. Intimate photojournalism combines with insightful text to reveal Elvis behind the scenes: at Graceland and on the road, with Priscilla and Lisa Marie, in front of the cameras, and on the stage. Explore the days of "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," "Blue Christmas" and so many other unforgettable hits.

Paese:
United States
Lingua:
English
Editore:
Meredith Corporation
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3 minuti
he’ll always be elvis

There’s plenty of kitsch to indulge in on a visit to Graceland, the estate-turned-tourist-mecca where Elvis lived for the last 20 years of his abbreviated life. You might stay in a nearby motel with a guitar-shaped swimming pool and in-room televisions that show Elvis movies 24 hours a day. You might find yourself in a diner ordering deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. You might pony up for a stained-glass Elvis Christmas tree ornament. But theme meals and tchotchkes would not be enough to lure the 600,000 visitors who come to Graceland each year, even now, decades later. It has been 42 years since the hot-awful summer of 1977 when, on the evening of August 16, newscasters and headline writers in 50 U.S. states and then in provinces around the world…

5 minuti
january 8, 1935

JANUARY 1935 Elvis’s childhood home in Tupelo, Mississippi (above), where he spent lazy afternoons on the porch swing. Today, the building is a historic site and museum. JANUARY 1946 For his 11th birthday Elvis’s mother buys him a guitar at the hardware store—the most important gift he will ever receive—in lieu of the rifle he had wanted. Soon he is bringing it to school almost every day, singing for his friends at lunchtime, talking dreamily about the Grand Ole Opry. On one occasion, bullies swipe it and cut the strings. SEPTEMBER 1949 Unable to hold a steady job, Vernon Presley decides to move the family to Memphis. The city is steeped in music: There is blues on Beale Street, country on the radio and gospel everywhere—especially at the Poplar Street Mission, across the street from…

11 minuti
making of a star

OCTOBER 1955 The Elvis Presley Jamboree, managed by Colonel Parker, kicks off in Texas. The bill includes future stars Floyd Cramer and Johnny Cash. NOVEMBER 1955 Burdened by debts, Sam Phillips sells Elvis’s Sun contract to RCA Victor for the unheard-of sum of $35,000, plus $5,000 for back royalties. It’s a career-risking bet by RCA executive Steve Sholes. JANUARY 1956 Elvis makes his national television debut on Stage Show, produced by Jackie Gleason and hosted by the Dorsey brothers. Gleason’s opinion: “He can’t last. I tell you flatly, he can’t last.” APRIL 1956 The first national magazine to do a story on Elvis is LIFE—which describes him as a “howling hillbilly.” JULY 1956 Dressed in tails, he appears on The Steve Allen Show and sings “Hound Dog” to a top-hatted basset hound named Sherlock. Elvis calls this the “most…

1 minuti
the vinyl elvis: platinum

7 minuti
rockin’ the army

5 minuti
prisoner of hollywood

JULY 1963 As filming begins on Viva Las Vegas, Elvis begins a torrid affair with costar Ann-Margret. (“She’s the female you,” a friend tells him.) The film turns out to be one of Elvis’s best, largely because of the magnetism between the stars. After his death, many of Elvis’s friends will insist that it was she whom Elvis wanted to wed—and should have. AUGUST 1965 Elvis meets his mop-topped rivals when the Beatles stop by his Bel-Air, California, digs for a chat and a bit of a sing. Paul McCartney is amazed by Elvis’s remote-control TV switch: “He was the first guy I ever saw who had one of those.” FEBRUARY 1967 Elvis purchases the Circle G Ranch near Walls, Mississippi, for about $300,000. For a while he and the Memphis Mafia enjoy dressing up…