The very well known American singer and actor, Elvis Presley also known as “The King of Rock and Roll”, was born in Mississippi on the 8th of January 1935. When he was 13 he moved to Tennessee, the place where he decided to live the rest of his life.
Musical life and film career
He found his initial musical inspiration in an Assembly of God church attended by his parents.
His career began in 1953 when he walked in the Sun Record offices where he intended to pay few minutes in order to record two songs (“My happiness” and “That’s when your heartaches begin”) for his mum. Between 1953 and 1955, Elvis recorded regional hits for Sun. However, in 1955, Elvis had a contract with RCA Records, purchased by Colonel Tom Parker. In 1956, Presley was a regional sensation by by the end of the year he become a national and international star. His first two albums for RCA included songs like “Love me Tender”, “Don’t be cruel”, “Heartbreak hotel”. During that year he started started the movie “Love me Tender”, signed a 7 year contract with Paramount Pictures and appeared on national TV 11 times.
In 1957, Elvis made two movies called Loving You and Jailhouse Rock and recorded the soundtracks for both movies. Jailhouse Rock was a recording industry format that became a standard feature with the advent of MTV in the early 1980 s.
His fame grew when he came back from the U.S. Army. He started to star in films like “Blue Hawaii” and “Viva Las Vegas”. Even if he was not a trained actor, he was very charismatic.
In 1969 in Tennessee, Elvis recorded at Chips Moman’s American Sound Studios where he recorded two albums which consisted of songs like “Kentucky Rain:, Don’t Cry Daddy” and “Suspicious Minds” which went platinum.
When Elvis returned to the live stage after the success of his 1968 television special and the wrap-up of his Hollywood movie contract obligations, he opened at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in the summer of 1969 for a 4-week, 57-show engagement that broke all existing Las Vegas attendance records.
His fame and success continue to grow. We had 3 network television specials (seen by more than 1 billion people from 40 different countries) , over 1000 concerts in less than 10 years and in 1970 was named as one of the “Ten Outstanding young man of the Nation for 1970”
Few of the most greatest hits were: “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “Love Me,” “All Shook Up,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “One Night,” “A Fool Such as I,” “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Little Sister,” “Return to Sender,” “Suspicious Minds,”
“Top 40 hits”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNTPLH34ga0&noredirect=1
The connection between Breda and Elvis Presley:
The special connection between Presley and Breda is that one of his managers called Oud-Bredanaar Dries van Kuik comes from Breda and he was Elvis’ manager from 1955 since 1977 when Presley died. Another connection between Breda and Presley is that in Breda was an exposition which shown some of Elvis’ personal things which were never shown before.
Personal opinion about Presley’s music:
My favorite song written by Elvis is “Can’t help falling in love with you” because I like the lyrics but I don’t like all his songs generally because I don’t enjoy that much the background music.