Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll, died on this date in 1977. Born in Tupelo, MS and raised in Memphis, Elvis ultimately changed the face of American pop culture with music in the 1950s and 60s. He skyrocketed to the top of music charts with ten #1 albums and eleven hit singles, and he also made frequent appearances in film and television. He also served honorably in the US Army after being drafted in 1957.
While many critics argued that the King’s music would bring about the downfall of America’s youth, it ultimately defined a generation. He recorded over 600 songs, including hits like “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Return to Sender,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “All Shook Up.” The King’s rise to fame ushered in a new era of American music, and it also changed the face of our nation’s popular culture forever. Some estimates suggest that there are as many as 85,000 Elvis impersonators working today, which is pretty significant when you remember that Presley died 34 years ago!
In remembering Elvis and the milestone of his death, we’re asking our friends and followers to share their favorite Presley hits (you can find an exhaustive list of the singer’s many songs here). Are you a fan of the revamped “Little Less Conversation” that debuted in 2002, or do you enjoy the classic hits like “Don’t Be Cruel” or “Devil in Disguise”? Let us know in a comment, and play a few of the King’s songs on your iPod today in memory of this extraordinary talent!
Til next time,
The xtra xtra team
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