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Elvis Presley - Considered by millions to be the "King of Rock and Roll," Elvis Aaron Presley, a shy country boy born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935, went on to become one of the most popular singers in the 20th century (apologies to Frank Sinatra and the like).

Elvis Presley

Graced with a pleasant baritone voice, and a swiveling set of sexy hipbones, Elvis made his first television appearance on JACKIE GLEASON'S STAGE SHOW STARRING TOMMY AND JIMMY DORSEY on February 11, 1956. He sang "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and made five more appearances in the following eight weeks.

Steve Allen saw him perform and scheduled him to sing on his show on July 1, 1956 singing "Hound Dog" to a sad-faced Bassett hound wearing a top hat.

Following that appearance, Presley performed live from Los Angeles on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW on September 9, 1956 singing "Don't be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Reddy Teddy," and "Hound Dog." And again, on January 7, 1957 when he sang "Too Much."

Elvis later did a "Singer Presents Elvis" special on December 3, 1968, resurrecting his old image dressed in tight black leather jacket and pants.

In 1973 he starred in "Aloha from Hawaii" broadcast live worldwide from Honolulu.

Elvis Presley died of a drug overdose on August 16, 1977.

TRIVIA NOTE: A television series called ELVIS/ABC/1990, produced by his former wife, Priscilla Presley, premiered on February 6, 1990. A look-alike actor, Michael St. Gerard portrayed Elvis, as he lived through the key moments of his early life and career. See also HOMES & MANSIONS:  "The Graceland Mansion"

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