Considered by many as the "King of Rock and Roll", Elvis Presley also starred numerous movies, some of them tributes to his songs. Even after death, Elvis Presley keeps selling his music, which in the present has surpassed the figure of 1000 million records sold.
Presley, Son to Vernon and Gladys Presley, was born a twin. Eventually his brother, Jesse Aaron Presley, died at birth. Elvis Presley had a hard and difficult childhood in Tupelo (Mississippi), until, after many vicissitudes, his parents decided to move to Memphis, where they gradually gained a certain economic stability. His father bought him his very first guitar at the age of 10. Young Elvis Presley was influenced musically in a big way by his mother .His passion for music includes blues, gospel, the Doo wop , country music , pop, and even some Mexican mariachi music and opera. His favorite singer was the tenor Mario Lanza, but Elvis Presley also enjoyed Dean Martin, as well as Arthur Crudup, and all the other rural blues musicians. He also explored the Indian (native american) music, as Elvis Presley had Cherokee ancestry on the maternal side.
On May 1, 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Ann-Beaulieau (known as Priscilla Presley), with whom he had his first and only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, a year later. In 1968, he returned to the top of the American hit parades after the airing of his 1968 Comeback TV Special. That same year Elvis reaffirmed his return to live concerts, with his presentations at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley visited President Richard Nixon in the White House where, after an exchange of gifts, they talked on the influence of drugs on the American youth.
By 1976-1977 Elvis image was far from that of the vigorous and full of energy boy that conquered the world. He was overweight and started to have problems memorizing the lyrics of the songs. Elvis Presley gave his last concert in June 26, 1977, in the Idiana's Market Square Arena, Indianapolis. In the early hours of August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley returned to his Graceland mansion after a dental appointment. After working over the details of his upcoming tour and resting with his family and friends, he went to his room around 7am. Around noon, Elvis Presley was found unconscious in the bathroom and was urgently transferred to the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where shortly afterwards was pronounced dead.