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Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977)

In 1948, after his family has moved to Memphis, Elvis Presley builds his musical distinctive style made of blues and gospel. From 1955, his career, launched by his manager, the dubious 'Colonel' Tom Parker, the young singer rapidly becomes one of rockabilly's most charismatic and popular interpreter with such hits as Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender and Hound Dog. He shocks older crowds with his lascivious performances insisting on pelvic moves which earned him the nickname, Elvis the Pelvis that led to a veritable mania. The performer was promptly featured in various films such as Jailhouse Rock, in 1957 and Kid Creole, in 1958 before being enlisted as a soldier – a period during which he was introduced to amphetamines, karate and Priscilla. Elvis Presley triumphantly returned in 1960 and focused on films, mostly musicals, starring in such features as Blue Hawaii, in 1961 and Viva Las Vegas, in 1964 that nonetheless produced hit songs such as It's Now or Never and Can't Help Falling in Love. In the meantime, he was supplanted in pop culture's Zeitgeist by such figures as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones which pushed Elvis Presley reinvent himself and make an incredible comeback during a Christmas special television show that resurrected the King of Rock n' Roll. He then returned to energetic live performances that enthralled thousands of fans and, to keep up with his hectic schedule of touring, the singer relied dangerously on an array of pharmaceuticals, transforming his consumption into drug abuse. He therefore highly deteriorated himself emotionally and physically, gaining much weight and becoming a bloated, sweaty caricature of himself wearing his signature karate-like glittery jumpsuits. This self-destruction led to his premature death that did not end the global phenomenon but instead created a cultural fascination with worldwide fans organising Mecca-like pilgrimages to Elvis Presley's Graceland manor: the King is dead, long live the King!

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Elvis Presley outside Jim's Barber Shop on South Main Street, Memphis, 1956
Elvis Presley outside Jim's Barber Shop on South Main Street, Memphis, 1956
Portrait of Elvis Presley, Nashville Studio B, June 1958
Portrait of Elvis Presley, Nashville Studio B, June 1958
Bob Adelman, Visitor views Andy Warhol's Elvis Presley at Leo Castelli Gallery, USA. New York City. 1965 © Bob Adelman/Magnum Photos
Bob Adelman, Visitor views Andy Warhol's Elvis Presley at Leo Castelli Gallery, USA. New York City. 1965 © Bob Adelman/Magnum Photos
Ann Margret and Elvis Presley on the set of Viva Las Vegas directed by George Sidney, 1964
Ann Margret and Elvis Presley on the set of Viva Las Vegas directed by George Sidney, 1964
 Ann Margret and Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas directed by George Sidney, 1964
Ann Margret and Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas directed by George Sidney, 1964
Elvis Presley in Charro directed by Charles Marquis Warren, 1969
Elvis Presley in Charro directed by Charles Marquis Warren, 1969
Alfred Wertheimer, The Kiss: Elvis Presley and his date at Mosque Theater, Richmond, 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, The Kiss: Elvis Presley and his date at Mosque Theater, Richmond, 1956
Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls! directed by Norman Taurog, 1962
Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls! directed by Norman Taurog, 1962
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Harum Scarum directed by Gene Nelson, 1965
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Harum Scarum directed by Gene Nelson, 1965
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Jailhouse Rock directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Jailhouse Rock directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Jailhouse Rock directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Jailhouse Rock directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Jailhouse Rock directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Jailhouse Rock directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Judy Tyler and Elvis Presley in
Judy Tyler and Elvis Presley in directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Kid Galahad directed by Phil Karlson, 1962
Portrait of Elvis Presley for Kid Galahad directed by Phil Karlson, 1962
Portrait of Elvis Presley for King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Portrait of Elvis Presley for King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Portrait of Elvis Presley and Carolyn Jones for King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Portrait of Elvis Presley and Carolyn Jones for King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Portrait of Elvis Presley and Carolyn Jones for King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Portrait of Elvis Presley and Carolyn Jones for King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Robert W.Kelley, Portrait of Elvis Presley, Jacksonville, 1956
Robert W.Kelley, Portrait of Elvis Presley, Jacksonville, 1956
Elvis Presley poses for a portrait, circa 1956
Elvis Presley poses for a portrait, circa 1956
Elvis Presley on the set of King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley on the set of King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley on the set of King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley on the set of King Creole directed by Michael Curtiz, 1958
Elvis Presley in Roustabout directed by John Rich, 1964
Elvis Presley in Roustabout directed by John Rich, 1964
Elvis Presley on the set of Roustabout directed by John Rich, 1964
Elvis Presley on the set of Roustabout directed by John Rich, 1964
Joan Freeman, Elvis Presley and Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Roustabout directed by John Rich, 1964
Joan Freeman, Elvis Presley and Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Roustabout directed by John Rich, 1964
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis Presley and Ann Margret in Viva Las Vegas directed by George Sidney, 1964
Elvis Presley and Ann Margret in Viva Las Vegas directed by George Sidney, 1964
Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1956
Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1956
Elvis Presley playing a piano at home
Elvis Presley playing a piano at home
Don Cravens, Elvis and the Jordanaires in a Nashville studio, 1956
Don Cravens, Elvis and the Jordanaires in a Nashville studio, 1956
Elvis Presley entered the United States Army at Memphis, Tennessee, on March 24, 1958
Elvis Presley entered the United States Army at Memphis, Tennessee, on March 24, 1958
Elvis Presley,in The Milton Berle Show, 1950's
Elvis Presley,in The Milton Berle Show, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1960's
Elvis Presley, 1960's
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, backstage 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, backstage 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis Presley, 1955
Elvis Presley, 1955
Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, 1969
Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, 1969
Debra Paget and Elvis Presley on The Milton Berle Show, 1956
Debra Paget and Elvis Presley on The Milton Berle Show, 1956
Elvis Presley on The Milton Berle Show, 1956
Elvis Presley on The Milton Berle Show, 1956
Bill Ray, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1958
Bill Ray, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1958
Bill Ray, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1958
Bill Ray, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1958
Henri Dauman, Elvis Presley's birthday. Graceland, 1960. Memphis, Tennessee
Henri Dauman, Elvis Presley's birthday. Graceland, 1960. Memphis, Tennessee
Bob Willoughby, Portrait of Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren
Bob Willoughby, Portrait of Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren
Elvis Presley preparing his hair for forthcoming entry into the Army, 1956
Elvis Presley preparing his hair for forthcoming entry into the Army, 1956
Elvis Presley and Bernard Lansky at the Lansky Brothers' clothing store, Memphis 1956
Elvis Presley and Bernard Lansky at the Lansky Brothers' clothing store, Memphis 1956
Elvis Presley arrives in Hawaï and begins rehearsal for Aloha from Hawaï, 1973
Elvis Presley arrives in Hawaï and begins rehearsal for Aloha from Hawaï, 1973
Elvis Presley, Los Angeles, 1968
Elvis Presley, Los Angeles, 1968
Lisa Marie as a baby in 1968 with parents Priscilla and Elvis Presley
Lisa Marie as a baby in 1968 with parents Priscilla and Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis Presley poses beside a Christmas tree in his home in Memphis, Tenn. 1957's
Elvis Presley poses beside a Christmas tree in his home in Memphis, Tenn. 1957's
Elvis Presley poses with co-star Barbara Lang in Los Angeles, Ca., in April 1957
Elvis Presley poses with co-star Barbara Lang in Los Angeles, Ca., in April 1957
Elvis Presley written examination as he is processed for the U.S Army in Menphis, Tennesse, January 1957
Elvis Presley written examination as he is processed for the U.S Army in Menphis, Tennesse, January 1957
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley in 68 Comeback Special at NBC Studio in Burbank, June 68
Elvis Presley in 68 Comeback Special at NBC Studio in Burbank, June 68
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley and Jerry Leiber look over the sheet music for Jailhouse Rock, 1957
Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley and Jerry Leiber look over the sheet music for Jailhouse Rock, 1957
Elvis Presley posing at CBS studios, 1950's
Elvis Presley posing at CBS studios, 1950's
Elvis Presley and one of his prized Cadillacs, Memphis, 1957
Elvis Presley and one of his prized Cadillacs, Memphis, 1957
Elvis Presley in an undated photograph at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, probably 1956-1957
Elvis Presley in an undated photograph at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, probably 1956-1957
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley poses with his parents, Vernon and Gladys, circa 1956
Elvis Presley poses with his parents, Vernon and Gladys, circa 1956
Loomis Dean, Portrait of Elvis Presley, Germany, 1958
Loomis Dean, Portrait of Elvis Presley, Germany, 1958
Robert W. Kelley, Portrait of Elvis Presley on stage, Jacksonville, Florida 1956
Robert W. Kelley, Portrait of Elvis Presley on stage, Jacksonville, Florida 1956
Al Fenn, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Al Fenn, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis Presley performing at The Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida, 1956
Elvis Presley performing at The Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida, 1956
Portrait of Elvis Presley During the Filming of Loving You, 1956. Photo by Bill Avery
Portrait of Elvis Presley During the Filming of Loving You, 1956. Photo by Bill Avery
Elvis Presley Photos by William Speer, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos by William Speer, 1955
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis Presley On Stage 1956, Milton Berle Show
Elvis Presley On Stage 1956, Milton Berle Show
Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock directed by Richard Thorpe, 1957
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Alfred Wertheimer, Portrait of Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis and Priscilla Presley on their wedding day,1967
Elvis and Priscilla Presley on their wedding day,1967
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1950's
Elvis Presley, 1950's
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