Elvis Presley died 40 years ago: Instead of a bicycle he got a guitar and that’s how it all began

Elvis Presley died 40 years ago: Instead of a bicycle he got a guitar and that’s how it all began


The king of the Rock N’ Roll – Elvis Presley died 40 years ago on 16 August 1977 and this week will be about him and his music journey.

Elvis Presley was born in 1935 in a relatively poor family in Tupelo in the south of Mississippi. For his 10th birthday, instead of the bicycle he dreamed of, he begged and wished, he received an eight-dollar guitar – the bicycle was too expensive for them. The whole thing between him and music started from there.

In the 1948, they are moved to Memphis where Elvis recorded his first vinyl at 19 age and he immediately became celebrity star.

Elvis Presley in U.S. Army

During the service in the military in the German Friedberg between 1958 and 1960 – he met then Priscilla, a 14-year-old girl. They married in 1967 and immediately had their first child – daughter Lisa Mary Presley.

Elvis and Priscilla had divorced in 1973 and the reason for that, was his dependence on sleeping tablets and sedatives as well as the lack of time for the family.

Elvis has many top hits such as: “Suspicious minds”, “Love Me Tender”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “All Shook Up”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “Hound Dog” and many more songs.

His last live performance was on June 26, 1977 in Indianapolis in front of 20,000 people. He was rebuked by obesity and just one day before his next concert, on 16 August, 1977 he was found dead in the toilet.

Doctors confirmed that it was a fatal cardiac arrhythmia, aided by the obesity and misuse of various substances. His last songs “Way Down” he recorded just days before he died.

Elvis’s legacy and monetary worth remain immensely strong in particular – according to Forbes’ list of top earning dead stars he earned $27million in 2016, and sold one million albums.

His property at Graceland has been visited by more than 20 million people since 1982 when he was open to the public, and every year property earned over $150 million for Memphis city.

All this week marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. In Graceland there are auctions, vigils, parties, concerts that come fans from around the world, and organizers say this year the visit will be the most massive. If Elvis was still alive he would be 82.


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