The 45th anniversary of Elvis Presley's passing is observed on Tuesday, August 16.

He continues to be regarded as the King and one of the biggest icons of American popular culture 45 years after his passing.

Vernon and Gladys Presley welcomed The King of Rock into the world on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, US.

His twin brother was stillborn, therefore he grew up as an only child.

His parents relocated to Memphis in 1948, where he attended Humes High School and graduated in 1953.

Gospel music and the era's mainstream and country music served as some of Elvis' earliest significant musical influences.

In 1954, he started his singing career by recording his first five tracks for the Memphis-based Sun Records label.


His recording contract was acquired to RCA Victor in 1955, and by 1956 he had become a worldwide superstar.

The King of Rock and Roll sold more than a billion records globally during the course of his career.

Over 150 albums and singles he produced have received gold, platinum, or multi-platinum certification.

Additionally, he was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards and won three times.

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