‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Becomes Elvis’s First Number One Track

Elvis Makes Music History

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On January 27, 1956, “Heartbreak Hotel” is sent to all the major radio stations by the production company known as RCA. Soon the song becomes number one on the pop singles chart and goes on to become number one on the country charts. This is the first track that Elvis has that becomes number one. It also hits the number five ranking on the R & B charts.

During those first three weeks of sells, over 300,000 copies of the record are sold. It also is the first record by Elvis that sells over a million copies. This earns Elvis the first Gold reward. Yes, Elvis begins to make music history with this very first number one song.

On January 28 of this same year, Elvis makes his first national televised appearance. It is on a television show known as “Stage Show,” which aired on CBS. It starred Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and was produced by Jackie Gleason. The appearance was a huge success and his fans begged to see more of him.  Thus, he made a few more appearances in the following weeks.

On March 25, 1956, Elvis tries out for his first movie role. He flies out to Hollywood to meet with the studio executives from Paramount Studios. While he is there, he has to take part in a screen test. This test involves him lip synching to the song “Blue Suede Shoes” and actually doing dome dialogue scenes. The movie will eventually be named “The Rainmaker.” In April, he signs a contract with Paramount and his movie career begins.

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Elvis Received His Fist Guitar In The 1946

His performing bug begins.

In 1946, music began to change for the first time. It all started when young Elvis wanted a bicycle.  At the time, Elvis was eleven years old. He wanted a bicycle but because of their fincial situation, his parents couldn’t afford this type of purchase. Elvis accepted a guitar instead. At the time, they could purchase a guitar at a cheaper price. It cost them $12.95 and it was purchased at their local hardware store. This guitar helped to guide Elvis into his musical career, the one that would change the musical world.

On November 6, 1948, Elvis used the guitar that his parents gave him and sang a song to his junior high class. He sang the song “Leaf On A Tree.” This was the last song he sang in this town because soon his family moved to another city, hoping to find a better way of life. 

His parents had decided it was time to try to find a new and better life. They were packing up the family and heading to Memphis, Tennessee. Other family members from both the Presley and Smith side of the family would be joining them in hopes of finding better jobs.

Once the family arrives in Tennessee, the entire family gets jobs, including young Elvis. He also attends L.C. Humes High School and Assembly of God Church, as he begins to take in the black blues and gospel music around him. He also begins to wear his hair a bit longer.

While attending school, Elvis enters another talent show. The crowd loves his performance and the applause is something that Elvis instantly enjoys. He even plays an encore for the crowd. His performing bug begins.

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Elvis Presley: The Early Years

When Elvis was ten years old, he entered his first musical competition.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935. His parents were Vernon and Gladys Presley. He grew up in a small, two room house in the town of Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis was born at home. His father and his uncle helped to deliver him. He was an only child. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was still born. One has to wonder if Jessie had lived, if would have had the same talent as Elvis.

Although, Elvis’s family was not rich, they were all close. He grew up in the small town of Tupelo with his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. They were all working class people. Work, family and church were the center of his family’s life, as was raising young Elvis.

His parents made sure that Elvis knew the teaching of the church. He grew up attending The Assembly of God church. This became his first big musical influence. As he grew older, he soon fell in love with blues music, too.

When Elvis was ten years old, he entered his first musical competition. The competition was held in Tupelo. It was the annual Mississippi Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. The event was being covered by WELO Radio. Young Elvis sung the song: “Old Shep.” He won 5th place. The prize consisted of $5.00 worth of fair ride tickets.

This was Elvis’s first taste of victory.  Yet, he had many more in his life. This musical legend went on to win 3 Grammy’s, including a Grammy for A Lifetime Achievement Award

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Elvis Presley: We All Know His Name

"During his career, he won 3 Grammy’s and A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the young age of 36."

Elvis Presley. We all knew who he was. We all know that millions cried the day he died. Most of us know someone who is still an avid fan of this phenomenal singer/actor. This writer has an aunt who is still in love with him today, as she was during her teenage days. She collects everything that is related to Elvis. You name and she has it. She has every known collectible from a bedframe with his signed name attached to the headboard to every record she can find. She loves the man, known as “The King.”

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935. His parents were Vernon and Gladys Presley. They lived in Tupelo, Mississippi.

His first number one hit was “HeartBreak Hotel.” It became number one in 1956. This song and many like it had a rockabilly sound that was influenced by the African American music of the time. After “Heartbrek Hotel” became number one, Elvis became the trend setter in Rock music. He became a familiar face on many network television shows.

He quickly began producing more songs and then he began his acting career. His first film was entitled “Love Me Tender.” It was released in 1956.

In 1958, he joined the Army for two years. Then in 1960 he relaunched his music and film career.

During his career, he won 3 Grammy’s and A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the young age of 36.

Then the unthinkable happen. On August 16, 1977, “The King”, Elvis Aaron Presley died from an overdose. The world was shocked.

Yet, his legend still lives today. His fans continue to worship, the singer, the actor, the man.

Elvis Presley Starring In "Flaming Star"

Are You Lonesome Tonight?...

A standard Elvis movie is “Flaming Star”. It was released in 1960 and tells the story of the Pacer Burton. Pacer is half Indian, half white. He has a brother named Clint and the story is based in Texas. However, travel starts when his mother’s people start attacking and raiding the white settlers that have invaded their territory. Pacer is not sure which side to take as he is both Indian and white. As in all of Presley’s films, “Pacer” has a woman he falls in love with called Roslyn Pierce. Roslyn is played by actress Barbara Eden.

“Flaming Star” is based on a novel by Clair Huffaker, entitled “Flaming Lance”. It took the producers, Twentieth Century Fox, two years to decide who to cast in the leading role of “Pacer”. The film was not quite as successful as it was hoped it would be – it only hit number 12 on the box office list. However, critics were impressed with his acting and many critics thought he was quite believable in this role.

 

Presley sang some of his most memorable songs during “Flaming Star”. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “It’s Now or Never” were two of the biggest hits to make it to the movie’s soundtrack. This is one of the few of Presley’s movies in which only a small number of songs are included in the film. Presley had requested that two of the songs be removed. However, anniversary editions of this movie are released with these two extra songs.

Elvis Presley Starring in "Blue Hawaii"

One movie that Elvis did star in during 1961 is the popular Blue Hawaii. The movie was actually filmed on location in Hawaii. The movie is based on a screenplay that is written by Hal Kanter. It won the award for the Best American Musical in 1962. 

Blue Hawaii is one of Elvis Presley's best films. It started at number two on the box office list when the film was first released. The critics did not warm to it, but the public loved it. It became so popular that it won 4th place in the Top Musical Laurel Award of 1961.

The plot of the movie is quite basic. It involves the life of Chad Gates, played by Elvis Presley, who was previously completing military duty. After the end of the war, Chad returns home to his life in sunny Hawaii. Instead of getting a job at the beginning, Chad decides that it is now his turn to party. He spends most of his days just hanging out with friends and surfing. He has a girlfriend called Joan Blackman played by Maile Duval.

 

The irresponsible behaviour of Chad catches the eye of his mother, Sarah Lee and she tells Chad that he must find a job. She suggests that he goes to work at the fruit company. However, Chad goes to work for his girlfriend's family. Chad's mother is played by Angela Lansbury. The movie went on to become one of the top 10 grossing movies of Presley's career.

The Million Dollar Quartet Live

Clash of the Titans

 

On Tuesday, December 4th, 1956; Carl Perkins and his brothers Clayton and Jay and drummer W.S. Holland walked into Sun Records in downtown Memphis. Their goal was to develop new material to follow up Carl’s hit “Blue Suede Shoes” starting with an old blues song “Matchbox”.

Sam Phillips, owner and operator of Sun brought in an unknown talent he had just acquired who sang and played piano and would accompany Perkins on his new record. His name was Jerry Lee Lewis.

During that session, a somber young man who had found fame with a few country songs he recorded at Sun showed up to listen to Perkins play. His name was Johnny Cash.

Later that morning, a former Sun artist turned RCA artist showed up to pay a casual visit. He brought along his girlfriend Marilyn Evans, and was the hottest name in show business. His name was Elvis Presley.

Shortly after, a jam session began between all those artists. Cowboy Jack Clement was minding the board that session and thought it may be a good idea to record this. He did and the rest, as they say, is history.

That historic moment has been brought to life on Broadway and in Chicago and also touring the United States in “Million Dollar Quartet Live”.

Hearing the songs from the icons like never before you’ll be transported back to 1956 and be a fly on the wall of this monumental gathering. Nominated for a Tony, the Broadway hit will be hitting theatres near you!

 

Elvis Presley Starring in "G. I. Blues"

This movie was first released in 1960. It was released right after Elvis had returned from his mandatory stint within the army. It was in second place for the box office hits when it was released in 1960. This romantic comedy tells the story of Tulsa McLean.

The story behind the movie is quite movie. Elvis Presley plays “Tulsa McLean” who is an army specialist. Tulsa would like to develop his singing career.  He is in the army stationed in West Germany, but would like to one day open his own night club. However, Tulsa will need to come up with the money to purchase a club. He decides the best way to do so would be to open his own band. A group of him and his mates form the band and they play all through Germany and for their fellow army members. The leading lady in this movie is “Lili” and played by “Juliet Prowse”. Lili is a dancer in a club. Tulsa makes a bet that he can get Lili to fall in love with him. She has turned down all the other army guys, but eventually Tulsa wears her down with his Southern charm. Tulsa is also able to raise money to purchase his club.

As with most movies, the critics did not like Elvis Presley’s acting in “G. I. Blues” when it was first released. However, the movie did make it to number two spot, and in the end it grossed over $4.3 million dollars.
 

Elvis Starring In "King Creole"

One of the movies that Elvis Presley starred in was “King Creole”. It was thought to be one of his favorite acting roles. In this 1958 movie, Elvis plays “Danny Fisher” alongside Carolyn Jones who starred as Ronnie and Walter Matthau who acted in the role of Maxie Fields. The director of this movis is Michael Curtiz and Michael Moore. It is based on a book written by Harold Robbins. The name of the book is called “A Stone For Danny Fisher”.

The whole story is centered around a teenager who falls in with a bad crowd. Danny Fisher starts life as a good kid working to support his family. His lives with is father and sister Mimi. His mother has died. His father moves them to New Orleans. Danny helps one of his classmates fight someone who is trying to harm her. When he gets into a fight, the principal of the school is mean to him and he drops out of high school.As Danny leaves the high school, he is accosted by the gang of the guy he fought. Danny is able to fight them off and they ask him to join the gang. One of his first crimes is helping the gang shoplift. The film was quite a success and reached the top 5 of the box office list. The movie goes on to tell of the gang’s betrayal and Danny’s involvement with two different women.

"Viva Las Vegas" Starring Elvis Presley

Another movie that Elvis starred in is called “Viva Las Vegas”. It was in 1964 and was the third movie that Presley made. The movies is also called “Love in Las Vegas” if you were to speak to someone from England. Elvis Presley plays “Lucky Jackson”. He has a co-star Ann-Margaret who plays “Rusty Martin”. It is based on a script written by Sally Benson. When the movie was released it grossed over 36 million dollars and was on the top 15 for the box office list. It is the most grossed for any movie.

This movie is set in Las Vegas and the movie describes how Lucky Jackson must compete against Count Elmo Mancini for the Grand Prix auto racing title. He must also compete with Mancini for the affections of Rusty Martin. Count Elmo Mancini is played by Cesare Danova.

In the movie Presley’s car needs a new engine before he can fully compete in the race. However, he will need to find the money that he raised and lost, before the race day arrives.  To watch this movie is to watch Elvis at one of his best. It is a sheer delight for Elvis fans, as he has real chemistry with his co-star, Ann-Margaret. The dancing scenes are quite phenomenal, as Ann-Margaret is thought by some to be a “female Elvis”.

Words was spread that the chemistry existed between these actors because it is believed they were having an affair. Elvis was dating Priscilla at the time. Even though Ann-Margaret acted exceptionally well, it was Elvis that received an award for “Best Male Performance 1965”.

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