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Baring the mantle of The King Of Rock’n’Roll would be a huge burden for anyone but Elvis Presley. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, the one-time truck driver, who got into singing almost by accident after making a record for his mother, learned to live with a career that made him the most recognisable face on the planet in the late 50s. Presley popularised so-called “race music” and give it a twist for teenage rock’n’rollers. His status placed him between the era of Frank Sinatra and The Beatles, whose John Lennon famously advised Elvis to “make more records like your old ones”. As a pop star, and then a film star, Presley provided a blueprint for every career to follow. Despite being hellishly overworked by unscrupulous manager Colonel Tom Parker, Presley produced a string of classic No.1 albums and singles for RCA, including his self-titled 1956 debut, that same year’s follow-up, Elvis, the live album Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite, and many soundtrack albums, such as GI Blues and Blue Hawaii, that were as popular as his regular albums. Yet Presley is best known for his singles, 18 of which hit the No.1 spot. ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Love Me tender’, ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, et al, coincided with a purple patch that spanned the years 1956 to 1960. And if his influence has become less palpable as years go by, Presley was a huge source of wonderment for everyone from The Beatles and David Bowie to The Doors’ Jim Morrison and The Clash (who echoed the iconic design of his debut album’s artwork for their own London Calling). Often imitated but never bettered when at his peak, Presley’s blue suede shoes are impossible to fill.
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Elvis

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Elvis' Christmas Album

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G.I. Blues

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His Hand In Mine

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Girls! Girls! Girls!

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From Elvis in Memphis

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That's the Way It Is

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