Elvis Presley was an American pop/rock singer and is considered one of the greatest.American singers of the 20th century. As a cultural icon, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues
He began his career in Tupelo, Mississippi, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was one of the originators of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage the singer for over two decades.
In 1956, Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel" was a number one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender.
Conscripted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts and proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special that led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, seen by approximately 1.5 billion viewers.
He died suddenly in 1977 from cardiac arrest, possibly from prescription drug abuse, at the age of 42. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music and was nominated for 14 Grammys, winning three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.