The cry of "The King is dead, long live the King" rang from radio stations throughout the Western world on Tuesday (16 August) as news of the death of American rock singer Elvis Presley was announced.
The cry of "The King is dead, long live the King" rang from radio stations throughout the Western world on Tuesday (16 August) as news of the death of American rock singer Elvis Presley was announced. The singer, aged 42, was found unconscious at his home in the southern United States city of Memphis, Tennessee. In Europe, Radio Luxembourg took the unprecedented step of cancelling all commercials and replaced them with a special Elvis Presley programme while London's station, Capital Radio, played nothing but Presley records. The man nicknamed, Elvis the Pelvis because of his pelvic gyrations during performances, was born in January 1935, the son of a poor cotton farmer in the southern state of Tennessee. On his twelfth birthday his parents gave him a guitar, beginning one of the greatest show business careers in history....a career that was to earn the singer millions of dollars and make his name a household world throughout the world. During his twenty year career, Presley starred in more than 60 films and received 25 "Golden Discs" ....awarded for sales of more than one million copies. The English pop group, the Beatles, received fourteen such Golden Discs. The tall, dark, sleepy eyed American became a symbol of a generation throughout the western world with his slick backed hair and the young rebel characters he played in many of his early films. Riots often developed during his live performances as screaming women and girls attempted to touch their idol. He had recently been in and out of hospital with a variety of undisclosed illnesses. The official cause of his death was respiratory failure.
SYNOPSIS: In 1958 Persley was inducted into the United States army and was sent to Germany. But even while in the army, he never lost sight of his show business ambitions.
Part of that ambition was to become an actor.
PRESLEY: "I hope there won't be a (indistinct) cause I've made four already and you can only get away with that for so long. I'd like to do a little more serious role, you know. Because my ambition is to progress as an actor and that takes a long time and a lot of experience.
In 1967 he disappointed millions of young women by marrying Priscilla Beaulieu. However, the couple were divorced in 1973.