16. August 2011
The influence of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley still lives on today. (Photo: angels.ocregister.com)
Thirty four years since his death the musical influence and inspiration of the King of Rock and Roll still remains among his loyal fans around the world.
Recently, thousands of visitors visited the grave of Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis in the United States to honor and give tribute to the late singing superstar who died on August 16,1977. The visitors most of whom loyal fans of the rock legend brought in candles and flowers and heartily offer them to the singer who inspire them when he was still alive with his music.
The fans remembers Presley as someone who inspire them with his songs while they are still growing up. Some of the loyal fans of the late singer have also watched their idol many times in concert when he was still alive.
The fans said they will sorely miss the late singing superstar but will continue to honor him today and for many years to come. It was learned that Graceland is now becoming a popular tourist destination in the world as visitors flock the area to offer tribute and see some of the memorabilia of the late singing superstar.
Presley is one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954 when Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, eager to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience, saw in Presley the means to realize his ambition.
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.
Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, released in January 1956, 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. Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music.Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into four music halls of fame.