"Before Elvis, there was nothing."Elvis Aron Presley (1935-1977), known as "the King of Rock & Roll", was one of the most influential singers of the mid-20th century, selling over a billion records worldwide. He began his professional singing career and signed his first contract in 1954 with Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, who teamed him with two other musicians, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. (They were later joined by drummer D.J. Fontana.)In November 1955, Phillips auctioned off Presley's contract to RCA Records. His first single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in late January 1956, a mere 17 weeks after recording, and sold over a million copies, 300,000 of those in its first three weeks.Also in January 1956, Presley had his first screen test for Paramount Pictures. His first movie was Love Me Tender. (Presley eventually starred in 31 fictional films, as well as two documentaries.) Over the spring and summer of that year, he made several television appearances.The naturally blond Presley began dyeing his hair black in January 1957. By his early 20s, his hair was described as naturally a dark chestnut color.In March 1957, Presley bought Graceland, which would later become his famous estate. He didn't spend his first night there until June 1957.Presley filmed King Creole in the first quarter of 1958, before being inducted into the U.S. Army. During his 18-month tour in Germany, he met his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu, and took karate lessons. In 1960, Presley was promoted to sergeant and received his full stripes before being officially discharged from active military duty."Blue Hawaii" entered the Billboard charts in October 1961 and stayed there for 1½ years, becoming the best-selling of Presley's singles during his lifetime. His best-selling album was G.I. Blues.In 1962, Presley saw Beaulieu for the first time since their meeting in Germany. They married in spring 1967 in a private ceremony in LasVegas. Their daughter, Lisa Marie, was born in February 1968.In the late summer of 1968, Presley filmed Charro!, the only movie in which he did not sing on camera.Despite persistent denials that Presley died in 1977, the U.S. Postal Service put his likeness on a first-class postage stamp in 1993.
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