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Feature on Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mass. on Jan. 8, 1935, to parents Gladys and Vernon Presley. At birth Elvis had a twin brother Jesse who was still-born. Elvis grew up in the very poor side of town. When Elvis was in high school he took music as a class and failed with a C. Also Elvis did a talent show during his high school years and with that he sang a song. Elvis released his first song “That’s All Right” in 1954 and right then and there everyone knew he would be something big. 

In 1957, Elvis was drafted to the U.S. Army. He went and served for three years in Germany. During his time serving he fell in love with Priscilla Beaulieu. Their age gap was a huge concern, for Priscilla was 14 years of age and Elvis was 24. Elvis didn’t make their relationship public for Priscilla’s privacy. In 1967 Priscilla and Elvis got married and shortly after found out Pricilla was pregnant with their first and only child. In 1968 they brought their daughter Lisa Marie Presley into the world. Elvis thought she was perfect. During Pricilla and Elvis’ marriage Elvis would have multiple affairs and Priscilla would even go to have one of her own. Meanwhile, Elvis became very addicted to pills. On Oct. 9, 1973, Pricilla and Elvis got divorced, and walking out of court Elvis sang the song “I Will Always Love You” to show even though they were divorced, he would always have love in his heart for her. 

After the divorce Elvis hit a very hard patch in his life. He began to do tours all around the United States and was rarely ever home. Along with this amazing lifestyle Elvis grew, there were the drugs. Elvis’ addiction got worse and continued to get worse. When the tour was over Elvis would lock himself in his room and just eat cheeseburgers and sleep. During 1975-76 fans noticed Elvis began to gain a lot of weight and even look sick. Fans began to worry for Elvis and he would reassure everyone he was fine. 

Still during this time Elvis would see his daughter. Elvis loved his daughter and was very protective over her. He bought that girl everything from teddy bears to little go carts. She had a playground in the backyard. She had a huge stuffed animal collection. With the power of being Elvis’s daughter she used to tell caretakers at the home that if they said no she would tell Elvis and get them fired. 

Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley was pronounced dead, the world froze at the words. Elvis was found by his fiance at the time Ginger Alden at his home Graceland in Memphis T.N. That day when the news broke out everyone came and sat out front of Graceland and cried with their poster shocked on how the king of rock and roll died. It was later revealed that Elvis suffered a heart attack and that’s how he passed. Elvis was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery but people kept trying to steal his body so his final resting place was Graceland. He was buried in between his mother and then later his father was laid to rest next to Elvis. Now along with Elvis and his parents his grandmother who he called Dodger lays there and his daughter Lisa Marie along with Elvis’s grandson Benjamin. 

Elvis’s home Graceland is open to the public and people go everyday to see his house. Graceland is the second most visited place in America. Along with going to see Elvis’s house you can stop by and see his grave sight along with his mom Gladys, father Vernon, grandmother Dodger, daughter Lisa Marie and grandson Benjamin.

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