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1956 Elvis Presley tried to explain the secret of his success. "I donít know what it isÖ I just fell
into it, really."
"My daddy and I were laughing about it the other
day. He looked at me and said, "What happened, E? The last thing I can remember is I was working in a can
factory and you were driviní a truck..."
By the time Elvis Presley the rock-n-roll icon was transformed into Private Presley, a new generation of teenagers was
breaking away from the habits of their parents and discovering their own brand of music. These baby boomers were armed
money. They had no memory of the Depression. They emerged as the first generation 'target' audience that advertisers labelled consumers
and Elvis became their first beneficiary.
Presley, The King of Rock n Roll the white boy with black soul who shook mainstream America and the world with
his unique brand of music... and still is, the greatest icon there had ever been in the world of entertainment.
To his fans Elvis personifies the rebel more so than such traditional role models as James Dean and Marlon Brando. He is the symbol of
a period of changing social attitudes and in a country where everyone is brought up with the belief
that maybe, one day, they could become the President, he offers the far more attractive alternative that they could become an Elvis.
Elvis not only was the American Dream come to life but he also lived that great to the fullest extent possible. The poor white boy from
Tupelo redefined exactly what was meant by 'the big time.' During his lunch break in the summer of 1953, a skinny 18-year-old
kid parked his truck outside the Memphis Recording Service. The manager, Marion Keisker looked at the nervous lad with long hair
and sideburns with a guitar slung over his shoulder and asked.....
"What kind of singer are you?"
"Awh, I sing all kinds," he replied.
"Who do you sound like?"
"I don't sound like nobody."
"Yeah, I sing Hillbilly."
"Who do you sound like in hillbilly?"
"I don't sound like nobody. "
With that Elvis strode into the recording studio and cut two tracks. THAT'S WHEN YOUR HEARTACHES BEGIN and
MY HAPPINESS, accompanying himself of guitar, paid the four-dollar fee and left but was not forgotten. Marion liked what
she heard and insisted her partner Sam Phillips listen to the tape. He was impressed.
Marie Presley (1968 -) "Lisa," said Elvis "is my only child and more precious to me than my life." Lisa Marie
Presley was born February 1, 1968, 9 months after her parents wed. Lisa was daddy's little girl in many ways, not only was she adored, but she
has inherited his looks. Her resembles to her famous father is remarkable. Elvis gave her an idyllic childhood in the fairy-tale Graceland castle.
He taught her to pray and answered all her prayers.
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