Today (January 8th) marks what would have been Elvis Presley‘s 78th birthday.
From his meteoric rise to fame in the 1950′s, to his death at the age of 42 in 1977, to the present-day; the world is still fascinated by everything that is Elvis. After working as a movie theater usher and a truck driver for a Memphis electrical company, Elvis began singing locally as “The Hillbilly Cat,” and signed to the late Sam Phillips‘ Sun Records, who then sold his contract for $35,000 to RCA Victor in 1955. Elvis went on to become “The King of Rock N’ Roll” — rock’s first true superstar.
Elvis died of a heart attack on August 16th, 1977 at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. He remains among the highest earning dead celebrities.
Globally, Elvis has sold well over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 140 different albums and singles. Elvis starred in 31 films, and made history with his television appearances and specials.
Over 60 years after breaking on the scene, “The King” is still a major force on the charts with the recent 21-track compilation, I Am An Elvis Fan peaking at Number 27 on the Billboard Country chart. Over 250,000 fans cast their votes at IAmAnElvisFan.com by selecting their Top Three choices from “The King’s” catalogue in the specific categories — “1950′s,” “1960′s,” “Country,” “Movies,” “Love Songs,” “Gospel,” and “In Concert.”
The I Am An Elvis Fan campaign also asked fans to upload a photo of themselves to be used in an Elvis photo mosaic created by Elvis Presley Enterprises licensee Fan Mosaics. The mosaic, which was created from nearly 8,000 uploaded photos, was used for both the I Am An Elvis Fan album cover and a limited edition poster.