Elvis Presley came from a very poor family. He was born on 8 January 1935 in Mississippi. Elvis loved music. He went to church every Sunday and sang in the choir. When he was 13, his mother bought him a guitar. One day in 1954 he went to a recording studio called Sun Records. He wanted to make a record for his mother's birthday. The secretary at the studio, heard Elvis and told her boss, Sam Philips. Elvis was his dream - "a white boy with a "black voice".
In 1955, Elvis appeared on TV in New York. Then he went to Hollywood and made his first film "Love Me Tender". In the next two years he had many hit records and soon became a millionaire. In his last years, Elvis became fat and depressed. He died of a heart attack in 1977 in his house at Graceland. But for many fans, Elvis Presley is still alive and his songs are still popular.
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