There’s really only one king: Elvis Presley. He earned the title “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by capturing the hearts of millions of fans with his incredible voice, unique persona, an unforgettable stage presence. Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935 and moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his family when he was a teenager.
Elvis was crazy about music from a young age, although he never did receive any formal training and never learned how to read sheet music. No matter: his talent alone was enough! His musically-inclined young mind absorbed country, gospel, and rhythm-and-blues. It all came together in the mid-1950s, when a 20 year-old Elvis stunned the world with his own unique new style of music. He was soon on national television and while it may sound quaint today, his inimitable hip gyrations were a source of considerable controversy, earning him the nickname “Elvis the Pelvis.”