Tribute to the King

By: Sarah Rickert
By: Sarah Rickert

Elvis Presley lovers turned back the hands of time in Marshfield to honor the King on his 25th anniversary of death.

Elvis Fever was contagious in Marshfield. It seems like everywhere you turned, the Hunka Hunka Burning Love popped up. The first ever Elvis Stroll on the Avenue was complete with memorabilia, old cars and impersonators.

But one of the most unique tributes to the King was a lottery ticket. The Wisconsin Lottery is selling eight scratch-off tickets with prize trips to Graceland.

Event organizers said this celebration was a great way to get people excited about Downtown and get people in old-fashioned good mood. Extended Web Coverage

Biography of Elvis

  • Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in Tupelo Mississippi on January 8, 1935.

  • Elvis had a twin brother, Jessie Garon, which was stillborn. That left him to grow up as an only child.

  • The Presley's moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948.

  • Elvis graduated from Humes High School in Memphis in 1953.

  • In 1954 He began his singing career with Sun Records.

  • In late 1955 Elvis' recording contract was sold to RCA Victor.

  • By 1956 he was an international sensation.

  • Elvis made 131 albums, singles and extended-plays have received gold, platinum of multi-platinum designations. Here are some of the most well-known song titles:
    • Heartbreak Hotel
    • Blue Suede Shoes
    • Hound Dog
    • Don't Be Cruel
    • All Shook Up
    • Teddy Bear
    • Jailhouse Rock
    • Are You Lonesome Tonight
    • Can't Help Falling in Love
    • Viva Las Vegas
    • Blue Christmas
    • Burning Love
    • America

  • Elvis starred in 33 successful films, some of his most well-known are:
    • 1956 – Love Me Tender
    • 1957 – Jailhouse Rock
    • 1960 – GI Blues
    • 1961 – Blue Hawaii
    • 1963 – Fun In Acapulco
    • 1964 - Viva Las Vegas
    • 1966 – Frankie and Johnny

  • Elvis was nominated for 14 Grammys, winning three of them.

  • He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 36.

  • Elvis purchased Graceland Mansion in 1957 for himself, his parents, and grandmother to live in.

  • March of 1958 Elvis was inducted into the U.S. Army at the Memphis Draft Board.

  • On May 1, 1967 Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.

  • Priscilla gave birth to Lisa Marie Presley on February 1, 1968.

  • Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.

    Source: Web Reports

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