This January 8, Elvis Presley would've turned 75. This would have deeply impacted the careers of Elvis impersonators and people who sell Elvis memorabilia. Had "The King of Rock n' Roll" lived to see this older age, he could've done like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones and toured incessantly or done like Paul McCartney and picked a more modest schedule with legendary concerts every few feet. Or he could have gone into early retirement at age 55 and collected his pension, provided his manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker, had set up such a plan. (Elvis didn't always get the best business advice). Fact is, we could theorize about this all day and still not be any closer to being right or wrong. He lived for a little more than 42 years and what he gave us is what he gave us. What we've turned it into is our fault, not his.
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24) Marion Keisker Alerts Sun Records Owner Sam Phillips Talent Has Entered The Building: Memphis Record Service / Sun Records' owner Sam Phillips was out of town when Elvis first came to record. Phillips' assistant Marion Keisker managed to tape a little of Elvis singing "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" because she liked his voice and must've thought he was cute. Phillips was impressed, if not overwhelmed.
22) Elvis Presley Drives A Truck For The Crown Electric Company: I've read different accounts as to when Elvis actually got this job driving a truck for the Crown Electric Company. The Elvis myth doesn't work as well if he's selling ladies' cosmetics, if you know what I mean?
20) July 6, 1954: Trio Record Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right" And Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon Of Kentucky": In the studio for another try, the trio suddenly hit paydirt with these two tracks and a legacy begins.
18) December 1954: Drummer D. J. Fontana Added To Group For "You're A Heartbreaker" And "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone": Funny to think no one even bothered to grab a drummer for the first couple of sessions. Hmmn, if we get a drummer can we play him less?
16) Bob Neal Engages The Help Of High-Powered Promoter "Colonel" Tom Parker: Neal signs his own death warrant by engaging the help of a successful manager and promoter in "Colonel" Tom Parker who eventually steamrolls everyone in his way and makes Elvis a star.
14) January 10, 1956: Elvis Records "Heartbreak Hotel": Signed to a major record label, Elvis records his first single and what a weird, creepy doozy it is. Thankfully, he didn't start his career with "Do the Clam."
12) Elvis Performs "Hound Dog" In Bow Tie And Tails, Singing To A Bassett Hound: To atone for his naughty movements, Elvis appeared on The Steve Allen Show and sang "Hound Dog" to a little Bassett Hound, whose career slid sadly into obscurity while Elvis continued to gain momentum.
10) November 1956: Elvis Makes His Film Debut In Love Me Tender: This should be seen as another positive step in the life and career of Elvis Presley. However, considering his future in film, it might have been more beneficial if he'd gotten a TV show showing people how to cook instead.
8) August 1958: Elvis' Mother Dies: Elvis was close with his mother and this is one of those life events that historians frequently point to as being when Elvis lost quite a bit of himself. No punch line here, folks, move on.
6) Elvis Watches The British Invasion Take Over America While Manager Books Terrible Streak Of Movies: The British Invasion revitalized rock n' roll and Elvis' management seemed determined to make him more irrelevant by the month. By some counts, Elvis made 27 movies in the 1960s. Sure, "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Viva Las Vegas" came from his movie soundtracks, but so did plenty of other songs that even Elvis had trouble singing with a straight face. You know you're in trouble when the TV Guide describes your movie as featuring glorious Hawaiian scenery.
4) 1970: Elvis Performs At The International Hotel In A White Jumpsuit: Who hasn't gone out for Halloween as Elvis in a White Jumpsuit? What are you, an atheist?
2) Elvis Dies At Graceland On August 16, 1977: A day of tears. Elvis was supposed to leave for another tour when he was found dead in the bathroom of his "Graceland" home.
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