“The King is dead, long live the King,” goes the saying. Elvis Presley has remained one of the most popular and influential musical figures ever since he left the building for good in 1977. Here’s a look at how his daughter helped to extend his legacy even further with a poignant tribute.
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1935, Elvis Presley began his music career in Memphis, Tennessee, in his late teens with recording sessions at the legendary Sun Records. There he helped to pioneer a sound known as rockabilly, a high-tempo blend of R&B and country music. His career truly took off in 1955 when he signed with manager Colonel Tom Parker.
A year later Elvis topped the charts for the first time with his debut single, “Heartbreak Hotel.” He quickly became the face of the burgeoning rock and roll movement thanks to his high-energy material and a hip-swiveling performance style many considered provocative. He also became a star of the big screen, making his first acting appearance in 1956’s Love Me Tender.