Today is the 78th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth!
In honor of The King, listen for an extra Elvis tune every hour as we celebrate the King’s birthday all day on Majic. Plus Don "Action" Jackson will dedicate the Top 6 at 6 to Elvis with six of your favorite Elvis tunes!
Majic Platinum Club members can earn points by entering the title of the first Elvis song we play each hour! These Special Happy Birthday Elvis Listen & Win codes will be active every hour between 10am and 6pm!*
Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was the most important popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues.
RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who went on to manage the singer for over two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number-one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African-American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender.
Singer Elvis Presley poses for a studio portrait. (Photo by Liaison/Getty Images) More Photos
Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided.
In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special that led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Prescription drug abuse severely deteriorated his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42.
* The song titles for the Happy Birthday Elvis Listen & Win codes will air at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4:20pm and 5pm.