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Elvis Presley

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Elvis Aron Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935.

Elvis Presley was an American musician, singer and actor, making him one of the most important figure of the 20th century of pop culture. Many people knew him as "the King of Rock and Roll"
In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis, Tennessee.
He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearance and specials and had record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas
Globally, Elvis sold over one billion records more than any other artist.
Among his many awards, there were 14 Grammy nominations which he received at the age of 36.
Elvis Presley entered the United States Army at Memphis, Tennesse, on March 24, 1958. He served as a member of two different battles which took place in Germany from 1958 to 1960.
Effects of the War
Effects of the War
In 1949, there was an increased pressure on the US to prepare for a "nuclear attack" due to the Soviet’s development of the first atomic bomb, which caused an increase in US military spending. As communism spread from China to Korea, US diplomats believed communism would spread in a "domino effect." Due to the Second Red Scare the US kept increasing their military strength.

One way to increase the US military strength was by recruiting more individuals to join the army, such as Elvis Presley.

Elvis had many performances that ranged all throughout the United States. Using airplanes and cars allowed for mobility, thus increasing the places he could perform at. Before, there were not many musicians or bands that did world tours because of the lack of transportation.
Elvis was born five years before the baby boom occurred. Elvis lived in the era when individuals were not having babies in their early 20s, and the economic prospects were low.
Even though Elvis was born 5 years before the baby boom occurred, he affected the lives of many baby boomers. They were the first audience for rock and to be influenced by this type of music too.
Changes in Demographic Structure
Top grossing films at the box office
Based on the Box Office Report database, the top grossing Elvis Presley films based on the yearly Top 20 box office rankings were:
1. Viva Las Vegas (May, 1964, MGM), no. 11 on the list of the top grossing movies of the year in the U.S., $39,176,206
2. Jailhouse Rock (October, 1957, MGM), no. 12, $32,747,986
3. Blue Hawaii (November, 1961, Paramount), no. 13, $37,092,316
4. G.I. Blues (August, 1960, Paramount), no. 15, $34,279,078
5. Loving You (July, 1957, Paramount), tied for no. 15, $31,068,602
6. Girls! Girls! Girls! (November, 1962, Paramount), no. 19, $28,067,327
7. Love Me Tender (November, 1956, Twentieth Century Fox), no. 20, $36,432,558
8. Girl Happy (1965, MGM), no. 25, $23,199,261
9. Kissin' Cousins (1964, MGM), no. 26, $21,291,416
10. Roustabout (1964, Paramount), no. 28, $22,812,232

Economic Growth
Economic Growth
The money that Elvis Presley made increased the money flow within the US
The social consequences of
technological change
While stationed in Germany Elvis began abusing prescription drugs, a habit that would later contribute to his death at the early age of 42.
Elvis performed and recorded
many gospel songs. In the
early 1950s. He also attended
all-night gospel quartet
concerts at the First
Assembly of God
and Ellis Auditorium in Memphis and befriended such famous groups as the Blackwood Brothers and the Statesmen. When he was 18, Elvis auditioned for a place in the Songfellows Quartet, but the position was given to James Blackwood's nephew Cecil.
Elvis did not believe the Bible in any traditional sense. Elvis constructed a personalized religion out of what
he'd read of Hinduism, Judaism, numerology, theosophy, mind control, positive thinking and Christianity.
Elvis grew up in a superficially
religious family, sporadically
attending First Assembly of God
Church in East Tupelo, Mississippi,
then First Assembly of God in
Memphis. Even though his father
and mother were not committed
church members, Elvis attended
church frequently during his childhood.
Developments in mass culture:
film and the TV age
As TVs began reflecting social norms in an American society, celebrities became a major influence on people’s lives. Hairstyles that celebrities did, clothes that celebrities wore, and dance styles that celebrities created were modeled in society.
Elvis Presley was popularized as soon as he appeared on the
Ed Sullivan Show (1957) who defined the characteristic of American youth.
Elvis Presley was one of the musicians who affected American culture through the mass media (TVs, radio, etc.). His hair, his clothing, and his dance styles were popularized and copied by many fans.
Towards the end of the Baby Boom in 1968, Elvis became a father to Lisa Presley. This shows how at the end of the baby boom individuals started having less children.
Changes in Demographic Structure
Changes in Demographic Structure
There was a rapid evolution in science and technology as seen through the US medical breakthroughs in successfully developing antibiotics such as penicillion in 1948 and vaccinations in 1954.
During the 1960s, some individuals turned away from Christian theology and turned to the religions of Buddhism and Confucianism. Likewise, Elvis Presley turned to several other religions.
In 1960s, when students began protesting on issues such as racism and the Vietnam War, Elvis Presley stood up for equal rights and racial integration.

Elvis's first recording in 1954 brought black culture and white culture together in one record. He introduced the music of black artists -- banned from white radio stations -- to a generation of teenagers already primed by the shackles of 1950s conformity to engage in rebellion. This led to acceptance, leading to integration, leading to equality.
Student Radicalism
Elvis did a song “In The Ghetto” which was based on the societal ills of poverty
Revolution in lifestyles
in the 1960s:
Roles of women/families
In 1967, Elvis Presley married the
American actress, Priscilla Wagner.
Priscilla was 21 when got married,
which was common at that time. The
average age of marriage was 20.1 for females.
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