Timeline Description: Elvis Presley was a rock star legend during the 50's, 60's, and 70's. His music changed the industry, and his songs are classics today. This is a timeline of his life.
|1935||A star is born
Elvis was born into a poor family in Mississippi.
|1946||Elvis gets his first guitar
Elvis' parents bought him a guitar for his 11th birthday. It was love at first sight.
|1948||Elvis' family moves to Memphis
Elvis's family moved him to Memphis when he was 13 years old.
|1953||Elvis does his first recording
Elvis did a short series of recordings with the Memphis Recording Service. In 1954 one of his recordings got good ratings on the radio.
|1954||His first live show
After doing well on the radio, Elvis and his group performed at a live show. The crowd loved him.
|1955||Elvis signs his first contract
Elvis got a recording contract with RCA records.
|1956||Elvis makes his first album
Elvis headed to Nashville where he recorded his first record. It included one of his hits, Heartbreak Hotel.
|1956||Elvis makes a television appearance
Elvis' TV debut is on a show called "Stage Show".
|November 1956||Elvis makes a movie
Elvis starred in a film with Paramount Pictures called Love Me Tender.
|1957||Graceland is purchased
Elvis bought his now-famous home in Memphis, TN. He named it Graceland.
|1958||Elvis becomes an army man
Elvis was inducted into the United States Army draft. He showed up for duty with pride.
|1960||Elvis' army duty is over
Elvis was honorably discharged from the army. He returned home and made a record-breaking album called GI Blues.
|1967||Elvis gets married
Elvis married a woman named Priscilla. They had met while Elvis was in the army in Germany.
|1970||Elvis meets the president
Elvis met President Richard Nixon at the White House.
|1971||Elvis receives the Lifetime Achievement Award
Elvis' Lifetime Achievement Award came from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
|1977||Elvis Presley dies
Elvis died at his home, Graceland. His legacy would live on for decades to come.