By the early 1950’s, Elvis had become a sensation. He had the total package: the look, the moves and the voice. People everywhere gathered together to hear his music, and share the thrill of his live performances.
The people who shared the experience of seeing Elvis, or spent time together listening to his songs and watching his movies, share a unique bond. They are permanently linked through their mutual adoration of the man who was affectionately known as “The King”.
Elvis released his first album in March of 1956. It was a smash hit; the album landed at the top of the charts for ten weeks. This accomplishment is made even more impressive by the fact that his was the first rock ‘n’ roll album to reach number one on the Billboard Charts.
Fans flocked to see Elvis live, where his gyrating method of dance sparked a wave of controversy, and earned him the nickname “Elvis the Pelvis” along with a slew of bad publicity. He was nearly banned from such prestigious television programs as The Ed Sullivan Show, but his ever-increasing popularity was enough to change most anyone’s mind. In 1956, Sullivan booked Elvis for three appearances. Elvis made several notorious televised appearances, which only helped to increase his status as a celebrity.
It seemed nothing could slow down this amazing career, not even a stint in the United States army. When Elvis returned, however, he spent most of his time making movies. Elvis the movie star left many of his fans clamoring for more music from their idol. They were given a taste of his songs in every new film, but the soundtracks didn’t fare nearly as well as his other work.
After several years of making movies, Elvis wanted to return to his roots. He starred in the NBC holiday special that would later be known as “The Elvis Comeback Special”. It worked. The show boasted more viewers than any other put out by the network that season. Elvis the rock ‘n’ roller was back.
From then on Elvis continued to record new music and play live shows. Tragically, the iconic singer passed away on August 16, 1977. Even after his passing the King continued to make waves. His song “Way Down” reached the top of the country music charts three days after he was pronounced dead.
So many people cherished Elvis, and shared the experience of listening to his music, going to his live shows and watching his movies together. Fans of Elvis share a special connection – a unity that stems from their love of this beloved performer.
If you’ve lost touch with friends who shared your love of Elvis, we can help. You can use our People Search service to find anyone that you’d like to reconnect with. All it takes is a name, old phone number, former address or most any other information you have, and you can see how to reach out to someone special so you can reminisce.
January 8, 1935 is the day of Elvis’ birth, and the perfect time to reconnect with the people who once celebrated his life and career with you. Happy birthday to the King, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders People Search blog.