Elvis Presley: a life in photos

Elvis Presley died in 1977 – and his concerts went strangely un-professionally filmed.

There are however, astonishing audio and 8 or 16 mm reel films made of him and he is likely the most photographed human who lived. He certainly is well represented in the global statues around the world.

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Elvis002.jpg...A screaming crowd of thousands of teenagers welcomed a guitar-thumping Elvis Presley back to the town where he was born, Tupelo, Miss. Staff photo by Eldred Reaney (The Tennessean) 8/26/1956

Elvis002.jpg…A screaming crowd of thousands of teenagers welcomed a guitar-thumping Elvis Presley back to the town where he was born, Tupelo, Miss. Staff photo by Eldred Reaney (The Tennessean) 8/26/1956

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Elvis & Ann-Margaret vs Elvis & Priscilla: The Debate Continues in Fandom

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James Burton played guitar for Elvis Presley's TCB band from 1969-1977 (top); James Burton was Ricky Nelson's backup guitarist on the Ozzie and Harriet TV show in the late 1950s. (bottom). Courtesy of James Burton

James Burton played guitar for Elvis Presley’s TCB band from 1969-1977 (top); James Burton was Ricky Nelson’s backup guitarist on the Ozzie and Harriet TV show in the late 1950s. (bottom). Courtesy of James Burton

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a few debates: was Elvis bisexual? he made the gossip papers of the time, and it’s pretty much the only thing left for any Memphis Mafia guys to tell.

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Elvis Presley left marriage a little late for his cultural era, but that appearance of being single was part of the original fandom fantasy. Eventually Elvis had to marry Priscilla, there would have been no out for him once he had her move in on and that very promise.

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But what might his life have been had he not be famous, and had gone the army and into policing career path. Strange hobby for a rock star – it was part of Elvis wanting to belong to the upper classes. That balance of a good boy with just enough bad boy. Custom Pink paint job and his mother didn’t drive. just saying….he was wearing make up on stage too.

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Any doubt that Elvis couldn’t have been elected? Political Social Canniness – leveraging celebrity.

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I really like the indie movie version of this event and I really do not like the upcoming Kevin Spacey one. It’s more Elvis Hillbilly bashing and really not getting American culture by not grokking him.

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There are just so many astonishing aspects to this story.

The Elvis version of cutting off his own hair

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15 Nov 1956, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA --- Original caption: Las Vegas, Nevada: Liberace Serenades Elvis. In his first appearance since his European tour, Liberace and his troupe favors special ringside guest Elvis Presley with a number at the Riviera early today. after the show, Elvis joined Liberace backstage for an impromptu jam session in which Elvis played the piano and Liberace the guitar. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

15 Nov 1956, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA — Original caption: Las Vegas, Nevada: Liberace Serenades Elvis. In his first appearance since his European tour, Liberace and his troupe favors special ringside guest Elvis Presley with a number at the Riviera early today. after the show, Elvis joined Liberace backstage for an impromptu jam session in which Elvis played the piano and Liberace the guitar. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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1962, Idyllwild, California, USA --- Joan Blackman and Elvis Presley in Kid Galahad --- Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

1962, Idyllwild, California, USA — Joan Blackman and Elvis Presley in Kid Galahad — Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

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THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW -- Aired July 1, 1956 -- Episode 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Andy Griffith, Imogene Coca, and Elvis Presley perform a parody of Country & Western television shows -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW — Aired July 1, 1956 — Episode 2 — Pictured: (l-r) Andy Griffith, Imogene Coca, and Elvis Presley perform a parody of Country & Western television shows — Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

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Elvis002.jpg…A screaming crowd of thousands of teenagers welcomed a guitar-thumping Elvis Presley back to the town where he was born, Tupelo, Miss. Staff photo by Eldred Reaney (The Tennessean) 8/26/1956

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5364-18: President Nixon shakes hands with entertainer Elvis Presley in the Oval Office

5364-18: President Nixon shakes hands with entertainer Elvis Presley in the Oval Office

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MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT: Collection of Red Robinson Vancouver, Aug. 16, 2007 Elvis Presley with Vancouver disc jockey Red Robinson before his concert at Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957. With John Mackie story. [PNG Merlin Archive] MAKING HEADLINES

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Vancouver, Aug. 16, 2007 Elvis Presley with Vancouver disc jockey Red Robinson before his concert at Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957. With John Mackie story. [PNG Merlin Archive] MAKING HEADLINES

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Elvis Presley turns over the papers for the S.S. Potomac, former presidential yacht of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude Hospital February 14, 1964 in Long Beach, CA. Presley purchased the yacht to keep it from being scrapped. Thomas accepted the boat for St. Jude, a non-sectarian project dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases of children. It is hoped that the boat will be sold as soon as possible and the money used in research for children's diseases. Presley's manager, Col. Tom Parker, is in the background. ( UPI )

Elvis Presley turns over the papers for the S.S. Potomac, former presidential yacht of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude Hospital February 14, 1964 in Long Beach, CA. Presley purchased the yacht to keep it from being scrapped. Thomas accepted the boat for St. Jude, a non-sectarian project dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases of children. It is hoped that the boat will be sold as soon as possible and the money used in research for children’s diseases. Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker, is in the background. ( UPI )

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Not published in LIFE. Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Not published in LIFE. Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

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THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW -- Aired July 1, 1956 -- Episode 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Andy Griffith, Imogene Coca, and Elvis Presley perform a parody of Country & Western television shows -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW — Aired July 1, 1956 — Episode 2 — Pictured: (l-r) Andy Griffith, Imogene Coca, and Elvis Presley perform a parody of Country & Western television shows — Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

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THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW -- Aired July 1, 1956 -- Episode 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Andy Griffith, Imogene Coca, and Elvis Presley perform a parody of Country & Western television shows (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW — Aired July 1, 1956 — Episode 2 — Pictured: (l-r) Andy Griffith, Imogene Coca, and Elvis Presley perform a parody of Country & Western television shows (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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