Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 13 years old.
His music career began there in 1954, when he started to work with Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records. He became the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.
Graceland, ( His home in Memphis ) was opened to the public in 1982. Attracting over half a million visitors annually, it is the second most-visited home in the United States, after the White House. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006.. Presley is one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.
Presley's name, image, and voice are instantly recognizable around the globe. Elvis Presley was and will continue to be, recognized as one of the most important music artists and influential Americans to ever live.