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Elvis Presley was one not only one of the most famous singers of the 20th Century, but also a cultural icon.
From very humble beginnings, Elvis Presley grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock and roll. By the mid-1950s he appeared on the radio, television, and on screen.
In 1977 he died of heart failure related to his drug addiction.
He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music.
"Love me tender,
Love me sweet,
Never let me go.
You have made my life complete,
And I love you so..."
from "Love me tender" by Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley performed it on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956, shortly before the single's release and about a month before the movie, "Love Me Tender", was released, for which the song was originally recorded.
"If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can't my dream come true
from "If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley
This song was written by Walter Earl Brown and notable for its direct quotations of Martin Luther King, Jr.
It was recorded by Presley in June 1968, two months after Martin Luther King's assassination.
"Wise men say only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you
Shall I say Would it be a sin?
If I can’t help falling in love with you..."
from "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" by Elvis Presley
It was featured in Elvis Presley's 1961 film "Blue Hawaii"