Elvis Presley: A Life in Photos

Happy Birthday, Elvis! Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll," or simply "the King." See his life in photos.

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Elvis Presley, 42, died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis, Tennessee, of respiratory failure at Baptist Hospital. Presley, the gyrating, hip-swinging "King of Rock and Roll" is shown here during a June 20 concert that year.
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This 1956 photo of Elvis Presley performing at 21 was used for his first RCA Victor album cover.
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Elvis Presley, at 21, takes his pre-induction written examination as he is processed for the U.S. Army in Memphis, Tennessee, Jan. 4, 1957.
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Elvis Presley is shown in uniform at company D 1st Battalion 32nd U.S. Army Armour at the barracks area in Friedberg, Germany, 1958.
Elvis Presley poses with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie, in a room at Baptist hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, Feb. 5, 1968.
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Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, performs during this 1972 photo.
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View of the Aug. 17, 1977, front page of the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper the day after Presley's death.
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Presley's casket can be seen through the back window of this hearse as it passes out the front gate of his mansion Graceland past saluting policemen, while thousands of fans watch from across the street.
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Police officers on motorcycles escort a white hearse containing Presley's body as it heads towards the funeral, past crowds of people who line the streets to watch in Memphis on Aug. 18, 1977.
Presley's funeral procession in Memphis on Aug. 18, 1977.
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Mourners line the streets for the funeral.
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Mourners at Presley's funeral.
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Floral tributes at Memphis Memorial Baptist Church.
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Fans at Presley's funeral.
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Floral arrangements cover the ground at the mausoleum where Presley was entombed on Aug. 18, 1977.
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