Elvis Presley:

Elvis Presley: "I Want to Entertain People"

by John Micklos

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
In this unauthorized biography, Micklos recounts the life of a man who only wanted to entertain people. Elvis Presley was a popular singer who made his television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956. Sixty million people watched this new entertainer shake, rattle, and roll his hips and legs as he sang songs that captivated the young and old. Presley came from a poor family. His twin brother Jesse was born dead. His father Vernon worked at many different jobs. Presley's mother Gladys worked in a garment factory. Presley's mother loved and protected her only child until the day she died in 1958. Presley was twenty-three-years old and had already over five record hits and two hit movies when he was inducted into the U.S. Army. After he was released from his duties, he made more hit albums and movies. In 1967, Presley married a pretty young woman named Priscilla Beaulieu. A year later they had a daughter, Lisa Marie. They divorced in 1973. Presley continued to make hit records and movies and also began performing in popular Las Vegas shows, but he was beginning to have emotional and health problems. He was abusing prescription drugs and had put on a lot of weight. His career began to suffer from these problems, but people still wanted to hear Presley sing his rock and roll music and admire his fancy colorful costumes. His fans loved him. Presley had always led a fast-paced life-style, but in his late thirties and early forties, it began to catch up to him, especially with his weight gain and dependence on prescription drugs. On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead of a heart attack in his Graceland mansion. He was only forty-two. In 1982, Graceland opened to the public. Even though Presley has been dead for over thirty years, he still has fans that love his music. Each year, over six hundred thousand people visit Graceland. The author has written a balanced biography of a much loved entertainer. Illustrations are in black and white and color. Back material includes a chronology, glossary, chapter notes, a book list, and Internet addresses. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
American Rebels Series
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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