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Elvis Presley,The King of Rock


Elvis Presley was a huge inspiration on the music and look of similar groundbreaking performers; David Bowie and Mick Jagger both emulated the way he bent the era’s rigid gender rules, without ever leaving his masculinity in doubt. Elvis popularised the dramatic quiff hairstyle and regularly wore eye makeup. He wore a dazzling gold suit for the cover of the 1957 album 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong, and bold floral prints for 1960s film Blue Hawaii. He later wore low-cut chest-revealing tops but also cropped shirts and, perhaps most famously, tight-fitting jumpsuits with sequins, capes and thick studded belts. For his ’68 Comeback, Elvis left audiences speechless by appearing head-to-toe in black leather. Elvis’ flamboyance, in fact, reflected his delight in spending generously. He owned 260 cars, including a limo painted with crushed diamonds, as well as private jets with gold-plated bathrooms. He loved giving gifts and owned mountains of eye-catching jewellery, which he often gave away to anyone who admired it.
Even though he has been dead for fifty years, fans across America have insisted they’ve seen Presley out and about. In 1989, The Elvis Sighting Society was created to monitor these apparent incidents. Some people say that he went into a witness protection programme after informing on a mafia group. Others claim that he appeared as an extra in the 1990 film Home Alone. There are also many highly successful tribute acts that keep his music and his performance style alive.