Elvis Presley, a King of Rock ’n’ Roll, dies in 1977

(Originally published by a Daily News on Aug. 17, 1977.)

MEMPHIS, TENN. – Elvis Presley, 42, whose twitching hips and incessant snarl rocketed him to celebrity as a aristocrat of stone ’n’ hurl in a 1950s, died yesterday of a heart conflict suffered during his pinkish magnificent home unaware a Mississippi River.

Dr. Jerry Francisco, medical investigator for Shelby County, conspicuous a means of genocide was “cardiac arrhythmia,” an strange heartbeat. He conspicuous that cardiac arrhythmia was another name for “a form” of heart attack.

Francisco conspicuous that a three-hour autopsy had no pointer of any other illness and that there was no pointer of any drug abuse.

Presley’s personal medicine conspicuous that a thespian had a story of amiable hypertension and some coronary artery illness and that he had taken “some drugs” – though not cocaine, as rumored – for his several ailments.

“Elvis a Pelvis,” whose suit cinema and million-seller hits like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “All Shook Up” had done him a multimillionaire during age 25, was conspicuous passed during 3:30 p.m., one hour after he was found comatose in a red-carpeted lavatory on a second building of his home. A lady friend, Ginger Alden, 20, also was in a mansion.

As an ambulance sped a 7 miles from his home to Baptist Hospital, his personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, implored repeatedly, “Come on, breathe; exhale for me.”

As a news swept opposite a country, stone ’n’ hurl stations began personification tributes to him. In New York, WCBS-FM stopped reading commercials and played 4 hours of undeviating Elvis songs.

The Memphis write complement was scarcely inept by a vanquish of calls, and hundreds of tears fans fabricated outward Graceland Mansion, where Presley lived like a king.

Presley had been a visit studious during Baptist Hospital over a past few years. There were rumors that he was pang from several incorrigible diseases, though doctors had blamed his ailments on eye trouble, a disfigured colon, and exhaustion.

A matter by Baptist Hospital conspicuous that Presley was found comatose by his highway manager, Joe Esposito, during 2:30 p.m. and that Esposito, during 2:30 p.m. and that Esposito began puncture efforts after telephoning a glow department.

The ambulance was met during a sanatorium by a special cardiac detain team, that carried Presley into a puncture room.

“They worked on him for about 20 or 25 minutes,” sanatorium technician Ulysses Jones said. “They didn’t get any response. That was it. They conspicuous him dead.


Presley, an general star before he reached his 25th birthday, sole some-more annals than anyone in a strain courtesy solely a Beatles.

Twin Died during Birth

He was innate Elvis Aron Presley, in a two-room residence in Tupelo, on Jan. 8, 1935, a twin. His brother, Jesse Garon, died shortly after birth.

With his parents, Presley seemed in a renouned singing contingent during stay meetings, revivals and church conventions.

His father, Vernon, purchased a guitar for a child for $12.95, and when Elvis was 13 a Presleys altered to Memphis. He worked as an chaperon in a film house, and after graduation from high propagandize he went to work as a $35-a-week lorry driver.

The Presley career began in a summer of 1953 when he forsaken into a bureau of Sun Record Co. in Memphis and paid $4 to cut a record. He took a record home to play for himself, and there was no idea that he could make it as an entertainer.

A year after he went behind to Sun and cut another record, though this time it was for a association instead of himself. It was expelled in a summer of 1954 underneath a pretension “That’s All Right, Mama,” and drew some area attention.

Listeners remarkable in a strain a new peculiarity – a brew of hillbilly and stone ’n’ roll. He subsequent available son, “Blue Song of Kentucky,” did better.

Enter Col. Parker

Then a intelligent upholder named Col. Thomas Parker took over his government and sent him on debate around a south as “The Hill Billy Cat.”

In 1954, during a annual gathering of a nation and western front jockeys in Nashville, a conduct of RCA’s specialities multiplication listened Presley’s annals and achieved his agreement from Sun Records.

RCA pennyless all precedents by releasing his 5 Sun annals concurrently – and story was made. Elvis altered a march of renouned strain with such hits as “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “All Shook Up” and “It’s Now or Never.”

New York Daily News published this on Aug. 17, 1977.

New York Daily News published this on Aug. 17, 1977.

(New York Daily News)

New York Daily News published this on Aug. 17, 1977.

New York Daily News published this on Aug. 17, 1977.

(New York Daily News)

New York Daily News published this on Aug. 17, 1977.

New York Daily News published this on Aug. 17, 1977.

(New York Daily News)

The long-sideburned youth, with undulating hips, lizard eyes, demi-sneer, skin-tight pants, gyrating pelvis and electric guitar, done a sold hole in teenage alertness with a balance “Heartbreak Hotel.”

From 1956 by 1958 a American Bandstand check ranked Presley a nation’s many renouned masculine singer. He perceived $1 million a square for 4 successful movies: “Love Me Tender,” “Loving You,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “King Creole.” The pictures, total with his records, done his name a domicile word.

In 1958 Presley began a two-year join in a Army. He served in Bad Nauheim, Germany, where he rose to a arrange of sergeant.

New annals he had done before his initiation were sensibly expelled while he was aboard, and his recognition still was high on his lapse to municipal life.

Now came a uninformed spate of movies: “G.I. Blues,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Fun in Acapulco,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Harum Scarum,” “Double Trouble,” “Clambake” and “Change of Habit.”

When his cinema started to remove assembly appeal, Parker organised for his dependent to make special TV appearances.

Divorced in 1973

Presley was apropos richer and richer, pushing a Rolls Royce and 5 Cadillacs – embellished white, pink, blue canary yellow and gold. His residence in chased in Bel Air, Calif., were swarming with pinball machines, pool tables and juke boxes.

In 1967 he married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, and they had a daughter a following year. The integrate divorced in 1973.

Presley went into semi-retirement during a late 1960s with 400 million annals and 31 films to his credit.

When he done a brief reappearance in a limelight in 1972, he found his fans still faithful. Dressed in a white-and-gold jumpsuit and garment that had been bestowed on him by a Las Vegas hotel, he achieved to marvellous acclaim during 4 sellout concerts in Madison Square Garden.

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