Happy birthday, Elvis! America’s greatest rock and roll star, Elvis Presley, was born on Jan. 8, 1935. On his 19th birthday he paid Sun Records $4 to record two songs for his mother.
Two years later, on his 21st birthday, Elvis’s first two-sided hit, “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog,” both went to No.1 on the pop charts. And a year after that, in 1957, Elvis passed his Army pre-induction physical exam. His entrance into the U.S. Army was the inspiration for the Broadway play and hit movie, “Bye Bye Birdie.”
Continuing the birthday tradition, the U.S. Postal Service chose what would have been Elvis’s 58th birthday in 1993 to issue the Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp.
Several generations of fans continue to respond to his request to "Love Me Tender." Today, more than 30 years after his death, Elvis’s records sell in the multimillions every year, and his movies are still a popular feature on late-night television.