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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

“Before Elvis, there was nothing.” – John Lennon August 16, 2007

Filed under: Biography,Books,Music,Nonfiction — svref @ 1:07 pm


Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley. Larger than life, even in death, thousands of Elvis fans and music lovers around the world will pay respects today to one of true innovators in music history.

Elvis Aaron Presley (read about his middle name controversy) was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi and moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948. Elvis began singing with Sun Records in 1954 and was a household name by 1956. Among his unmatched credits are global sales of over one billion records, and 150 albums or singles that went gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. He was nominated for 14 Grammy awards and won three. He starred in 33 films, numerous television specials, and is remembered as one of the greatest live concert performers ever.

Handsome, talented, and controversial, Elvis has been a subject of public interest ever since his death on August 16, 1977, at the Graceland mansion in Memphis. As his legend has grown through the years, numerous books have been written about his life and influence on the music industry and popular culture. Elvis’ music has not gone out of style and has even experienced a surge in popularity among the younger generation after being featured prominently in hit movies like Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and the Ocean’s Eleven series of feature films.

Rocker Bruce Springsteen said, “There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.” Music legend John Lennon may have summed it up best when he said, “Before Elvis, there was nothing.”

Here are some recent Elvis additions to our collection you may be interested in (also check in Nonfiction at 782.4216 or in the Biography section under ‘PRESLEY’):


Most Elvis music CDs can be found in the Rock section at CD 781.66 PRESLEY.

[some biographical information from, the Official web site for Elvis Presley]


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