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That is why Elvis Presley is and will remain a legend

If he hadn't left us too soon, Elvis Presley would be celebrating his 80th birthday today. But even after his death, Elvis remained the icon of the music world for decades. We explain why.

When Elvis Aaron Presley first saw the light of day on January 8, 1935, no one could have foreseen the impact he would have on the music world. His family lived in poor conditions, and despite his early passion for music, Elvis had to work as a mechanic and truck driver after high school. But then he revolutionized the music landscape and became the biggest star of his time. "Before Elvis there was nothing at all", John Lennon once explained, the composer Leonard Bernstein called him "the greatest cultural force of the 20th century". And even today, the King of Rock'n'Roll is one of the most important icons of pop culture. Five reasons for its legendary status.


Hits for the ages

On the late evening of July 5, 1954, music history was written: After a rather fruitless country session with the musicians Winfield "Scotty" Moore and Bill Black, the still unknown Elvis spontaneously joined the blues classic "That's All Right" by Arthur Crudup, However, it played it much faster than the original - the rockabilly sound was born. Producer Sam Phillips, who had been looking for a way to bring black music to the white market for a long time, was thrilled and immediately recorded the song. The single immediately sold 20,000 copies, but that was just the beginning. Rockabilly became the dominant trend in the next few years, the youth of the 1950s had found their sound. But unlike many of his colleagues, Elvis survived the end of this trend and always kept up with the times in the years that followed. Be it the more poppy rock'n'roll sound of the 60s, country or soul, Elvis could do something with almost any style and always remained unmistakable with his exceptional voice. Everyone knows hits like "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender", music for the ages.


Its unmistakable look

Be it the young rock'n'roller in a leather jacket or the slightly larger entertainer in a glitter suit: everyone recognizes Elvis' look at first glance. Above all, of course, the great one, which embodies the rock'n'roll era like no other hairstyle. It was the standard hairstyle for decades in youth movements like the Rockabillys and the Teds and has survived in various subcultures to this day. The Elvis great also remained popular with the stars: From Johnny Cash and James Dean to John Travolta and Sean Penn to Justin Bieber and Andreas Gabalier, musicians and actors pay tribute to the King of Rock'n'Roll to this day. And then of course there are the legions of Elvis imitators who keep his style alive around the world true to the original.


The swing of the hips

While Miley Cyrus, for example, offers almost gynecological insights in her shows today, Elvis only made the girls freak out and the morals on the barricades with his hip swing. His early appearances were often censored on television: the camera remained steadfastly aimed at the king's upper body. Elvis "the Pelvis" was one of the great sex symbols of his time, and not necessarily only among women: "I'm as straight as anything, but I have to tell you, no matter whether you were male or female, you inevitably paused, to look at him. That's how good he looked, "recalled Steve Binder, director of a comeback special in 1968.


His mysterious private life

He was at home on stage, but apart from it Elvis shied away from the limelight. He hardly gave interviews and never answered questions about his private life and his political views. He did not appear on talk shows and avoided award ceremonies and other celebrity events. There was all the more speculation about the life and love of the superstar, the gossip papers were full of reports of alleged romances with Hollywood stars. Even after his unexpected death, hardly any documents were found that provided information about the star's private life. The door and gate to the creation of myths were thus opened.


His mysterious death

As cynical as that may sound, Elvis could hardly have had a better finish to become a myth. His sudden death on August 16, 1977 shocked the world, especially since the question of why was inadequately answered. Even before the autopsy, the doctors at the clinic to which Elvis had been taken declared a heart condition to be the cause of death at a press conference. The autopsy report was full of inconsistencies, and ABC journalists later wanted to prove that Elvis had died of a drug overdose that was supposed to be covered up. Recent research suggests a congenital bowel disease as the cause of death, but in the meantime entire books have been filled with a wide variety of theories. And while Elvis' grave in Memphis became the pilgrimage site of his followers, other fans were even convinced that the King had only faked his death to withdraw from the public. But no matter whether Elvis has been resting in his crypt for almost 40 years or maybe celebrating his 80th birthday somewhere anonymously today, he is and will remain a legend.