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Known as the "King of Rock and Roll", Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was an American singer and musician who is regarded as one of the biggest cultural icons of the 20th century. Known for his distinct voice and gyrating hips, Presley began his professional career around 1955 when he signed with RCA Records. By the following year, Presley had a number one single with "Heartbreak Hotel" as well as a No.1 album, titled Elvis Presley. Not soon afterward, Presley developed a loyal fanbase and appeared regularly in concerts as well as late night shows and feature films.
In 1977, Presley died of heart failure at the age of 1972. His death was later found to be related to the use of prescription drugs. Though he died at a relatively young age, Presley had already cemented himself as an icon in American culture Throughout his lucrative career, Presley helped popularize rock 'n' roll music in America. His music contained 18 No. 1 singles, with examples being "Don't Be Cruel", "Suspicious Minds", and "Good Luck Charm". Presley was also one of the first five performers to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.