Born on Jan. 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was one of the greatest cultural icons of the 20th century, known to millions of fans around the world as “the King of Rock and Roll,” or simply, “the King.” Elvis was a transformative music figure who fused country, rhythm and blues, and elements of pop and gospel into what became the foundation of rock and roll. His extraordinary stage presence broke barriers, set the standard for all who followed, and galvanized an entire generation of youth culture.
In terms of pure numbers, Elvis is unmatched - according to Guinness World Records, Elvis is the best-selling solo artist of all time, with 1 billion sales worldwide. In March 2022, the RIAA certified that Elvis has sold 146.5 million albums in the U.S. He’s inspired a legion of impersonators, and pretenders to his throne come and go. But Elvis Presley will always be the King.
Baz Luhrman's latest musical, Elvis stars Austin Butler in the title role and Tom Hanks as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Elvis received eight Oscar nominations for the 95th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Costume Design.
Timed to coincide with Elvis Week 2023, Reinventing Elvis: The '68 Comeback is premiering on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday, August 15 and internationally on August 16. Directed by John Scheinfeld, the documentary is told from the perspective of Emmy Award-winning television director Steve Binder and includes interviews with Elvis experts, conversations with people in the audience and all-new versions of Elvis hits performed by contemporary artists.
With the spotlight once again on the King, Elvis fans can explore his legacy throughout L.A., from a historic recording studio to his favorite restaurants, hotels, and even a spiritual sanctuary near the Pacific Ocean. Read on and discover Elvis Presley’s Los Angeles.