Hail to The King, baby: Remembering Elvis Presley

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With Wednesday marking the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, join us in remembering The King with a look at his life and career and the legacy he left behind.

Elvis Aaron Presley, seen here in a 1955 publicity photo, was born on Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Vernon Elvis and Gladys Love Presley. His twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, was stillborn.

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Pictured is the two-room shotgun house in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Presley was born.

Presley made his radio debut on July 7, 1954, when WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right." The response from listeners was so overwhelming that DJ Dewey Phillips played the song repeatedly for the last two hours of his show before interviewing Presley live on the air.

Presley had to strip to his waist to escape from a fan riot during the concerts he performed in Jacksonville, Florida, in May 1955.

Elvis Presley and Ed Sullivan during rehearsals for his second appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" on Oct. 26, 1956.

Elvis made 31 films as an actor, getting his start with 1956's "Love Me Tender," a western which featured Elvis' title track.

Elvis Presley and Yvonne Lime in a publicity photo for the 1957 movie "Loving You."

A publicity photo for the 1957 film "Jailhouse Rock."

Juliet Prowse and Elvis Presley in a publicity still for the 1960 movie "G.I. Blues." The movie was Presley's first following a two-year stint in the Army.

He underwent basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, before serving with the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant in early March 1960.

Presley entertains King Mehendra and Queen Ratna of Nepal on a movie set in Los Angeles in May 1960.

A promotional poster for 1962's "Girls! Girls! Girls!" plays up Elvis' image as a sex symbol.

Presley married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu on May 1, 1967, in Las Vegas. Seen here is a detail view of a copy of their marriage license on display at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

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Elvis Presley kissing his new bride Priscilla on their wedding day at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.

Elvis Presley and Priscilla with their newborn daughter, Lisa Marie, in February 1968.

Elvis Presley in a publicity photo for the 1969 movie "The Trouble with Girls," one of his last acting roles.

Elvis Presley and his longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker on the set of the 1969 film "Change of Habit." The film was his 31st and final film acting role, with his final film appearances coming in concert documentaries.

This bizarre photo opportunity came on Dec. 21, 1970, when Elvis met President Richard Nixon at the White House. Presley expressed his patriotism and contempt for the hippie drug culture, asking Nixon for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge.

Presley died of a heart attack at his Graceland mansion on Aug. 16, 1977. His body was initially interred at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis alongside his mother's grave, but they were both moved to Graceland's Meditation Garden (pictured) in October 1977 following the arrest of three people for trying to steal Presley's remains.

After allowing the public to vote between portraits of the singer -- a thin, '50s Elvis or a jumpsuited, fatter '70s one, the U.S. Postal Service debuted an Elvis commemorative stamp on what would have been the singer's 58th birthday on Jan. 8, 1993. The 29-cent stamp featured the likeness of the 1950's-era Elvis, which had won in a landslide.

Elvis impersonator Carlon Gargallo from Spain is photographed at Presley's gravesite in the Meditation Gardens area of Graceland during Elvis Week on Aug. 12, 2002, in Memphis, Tennessee. Nearly 100,000 fans attended the celebration of all things Elvis that year, which marked the 25th anniversary of Presley's death.

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A typed letter signed by Presley is displayed at the 20th Century Fox auction for the Motion Picture and Television Fund on Jan. 22, 2006, in New York City.

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A view of Graceland is shown on March 27, 2006, when the former home of the king of rock 'n' roll was designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Presley's gun license application showing his fingerprints is displayed at the Idea Generation Gallery on Sept. 3, 2008, in London. The application sold for $81,740.

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An Elvis Presley autographed photo inscribed "To Dr. Nick" is seen at Julien's Auctions Summer Entertainment Sale press preview at Planet Hollywood on June 4, 2009, in New York City.

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A "Mr. Karate" diamond ring once owned and worn by Elvis is on display during an auction preview show at the Gotta Have It! store on Oct. 6, 2010, in New York City.

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An original photograph of Elvis Presley autographed and inscribed to songwriter and composer Irving Berlin is seen on auction at the Gotta Have It! store on March 21, 2012, in New York City.

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An Elvis Presley concert poster is seen on display at a private media viewing at the Gotta Have It! gallery store on Sept. 18, 2013, in New York City.

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A jumpsuit that was worn by Elvis is displayed during a press call at the "Elvis at the O2, The Exhibition of His Life" on Dec. 11, 2014, in London, England. The exhibition is the largest ever retrospective ever to take place in Europe, and features more than 300 artifacts from the Presley family's Graceland Archives.

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