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In pictures: Elvis Presley's life

circa 1945:  Elvis Presley standing between his parents outside their home in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in 1935 in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi. His mother Gladys worked as a cotton picker, while his father Vernon drifted from job to job.

circa 1957:  Elvis Presley performing outdoors on a small stage to the adulation of a  young crowd.

With his rebellious style, provocative moves and a new sound that fused blues with country, Elvis is credited with inventing rock 'n' roll.

Portrait of Elvis Presley as he holds a double-necked guitar, mid 1950s.

Elvis released his first single in 1955 and scored his first chart-topper with Heartbreak Hotel the following year. He went on to sell almost 120 million records in the US alone.

circa 1955: Elvis Presley and Liberace exchange personal trademarks while standing together. Presley holds a candelabra while Liberace plays guitar

The singer soon became a global phenomenon, and is seen here swapping personal trademark items with Liberace, another of America's cultural icons from the era.

Circa 1958: Elvis Presley sits in a restaurant wearing his US Army uniform.

Despite being a worldwide star, Elvis was called up to do military service. He was drafted in 1958 for two years and sent to Germany, where he rose to the rank of sergeant.

1961: Dean Martin (second left) celebrates his birthday with producer Hal Wallis (left), Shirley MacLaine and Elvis Presley while in production for Joseph Anthony's film All in a Night's Work.

Elvis joined fellow superstars Dean Martin (second left) and Shirley MacLaine to celebrate Martin's birthday in 1961 on the set of Martin's movie All in a Night's Work.

Elvis Presley holds the hand of Ursula Andress in a still from the film Fun in Acapulco, directed by Richard Thorpe, 1963.

As well as being a musical phenomenon, Elvis also enjoyed a prolific and successful movie career. He is seen here with Ursula Andress in 1963's Fun in Acapulco.

13th February 1968:  Elvis and Priscilla Presley with their daughter, Lisa Marie, born on 2nd February.

In 1967, Elvis married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu in Las Vegas after meeting her while in the army. Their daughter Lisa-Marie was born in 1968, but the couple divorced five years later.

President Richard Nixon shakes hands with Elvis Presley December 21, 1970 at the White House.

Elvis met US President Richard Nixon in 1970, when the singer suggested he be made a Federal Agent-at-Large in the fight against drugs and "Communist brainwashing".

Elvis Presley circa 1975

In the 1970s, his chart hits and movie smashes dried up - but Elvis reinvigorated his career as a touring artist. He played almost 1,100 concerts between 1969 and 1977.

Elvis Presley is shown performing in Providence, RI on May 23, 1977, three months before his death.

But greasy foods and prescription drugs took their toll on Elvis' health. He died of a heart attack brought on largely by drug abuse on 16 August 1977, aged 42.

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