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Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in this humble 2-room house in Tupelo, MS, on January 8, 1935. 960 1280

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Elvis moved to Memphis, TN, with his family at the age of 13. In August 1953, he strolled into the legendary Sun Records office hoping to be discovered. Owner Sam Phillips quickly recognized his potential. 960 1280

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Sam Phillips paired Elvis with guitarist Winfield "Scotty" Moore and bass player Bill Black. At Sun, the trio pioneered the 'rockabilly' sound -- a fusion of country music with rhythm-and-blues that was speeded up, or "rocked." 960 1280

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By 1956, Elvis was an international sensation, with 7 #1 singles and a controversial gyrating performance style. In this July 1956 TV appearance on "The Steve Allen Show," Allen made Elvis sing "Hound Dog" to a basset hound wearing a top hat and bow tie. 960 1280

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In 1957, Elvis made his third movie appearance in the musical "Jailhouse Rock," based on his #1 single of the same name. Elvis would go on to star in over 30 Hollywood movies. 960 1280

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On March 24, 1958, Elvis was drafted into the US Army, bringing his recording and acting career to a screeching halt. While stationed in Friedberg, Germany, he met his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu. 960 1280

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Elvis and Priscilla were married on May 1, 1967, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. 960 1280

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In 1970, Elvis began a record-breaking 5-year stint performing at the International Hotel (now the Las Vegas Hilton) in Las Vegas. That year, he also scored his first #1 hit in 7 years with "Suspicious Minds." 960 1280

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On December 21, 1970, Elvis made a bizarre visit to the White House to meet with President Richard M. Nixon. While there, he expressed his patriotism and his contempt for the hippie drug culture, accused The Beatles of fomenting anti-Americanism, and asked Nixon for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge. 960 1280

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On January 14, 1973, Presley performed in a groundbreaking TV special, "Aloha from Hawaii" -- the first global concert satellite broadcast, reaching approximately 1.5 billion viewers. The accompanying double album became Elvis' last #1 hit in his lifetime. 960 1280

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Elvis appears on a large video screen at Radio City Music Hall during a sound check for a "virtual concert." A live orchestra and members of Presley's original band performed on stage with vintage video of the King for 3 sold-out performances in March 1998. 960 1280

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Fans visit the grave of Elvis Presley during his 75th birthday celebration in the meditation garden at Graceland in Memphis, TN, on January 8, 2010. 960 1280

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Coachella
Coachella Valley Music & Art festival

Coachella Valley Music & Art festival

The 3-day festival known as the Coachella Valley Music & Art festival is held each April in Indio, CA. Past performances have featured Madonna, Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix and Arcade Fire, to name a few.
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Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival

A Chicago summer staple, the Pitchfork Music Festival brought its music to Paris in 2011. The 2-day festival took place in La Grande Halle de la Villette with more than 20 bands and DJs providing the entertainment. 960 1280

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown exponentially since its launch in 2000. The festival brings over 40 international and local artists together, making it "Africa's Grandest Gathering." 960 1280

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Festival Internacional de Benicassim

Festival Internacional de Benicassim

The Festival Internacional de Benicassim, better known as FIB, is a 4-day long festival in Benicassim, a small Spanish beach town located between Valencia and Barcelona. Ranging from electro, pop, indie and rock, the music starts at night and goes on through the morning. 960 1280

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

The 4-day festival features a wide variety of acts and occurs each year in Manchester, TN. Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z have all performed in the past.
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Big Day Out Festival

Big Day Out Festival

An overall look at the Big Day Out Festival at the Sydney Showground in Australia. The festival travels to several cities in Australia and New Zealand each year.
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Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

Each year, 70,000 people come to Austin, TX, for this 3-day festival that features over 130 different acts from all over the world. Shown here, Flosstradamus performs on the Miller Lite stage at Zilker Park. 960 1280

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Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival

Fans watch performers on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in England. 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of what has become the largest music festival in Europe. Coldplay, the Who, Neil Young, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder have all performed here. 960 1280

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Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

Head to Chicago's historic Grant Park for a 3-day, ultimate jam session featuring artists from a variety of genres, including alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip-hop.
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New Orleans Jazz & Hertiage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Hertiage Festival

Jazz Fest is held in New Orleans in the end of April/beginning of May each year. In addition to local performers, past performers have included James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett and Dave Matthews Band. 960 1280

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Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival

Paul McCartney performs at the 2015 Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark. Proceeds from the festival benefit children and young people as well as humanitarian efforts and cultural work. 960 1280

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Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Major Lazer performs onstage at the 2016 Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre. 960 1280

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Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass

Festivalgoers watch The Vaccines perform at the Splendour in the Grass music festival in Woodford, Australia. 960 1280

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Summerfest

Summerfest

American country musician Vince Gill performs onstage at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the festival as the world's largest. The 11-day festival features 700 bands and starts the last Thursday in June. 960 1280

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South by Southwest

South by Southwest

Crowds fill the streets during the 2015 South By Southwest Music Festival. Held each March, the four-day festival attracts over 2,000 performers who play in more than 90 venues in downtown Austin, Texas. 960 1280

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Primavera Sound Festival

Primavera Sound Festival

Brian Wilson performs at the 2016 Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. The White Stripes, Lou Reed, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Pixies have all performed here in the past. 960 1280

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