A competitor sports a tattoo of Elvis Presley on his chest during the annual European Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Convention in Birmingham, central England January 4, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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Elvis Presley would have been 80 years old on Thursday, an occasion that will be marked with a multi-day celebration in Memphis, Tennessee at his Graceland mansion.Presley was born in poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935, and as a teen moved to Memphis with his parents and absorbed the mixture of blues, rhythm and blues, and African-American gospel from which rock music emerged. His influence has been cited by top pop acts from The Beatles to Justin Timberlake.Country Music Hall of Fame guitarist Harold Bradley, 89, who played on many of Presley's RCA recordings on Nashville's Music Row, remembered Presley as "a terrific guy" with a tremendous influence.
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