Elvis Presley — all quivering hips and pouty lips — hit the scene in the 1950s, singing songs kids couldn't resist. Today, Elvis's image and music are as much a part of American popular culture as ever. Born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Aron Presley was destined to rewrite the history of music almost from the moment he picked up a guitar. Somewhere in all his fame, the singer from Tupelo got lost — and that's the saddest song of all. This perceptive biography illuminates the overwhelming life of an American icon, from his extraordinary rise to his final fall.