“Howes’ Illnesses of the Famous: Elvis Aaron Presley – Part 1 of 3”
Elvis was both a superstar and a super-troubled man. His conflicted life and his multiple medical illnesses will require a number of my articles for clarification. He was born in East Tupelo in a two room, wooden shack that his father built with $180 of borrowed money. Elvis had an identical twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, who was stillborn. At thirteen, Elvis moved to Memphis, where he primarily lived until his death. Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th century popular culture and the best selling solo artist in the history of popular music. He had a fantastically versatile voice, which allowed him to perform in a wide musical range including rock and roll, country, pop, gospel, ballads and blues. Sadly, he was caught between two colliding worlds. Elvis had deep Pentecostal religious roots but was tragically ensnared into the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Interestingly, the FBI had over a 600 page file on Elvis.