Dubbed "The King of Rock n' Roll," Elvis Presley transcended multiple musical genres and entertainment mediums, ultimately becoming a global phenomenon - the 20th Century personification of America's great potential, mirrored by its predisposition for self-destruction. As a teenager, Presley was discovered by Sam Phillips at Memphis' famous Sun Studio, home of other future musical giants like Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. A scant three years later, under the Svengali-like guidance of manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, the young singer exploded onto the national stage with a series of controversial TV appearances, culminating with three star-making guest spots on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971). The making of hit singles such as "Heartbreak Hotel" and movie roles in films like "Jailhouse Rock" (1957) were temporarily sidelined when the hip-shaking heartthrob was drafted into the U.S. Army for two years in 1958. After his triumphant return in 1960, Presley soon shifted his focus from music and live performances to his work in film. For almost 10 years, he would churn out nearly 30 films - which began a steady decline in quality by the mid-1960s - as his once prolific and groundbreaking recording career lost the relevance it had previously enjoyed. With his mesmerizing comeback in the televised special "Elvis" (NBC, 1968), Presley reinvented himself and rediscovered his passion for live performance. His historic globally broadcast live concert "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" (1973) would be the pinnacle of a career that had already exceeded existing perceptions of fame and success. Sadly, the years that followed saw Presley's physical and emotional state deteriorate due to the shocking pharmacopeia he had for so long relied upon to meet the grueling demands of constant touring. When Presley died at the age of 42 in August of 1977, it was simultaneously the end of a career unlike anything the world had ever known and the beginning of a true cultural icon.