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29 Beautifully Vintage Pictures From Elvis Presley's Life

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Elvis Presley's death in 1977, here's a look back at the incredible life led by the king of rock ’n’ roll.

Posted on August 16, 2017, at 5:08 p.m. ET

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Elvis Presley poses for a family portrait in 1937, with his parents, Vernon Presley and Gladys Presley, in Tupelo, Mississippi.

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Elvis greets fans backstage after performing in Cleveland on Oct. 19, 1955.

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Elvis joins his guitar player Scotty Moore (left) and bass player Bill Black on a weekly broadcast of Louisiana Hayride at the Shreveport Auditorium, just three months after Elvis left home for the first time on Oct. 16, 1954.

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Elvis holds a stack of 45s of "That's All Right," his first commercial recording, in 1954.

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A screaming crowd of teenage girls are restrained by police outside an Elvis concert in 1956.

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Elvis performs onstage at Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 1955.

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Left: A hysterical teen is removed to a first aid station at an Elvis concert at the Chicago Amphitheater in1957. Right: Concertgoers scream during an Elvis concert on April 1, 1956.

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Teenager Ruby Hoff listens to Elvis records on her bed, surrounded by photos of the performer, on Jan. 25, 1957.

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Elvis is consoled while backstage before performing in St. Paul, Minnesota, on May 13, 1956.

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Elvis takes a breather during a recording session with executive Steve Sholes (left) on April 1, 1956.

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Crowds outside the Paramount Theater in New York City await the premier of Elvis's first film, Love Me Tender, on Nov. 15, 1956.

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A photographer captures a candid snap of Elvis in 1955.

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Elvis is sworn into the US Army in 1958.

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A barber gives Elvis a crew cut in preparation for his tour of duty in the US Army in Germany, 1959.

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Elvis holds an antitank weapon during his Army training in 1959.

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Newlyweds Elvis and Priscilla Presley cut their wedding cake on May 1, 1967.

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Elvis and Priscilla Presley are pelted with rice on their wedding day in 1967.

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Elvis and Priscilla embrace on their Hawaii estate in 1968.

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Elvis and Priscilla leave a Memphis hospital with their newborn daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on Feb. 7, 1968.

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Elvis, Priscilla, and Lisa Marie Presley lounge on their Hawaii estate in the late 1960s.

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Elvis performs on his comeback TV special on June 27, 1968.

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An illuminated sign advertises an Elvis concert In Las Vegas, 1972.

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Elvis arrives in Hawaii for his iconic televised concert in 1973.

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A police officer stands guard as mourners leave flowers to honor Elvis's 1977 death from a heart attack.


Hundreds of mourners wait outside the Elvis's Graceland mansion before being allowed to view his body on Aug. 17, 1977.

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A fan is overcome with emotion at a memorial service for Elvis in August 1977.

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Crowds of people line the streets in Memphis as police officers on motorcycles escort the white hearse containing the body of Elvis to his funeral on Aug. 18, 1977.

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A sea of flowers laid by mourners cover the lawn at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, where Elvis was originally buried.

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