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.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
BuzzFeed News Photo Essay Editor
Posted on August 16, 2017, at 5:08 p.m. ET
Elvis Presley poses for a family portrait in 1937, with his parents, Vernon Presley and Gladys Presley, in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Elvis greets fans backstage after performing in Cleveland on Oct. 19, 1955.
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.
Elvis holds a stack of 45s of "That's All Right," his first commercial recording, in 1954.
A screaming crowd of teenage girls are restrained by police outside an Elvis concert in 1956.
Elvis performs onstage at Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 1955.
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.
Teenager Ruby Hoff listens to Elvis records on her bed, surrounded by photos of the performer, on Jan. 25, 1957.
Elvis is consoled while backstage before performing in St. Paul, Minnesota, on May 13, 1956.
Elvis takes a breather during a recording session with executive Steve Sholes (left) on April 1, 1956.
Crowds outside the Paramount Theater in New York City await the premier of Elvis's first film, Love Me Tender, on Nov. 15, 1956.
A photographer captures a candid snap of Elvis in 1955.
Elvis is sworn into the US Army in 1958.
A barber gives Elvis a crew cut in preparation for his tour of duty in the US Army in Germany, 1959.
Elvis holds an antitank weapon during his Army training in 1959.
Newlyweds Elvis and Priscilla Presley cut their wedding cake on May 1, 1967.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley are pelted with rice on their wedding day in 1967.
Elvis and Priscilla embrace on their Hawaii estate in 1968.
Elvis and Priscilla leave a Memphis hospital with their newborn daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on Feb. 7, 1968.
Elvis, Priscilla, and Lisa Marie Presley lounge on their Hawaii estate in the late 1960s.
Elvis performs on his comeback TV special on June 27, 1968.
An illuminated sign advertises an Elvis concert In Las Vegas, 1972.
Elvis arrives in Hawaii for his iconic televised concert in 1973.
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.
A fan is overcome with emotion at a memorial service for Elvis in August 1977.
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.
A sea of flowers laid by mourners cover the lawn at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, where Elvis was originally buried.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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