Elvis Presley, born January 8, 1935, beloved American singer, musician, and actor – it’s no secret he’s still, to this day, regarded as one of the 20th Century’s biggest cultural icons and the King of Rock and Roll … and Nashville, especially, has a special place in its heart for him:
- His first pop chart hit was his single “Heartbreak Hotel,” which had been recorded in Nashville.
- Shortly after RCA Studio B opened on Music Row in late 1957, Presley began recording there, regularly using session musicians known as the Nashville Cats. The studio would eventually be known as the “Home of 1,000 Hits,” and several of them were Presley’s.
- Between 1958 and 1971, he recorded over 240 songs in Studio B — more than at any other studio — including the indelible hits “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” “It’s Now or Never,” “A Big Hunk o’ Love” and “Crying in the Chapel.”
- Presley made what would be his only appearance on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry stage on October 2, 1954
In tribute to this Rock ‘n’ Roll icon’s birthday, we’ve compiled a glimpse at all of our “Running Elvi” over the years. What better way to honor the King than to grab your best Elvis-inspired outfit and run the streets of Nashville with us this April?
You’re bound to be in good company.
To learn more, check out “How Running Like the King Became a Thing” on The Tempo Blog.
Scroll through the gallery to see even more Running Elvi!