Singer Elvis Presley is shown between takes at (Credit: AP)

Singer Elvis Presley is shown between takes at his first RCA Victor recording session in Nashville, Tenn. in January, 1956.

Elvis Presley through the years

Elvis Presley's abrupt death on Aug. 16, 1977 shocked legions of fans still mesmerized today by his singing, sex appeal and on-stage charisma. Here are photos of the iconic singer through the years.

Elvis Presley plays guitar during a concert in
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Elvis Presley plays guitar during a concert in Fort Worth, Texas, early in his career.

From left, Elvis Presley, with bass player Bill
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From left, Elvis Presley, with bass player Bill Black, guitarist Scotty Moore and Sun Records and Memphis Recording studio head Sam Phillips, far right, pose during a recording session in Memphis, Tenn., in 1954.

Singer Elvis Presley is shown between takes at
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Singer Elvis Presley is shown between takes at his first RCA Victor recording session in Nashville, Tenn. in January, 1956.

Elvis Presley performs in this photo, which was
(Credit: AP, 1956)

Elvis Presley performs in this photo, which was used for his first RCA Victor album cover.

Elvis Presley tries on clothes at Lansky's Men's
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Elvis Presley tries on clothes at Lansky's Men's Store in Memphis, Tenn. Helping him is Bernard Lansky whose family ran the shop on Beale Street. Presley bought clothes at Lansky's throughout his career.

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Rock and roll star Elvis Presley plays with
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Rock and roll star Elvis Presley plays with his puppy Sweet Pea after a brief fistfight with two filling station attendants, one of whom received a black eye. (Oct. 18, 1956)

This is a photo from the film "Jailhouse
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This is a photo from the film "Jailhouse Rock" in which Elvis Presley plays a convict who becomes a rock star.

Elvis Presley in 1957.
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Elvis Presley in 1957.

Elvis Presley and his Gibson J-200 guitar in
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Elvis Presley and his Gibson J-200 guitar in 1957.

Elvis Presley on his theater tour in the
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Elvis Presley on his theater tour in the summer of 1957. Scotty Moore is on guitar and Bill Black is playing the stand up bass.

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Elvis Presley poses with wife Priscilla and daughter
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Elvis Presley poses with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie, in a room at Baptist hospital in Memphis, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 1968)

Elvis Presley while stationed in Germany with the
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Elvis Presley while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army.

Elvis Presley is seen relaxing in 1958.
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Elvis Presley is seen relaxing in 1958.

A young Private Elvis Presley is shown at
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A young Private Elvis Presley is shown at an upright piano in the recreation hall, Headquarters Company, Third Armored Division, in Friedberg, West Germany in the Spring of 1959.

The nation's new 50-star flag makes its film
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The nation's new 50-star flag makes its film debut as a backdrop for a movie by Paramount Pictures. Far too large ever to be flown, the 21-by-42 silk flag with 14-inch stars and 18-inch wide stripes was made up for this scene starring Elvis Presley, left center, in Hal Wallis' "G.I. Blues". (July 4, 1960)

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Joan Blackman and Elvis Presley in a scene
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Joan Blackman and Elvis Presley in a scene from the 1961 film "Blue Hawaii."

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret are shown in a
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Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret are shown in a publicity photo for the 1964 film, " Viva Las Vegas."

Elvis Presley is seen as a honky-tonk performer
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Elvis Presley is seen as a honky-tonk performer on the midway in the 1964 MGM film "Roustabout."

Elvis Presley and actress Ann-Margret pose in a
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Elvis Presley and actress Ann-Margret pose in a publicity photo for the 1964 film, "Viva Las Vegas."

Elvis Presley is shown performing in this undated
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Elvis Presley is shown performing in this undated photo at an unknown location.

Singer Elvis Presley and his bride, the former
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Singer Elvis Presley and his bride, the former Priscilla Beaulieu, are shown at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., after their wedding on May 1, 1967. Presley, 32, and Beaulieu, 21, both from Memphis, Tenn., met while he was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army.

Elvis Presley in the 1969 film "Charro!"
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Elvis Presley in the 1969 film "Charro!"

Elvis Presley in the 1969 film "Charro!"
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Elvis Presley in the 1969 film "Charro!"

Elvis Presley at the International Hotel where he
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Elvis Presley at the International Hotel where he made his first public stage appearance in nine years in Las Vegas, Nev. (Aug. 1969)

Elvis Presley performs in this undated photo.
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Elvis Presley performs in this undated photo.