Gotta give it up for Elvis. Gotta.

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8/16/1977 (40 years ago today) - One of the most highly regarded and significant cultural icons in music history, Elvis Presley (his real name) passed away on this date at home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was only 42 years old.

Elvis' first record for RCA was "Heartbreak Hotel", which also became his first No. 1 on April 23, 1956, and remained in the top spot for eight consecutive weeks. Fact: Elvis holds the record for the most entries on the U.S. Hot 100 chart with a whopping 154!!!

Even long after his passing, Elvis remained a trend-setter: he became the first rock 'n' roll artist to be honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a set of commemorative stamps issued in 1993 on the day of his birth, January 8. OK, so in terms of E's performances, we say it is beyond ridiculously difficult to pick out only one, but this gem is definitely in our Top 3:

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"I just might turn into smoke/But I feel fine...", xoxo!