Elvis Presley, the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, got his first No. 1 hit in the US in 1956 with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. Photo: EPA

‘The King’ Elvis Presley, 40 years after his death, remains an icon and a cautionary tale

He turned music on its head and has been a major influence on everyone from The Beatles to Bruno Mars, but Elvis also played a big part in his own downfall – even if it was just by being a ‘naive country boy’

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Elvis Presley, the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, got his first No. 1 hit in the US in 1956 with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. Photo: EPA
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