We've already talked about Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, and the talented guys that portray them in Welk Resort's "Million Dollar Quartet" in Branson. That leaves us two more of the original entertainers to talk about, and today is Elvis' day! We almost don't need to publish a short bio on him, as we all know most of his story. However, we want you to definitely become more familiar with Tyler K. Hunter, who plays the role of Elvis Presley in this fun musical production.
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Tyler felt a huge connection to the music and persona of Elvis Presley while growing up, and wanted to become an entertainer because of it. Tyler was the grand champion of the Elvis Explosion Competition in 2012, and represented Tupelo, Mississippi in Elvis Presley Enterprises' Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition that same year.
He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actor and recording artist. Tyler has appeared in sevberal mainstream shows across the United States, including Legends in Concert. He portrayed the role of young Elvis Presley in the Las Vegas cast as well as in the National Tour of the hit Tony Award winning Broadway show, "Million Dollar Quartet". Tyler was happy to be chosen again for perform his favorite role in his favorite city, the Branson production of "Million Dollar Quartet".
"Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King".
Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi as a twinless twin, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.
In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42.
Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is thebest-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame." (1)
"Love Me Tender": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txh5l7cQXa0
"Jaihouse Rock": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qka6JrKUM5U
To hear the original recording of the Million Dollar Quartet at Sun Records: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKpg3PkGlZs