WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8: ELVIS' 75TH
Profile America -- Friday, January 8th. Today marks Elvis Presley's 75th birthday. From the time when his first record was released in 1954 until his death in 1977, Presley became one of the nation's most revered entertainers. His mixing of musical styles from both black and white singers, and his gyrations on stage made him controversial at first. But songs such as "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes" sold millions of records to adoring young people, and he later became a fixture performing in Las Vegas. His music and appearance still have powerful appeal, and it's estimated that several thousand people work as Elvis impersonators or "Elvis tribute artists." They are among 40,000 entertainers and performers appearing across the country. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, now preparing for the 2010 Census on April 1st.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 79
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 596
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau