Face-to-Face: Elvis Presley portrait

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As part of the National Portrait Gallery's education program "Face-to-Face," NPG researcher Warren Perry discusses a portrait of Elvis Presley by Ralph Wolfe Cowan. On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. Many stories about the King of Rock and Roll have taken on monumental and mythical status. Most everyone who has heard of Elvis has also heard the story about the King shooting the television set, the late-night exploits of the Memphis Mafia at Graceland, or Elvis flying from Memphis to Denver to pick up a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. Recorded at NPG, January 8, 2009. Image info: Elvis Aron Presley / Ralph Wolfe Cowan,1976-1988 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of R.W. Cowan. Face-to-Face talk currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page. ["Elvis Presley" by Ralph Wolfe Cowan. NPG.90.114]

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