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Portraits of The King: Elvis Presley as you've never seen him before as family release private photos

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Credits: Elvis: The Legend by Gillian G Gaar © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Elvis: The Legend by Gillian G Gaar Staring down the barrel of the lens, the young Elvis Presley is yet to turn 20 - but that famous sparkle in his eyes, the one which would go on to sell more than a billion records and break a million hearts, is already unmistakeable. 

The shot is from the early 50s, when Elvis was making his first mark on the charts. By 1960, he was the King of Rock n’ Roll - the gyrating, hip-swiggling, one-of-a-kind who changed music for ever.

He smashed records the world over, had no less than 33 hit films and became one of the most famous men of all time.

Credits: Elvis: The Legend by Gillian G Gaar

Credits: Elvis: The Legend by Gillian G Gaar
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Yet on August 16, 1977 his reign would come to a sudden end - when girlfriend Ginger Alden found him dead in the bathroom of his beloved Graceland estate, in Memphis, Tennessee - aged just 42. 

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Now 40 years on from the day music died, a stunning new book of photos from his family’s private collection brings to life some of his most beloved moments.

From his beginnings in a two-room shack in Tulep, Mississippi, through his army days and the happy moments in his over-the-top home, the images will remind you why - four decades on - we still can’t help falling in love with the so-called “Elvis the pelvis”.

The King might be dead, but he’ll long live on in history...

Also see: The best of Elvis: 40 essential songs from the King (Provided by Purple Clover))

The Best of Elvis: <p>He died 40 years ago, at the age of 42, but Elvis Presley's impact on music is still being felt. Here, to mark the anniversary, are 40 of the best songs ever recorded by the rockabilly pioneer who became known as the King.</p> The Ultimate Elvis Playlist

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