On January 8, 1935 in the town of Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley was born to a truck driver named Vernon Presley, and a sewing machine operator named Gladys Presley. Gladys Presley actually gave birth to identical twins named Jesse Garon, who was still born, and Elvis Aaron. As an only child, Elvis would grow to become very close to his mother and she would become a major focal point in his life.
Elvis would have a very difficult childhood. Because he stuttered, his fellow classmates would throw rotten fruit at him as well as tease him relentlessly. To our gain, Elvis would eventually be cured of his stuttering problem.
At the young age of 10 years old, Elvis would perform in front of the public for the first time. Dressed up as a cowboy and singing Red Foley's Old Shep, Elvis would win the second place prize in a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. Elvis would use his guitar that his mother bought for him instead of the rifle he wanted.
Two years later, the Presley's would move to Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis would spend a great deal of time practicing playing his guitar in the laundry room where he lived and would soon form a band with the other tenants.
Elvis worked during the evening in order to help with the family expenses. He began dressing in flashy clothes and started growing his famous sideburns out. Once again he would be mocked and bullied for being different. Apparently it didn't have a negative effect on his music because during a performance at the Annual Minstrel Show, he would receive a rousing round of applause after singing the song, Cold Cold Icy Fingers.
Elvis musical horizons expanded while living in Memphis, Tennessee. He often played old records while hanging out at the local listening booths. His deep love for music would soon lead him to many blues and hillbilly hot spots. Elvis began wondering what his voice would sound like recorded.
It would not be much longer to find out. Elvis would record two songs, I'll Never Stand In Your Way and It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You on a demo acetate and present it to the Sun Studios.
RCA liked what they heard and soon set up recording sessions for Elvis as well as getting him some professional musicians to back him up. They were Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on bass and drummer D.J. Fontana. They would record five songs in just two days, including Heartbreak Hotel, in a Nashville studio on January 10, 1956. Soon after, Elvis began playing regular live performances all around the Memphis area promoting Heartbreak Hotel.
His still famous trademark moves of leg shaking and hip gyrating, which was originally seen during a performance of Hound Dog, was done because Elvis would get very nervousness whenever he performed onstage in front of an audience packed with women. The leg shaking and hip gyrating was how he masked his nervousness.
It was not long before Elvis Presley began making hit after hit and was playing to packed audiences show after show. The kind of music Elvis played was completely new to audiences and so was the way Elvis performed. This once shy, polite and stuttering boy was now on his way to making music history. This short Elvis Presley biography is but a very brief look into the Kings historic past. We will look at the rest of Elvis Presley's biography later on. Who wants to watch an Elvis Presley movie?
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Where was Elvis born and raised, and how did it influence his music?
Elvis' Family and Friends
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How Elvis Broke into the Music Business
How did Elvis first get into music and what reaction did he get?
Elvis' First Recording Successes
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How Elvis' Image Evolved During the Years
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The Historical Performances that Made Him King
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Elvis in Hollywood
How did the musician become an actor, and what was his life like then?
Elvis in the Military
What made Elvis join the military and how did that choice affect him?
Elvis' Marriage to Priscilla
Who was Priscilla and what kind of life did Elvis have with her as his wife?
Elvis' Daughter, Lisa Marie
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Elvis' Home at Graceland
Where is Graceland and how is it preserving Elvis' memory?
Elvis' Problem with Drug Addictions
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Elvis' Return to Record-Breaking Live Performances
What brought Elvis back to live performances and how did fans react?
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Elvis' Final Days
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