On January 8, 1935, in Tupelo Mississippi, Elvis Aaron Presley was born to a lovely couple by the name of Vernon and Gladys Presley. He brought so much joy into the family. By the age of 18, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and he graduated from Humes High School there in 1953. The pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager were Elvis’ musical influences. He began a singing career in 1954 with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis Tennessee.
Being so young when he started, it is amazing to see that he had many different musical influences. Pop and country were influences at the time, gospel from his family, church, and the all-night gospel concerts that he frequently attended, and the R&B music he heard as a Memphis teen. Elvis went to Sun Records and paid four dollars to make his first record as a gift for his mom, and ended up being discovered. In 1954, Elvis began his singing career with Sun Records label. They were looking for a new sound that blended the best of black music, and the best of white music.
Elvis Aaron Presley, one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, started a new clothing style for his generation, influenced a new era of dance, and most notably introduced Rock and Roll to the world. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi into a loving but poor family (Tracy 1). From the young age of 7, Elvis showed a passion for music. He was introduced to music in the family’s Assembly of God church where the southern gospel music became an important influence on his success. When Elvis’ mother Gladys acquired enough money, she bought him his first guitar, he then taught himself to play and in October 1945, he had his first taste of success in music by placing in the town fair talent contest (“Famous Quotes”.
He first picked up guitar at age 12. He lost his brother Jack, at a young age and that helped him grow in his relationship with God, because of how religious his brother was and his desire to become a pastor in the church when he got older. His mother instilled into him many hymns at a young age and that was the base of his musical career. He began with Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two. Then became They signed a record deal with Sun Records, and despite the fact that Johnny went in as a gospel singer the record label though he could be so much more than gospel.
“A star can never die. It just turns into a smile and melts back into the cosmic music, the dance of life,” Michael Joseph Jackson once said. Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, musician and dancer. He was one of nine children born in a working-class African American family. Michael was introduced to music by his parents at a very young age and since then his potential in singing and dancing began to emerge.
Elvis Aaron Presley, in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953. Elvis? musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager.
Elvis changed the life of rock n’ roll forever and is also the king of rock n’ roll although as a kid he was thought of as “white trash” that played hillbilly music. He had a talent like no other such as singing Gospel music or paying the guitar while singing. Elvis’ contribution to the influence he gad on music was the largest in the history of rock n’ roll. Elvis Presley was born on January eighth, nineteen thirty-five, in Tuppenny, Mississippi to 18-year-old Vernon Elvis Presley and 22-year-old Gladys Love Presley. Presley’s brother, Jesse Garon Presley, was Presley’s identical twin at birth, but was stillborn thirty-five minutes before Presley(Adam, Elvis Encyclopedia).
Elvis' musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended. In 1954 he began his singing career making his first official single with the Sun Records label in Memphis. The single was called That's All Right (Mama)/ Blue Moon of Kentucky. On July 30 1954 Elvis had his first concert at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. In late 1955 his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor, and by 1956 he was an international sensation with his first hit Heartbreak Hotel.
Frank Sinatra called Ray “the only true genius in show business,” although Charles played this notion. The influences upon his music were mainly soul, jazz, rhythm and country artists of the day such as Art Tatum, Louis Jordan, and Louis Armstrong. His playing reflected influences from country blues, and strived piano styles. Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of "100 Greatest of All Time" in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important Elvis Presley.
His childhood, the height of his fame, and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his death made him the icon of the 1950’s that he is today. Throughout Elvis’s childhood and into his teenage years, the Presley family struggled to get by, but they never left their strong Christian faith. Elvis was inspired by gospel music and loved singing in church. When he was ten years old, he sang on stage for the first time at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo and received a standing ovation. A few months later for his eleventh birthday, Elvis’s mom bought him a gift that would forever change history (www.history.com).