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).
In 1949, Elvis was enrolled in the L.C. Humes High School in Memphis. The total combined salary of both his parents was a mere $35 dollars a week, but they managed. In 1953, Elvis graduated from high school and began working as a truck driver while he studied evenings to become an electrician. One day, while driving a truck for his company, Elvis noticed a sign that read, "Memphis Recording Service-Make Your Own Records.
During his teens he worked as an usher and a truck driver. Elvis was driving down the road in his truck one day when he saw a sign that said RECORD MUSIC-FOUR SONGS FOR TWO DOLLARS. Elvis decided that he should see where he could take this opportunity. He went into the studio and recorded two songs for his mother. Elvis enjoyed recording and singing and began to send his tapes to managers.
Elvis also makes his second public appearance by singing “Cold, Cold Icy Finger” at the Annual school Christmas concert. Elvis graduates from Humes High School and takes his first full time job at the Precision Tool Company, then is employed by The Crown Electric Co as a trucker. Elvis sees a sign for Memphis Record Service and decides to make a private recording to give his mother a surprise, Elvis commits his voice for the first time ever to tape. Sam Phillips, who owns the company and the associated Sun Record label, finds his voice interesting. Sam Phillips is on the look out for a vocalist to record “Without You”, a song he has received on an anonymous Nashville demo.
At age ten, he donned his cowboy hat and slipped into a cowboy suit to sing in the talent show, but he was in need of a chair in order to reach the microphone. He sang his personal rendition of Red Foley’s “Old Shep”; it won him a second prize and a free ticket for all the numerous rides in the park. His following Birthday, he received his first guitar from the Tupelo Hardware Store and took lessons from his dad’s brother. In 1948 his family picked up their life and moved to Memphis, Tennessee. It was there that he was exposed to the rhythmic sound of the blues, as well as Jazz on Beale Street, where he grew up... ... middle of paper ... ...'Embarrassing' Case of Chronic Constipation - FoxNews.com."
Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Unfortunately the parents of Presley suffered the devastating loss of Elvis’s stillborn twin brother, Jessie Garon. Presley was first influenced to music by the First Assembly of God Church and the entertainment of the radio. (Elvis Aron Presley). Through the enjoyment that Presley had listening to music it had brought to want to play guitar.
The famous, very talented, The King of Rock ‘N” Roll, Elvis Presley’s story began on January 8, 1935 to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Presley was born in a two bedroom house, as a twin. However, Elvis was the second of the two and his brother Jessie Garon was the first, in which he was stillborn. This left Elvis to grow up alone, as an only child. During 1948, the Presley family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis would continue his education and graduate from Humes High School.
Elvis Aaron Presley was an incredible American Singer, Musician and Actor with inspirational quotes such as this “Fingerprints are like values; you leave them all over everything you do.” Elvis Aaron Presley was raised by his mother Gladys, to have a strong faith in God. And while he was still very young, Presley, attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents, where gospel music became an enormous influence on him. His musical talents and instrumental prowess soon began to impress his parents, peers and even his teachers at Humes High School in Memphis, that he earned his first guitar at the early age of ten. After graduating in 1953, Presley decided to get his hands on some paying jobs. He worked a number of jobs while pursuing his musical dream.
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”.
As a kid, there was a contest held at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy show on October third, nineteen forty-five, was his first public performance: dressed as a cowboy, the ten-year-old Presley stood on a chair to reach the microphone and sang “Old Shep” where he recalled placing fifth. A few months after the contest, Presley receive his first guitar for his birthday, which he probably had hoped for something else-by different accounts, either a bicycle or a rifle. “I took the guitar, and I watched people, and I learned to play a little bit, but... ... middle of paper ... ... August 16, 1977, at age 42, he died of heart failure, which related to his drug addiction(Biography Channel Website). In my opinion, Elvis Presley was the greatest of rock n' roll. He made it famous, he started it, and his life had a large impact on the life of rock n' roll.