Elvis Aron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935 to Vernon and Gladys Presley. He lived in Tupelo until aged 13 when he moved to Memphis with his family. It was there were Elvis got his first guitar and decided to make music his life. In 1954, Elvis went to Sun Studios to record a record for his mother as a birthday present. During this session, Elvis was heard by Sun Studios owner, Sam Phillips. He was signed to the Memphis label and released his first single “That’s Alright, Mama” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky”.
When “That’s Alright, Mama” went national he was heard by the executives of RCA Records and was signed under the new management of Colonel Tom Parker. Elvis released some of his best records in 1956, the year he was signed, including “Hound Dog”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, and “Heartbreak Hotel”. He had a very successful few years until he enlisted in the Army in 1958. He served in Germany from 1958 to 1960. He did recorded several singles while serving his duty, most of them would hit #1 on the charts! It was over in Germany where Elvis would meet his future wife (who he would marry in 1967), Priscilla Beaulieu (who was only 14 at the time, Elvis was 24). Elvis returned home to America in March of 1960. When he got back, Elvis embarked on his film career, which included 30 feature-length films. This, however, lessened his fame as a singer and record sales went down. In 1968, Elvis had his only child, Lisa Marie, on February 1st, and he decided that he wanted to get back to recording and especially performing in front of a live crowd. He taped “Elvis”, also known as “The ’68 Comeback Special”, for CBS. The show aired in December and was a huge success! The next year, Elvis landed a recording session at the legendary American Sound Studio in Memphis, TN. This session banged out hits such as “Kentucky Rain”, “Don’t Cry Daddy”, and the well-known, “Suspicious Minds”. “Suspicious Minds”, a song about a dysfunctional love affair,...
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