“Have you heard the news?.... There’s good rockin tonight (Elvis Presley).” Elvis Presley was the king of rock and roll. He has had a great influence on the music industry, as well as how music is played today. Now everyone knows Elvis is very popular and is the king of rock and roll, however throughout this paper you will learn how about Elvis became the king of rock and roll and what he did to become so popular.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo Mississippi. Elvis was actually born right after his twin Jessise Garon, Jessie was born a still born making Elvis the only alive and healthy child to Vernon Presley and Gladys Presley. Vernon and Gladys did not have much money but they did everything they could to provide for their son Elvis. Elvis grew up around his family for a lot of his life including his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins which all lived in Tupelo as well. Elvis Presley career started all the way back when he was 10 years old where he took 5th place in a competition. Elvis won 5 dollars in fair ride tickets for singing “Old Sheep” (Elvis.com). Now when Elvis was young he was like most other kids and wanted a bike. Elvis parents could not afford to buy him a bike so Gladys talked Elvis into buying his first guitar instead of the bike. Elvis first guitar was 12.95 at the Tupelo Hardware store (Guralnick). In 1948, Elvis played “Leaf on a Tree” to his Milam Junior High class in Tupelo as a farewell because he was moving to Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis family was moving there because they were looking for and better life economically (Elvis.com). Well that better life that they were pursuing did not work out to well now Vernon and Glady. Vernon and Glady had to work job to job to support the family. While they were supporting the family Elvis attended L.C. Humes High School which was in Memphis, but Elvis had to go to school and work a job as to keep the family going also (Guralnick). While doing this Elvis still had...
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Guralnick, Peter. "Elvis Presley." The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock&Roll. New York: Straight Arrow, 1992. 21-32. Print.
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