Elvis Presley: The Early Years

Elvis Presley: The Early Years

When Elvis was ten years old, he entered his first musical competition.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935. His parents were Vernon and Gladys Presley. He grew up in a small, two room house in the town of Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis was born at home. His father and his uncle helped to deliver him. He was an only child. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was still born. One has to wonder if Jessie had lived, if would have had the same talent as Elvis.

Although, Elvis’s family was not rich, they were all close. He grew up in the small town of Tupelo with his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. They were all working class people. Work, family and church were the center of his family’s life, as was raising young Elvis.

His parents made sure that Elvis knew the teaching of the church. He grew up attending The Assembly of God church. This became his first big musical influence. As he grew older, he soon fell in love with blues music, too.

When Elvis was ten years old, he entered his first musical competition. The competition was held in Tupelo. It was the annual Mississippi Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. The event was being covered by WELO Radio. Young Elvis sung the song: “Old Shep.” He won 5th place. The prize consisted of $5.00 worth of fair ride tickets.

This was Elvis’s first taste of victory.  Yet, he had many more in his life. This musical legend went on to win 3 Grammy’s, including a Grammy for A Lifetime Achievement Award