February 2012

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.

Elvis Presley: We All Know His Name

"During his career, he won 3 Grammy’s and A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the young age of 36."

Elvis Presley. We all knew who he was. We all know that millions cried the day he died. Most of us know someone who is still an avid fan of this phenomenal singer/actor. This writer has an aunt who is still in love with him today, as she was during her teenage days. She collects everything that is related to Elvis. You name and she has it. She has every known collectible from a bedframe with his signed name attached to the headboard to every record she can find. She loves the man, known as “The King.”

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935. His parents were Vernon and Gladys Presley. They lived in Tupelo, Mississippi.

His first number one hit was “HeartBreak Hotel.” It became number one in 1956. This song and many like it had a rockabilly sound that was influenced by the African American music of the time. After “Heartbrek Hotel” became number one, Elvis became the trend setter in Rock music. He became a familiar face on many network television shows.

He quickly began producing more songs and then he began his acting career. His first film was entitled “Love Me Tender.” It was released in 1956.

Elvis Presley Starring In "Flaming Star"

Are You Lonesome Tonight?...

A standard Elvis movie is “Flaming Star”. It was released in 1960 and tells the story of the Pacer Burton. Pacer is half Indian, half white. He has a brother named Clint and the story is based in Texas. However, travel starts when his mother’s people start attacking and raiding the white settlers that have invaded their territory. Pacer is not sure which side to take as he is both Indian and white. As in all of Presley’s films, “Pacer” has a woman he falls in love with called Roslyn Pierce. Roslyn is played by actress Barbara Eden.