Music in our Lives
March 4, 2008
“Blue Suede Shoes”, “Suspicious Minds”, Mystery Train”,
“Heartbreak Hotel”, “Good Rocking Tonight”, “I Just Can’t Help Believing”, “One
Night”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, and “Suspicion” are just a few of the 700 tracks
Elvis Presley recorded over his lifetime. Becoming a rock and roll legend, Elvis Presley
had a huge impact on the music that we listen to today. With elaborate outfits, big hair,
and incredible singing voice, Elvis Presley became an American icon. Presley brought the
American people a new era of music and culture, changing the face of music forever.
Elvis Aaron Presley, “The King”, was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo,
Mississippi. He was Vernon and Gladys Presley’s only child because Elvis’ twin brother,
Jessie Garon, was stillborn. When Elvis was a young child he was very close with his
mom and had a stutter when he spoke, so he was made fun of by many of his classmates
throughout elementary school.
Elvis first performed in public on October 3, 1945, when he was ten years old, at
the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, where he sang a Red Foley’s song, “Old
Shep”. Dressed as a cowboy and standing on a chair to reach the microphone, Presley
came in fifth place, winning a prize of $5 and free admission to ride all of the fair rides.
Although Elvis did not ask for one, his parents got him his first guitar for his eleventh
birthday, because that was the only birthday present his parents were able to afford.
Elvis’ uncle taught him how to play it over the following year.