elvis presley essay - Erin Goode Music in our Lives March...

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Erin Goode Music in our Lives March 4, 2008 Elvis Presley “Hound Dog”, “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.
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At the age of thirteen, the Presley family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where they lived in a public housing development. He would play his guitar in a band with some of the other tenants. He attended Humes High School, where his classmates would tease and bully him for being shy, about the music he sang, and how he dressed. He had started to grow his sideburns long and wear flashy clothes, making him really stand out in the south in the 1950s. He graduated from high school in 1953, when he became a truck driver. In 1954, a year after graduating from high school, Elvis began his music career in Memphis, with the Sun Record label. His music was greatly influenced by a combination of many different types of music. The gospel music he heard in church, the all-night gospel sings he often attended, and the R&B music he listened to on Baele Street, in Memphis, all greatly impacted the music Presley made. His music was also influenced by
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