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Elvis Aaron Presley

  • The Ledgend is Born!

    The Ledgend is Born!
    The Ledgend is born, and it isn't know yet, but a new genre of music will be born along with him. He was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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    Elvis Presley

  • Elvis Starts the First Grade

    Elvis Starts the First Grade
    In September 1942, Presley entered first grade at Lawhon School in Tupelo. He was considered a "well-mannered and quiet child", but sometimes classmates threw things at him.
  • The King's First Public Performance

    The King's First Public Performance
    He made his first public performance in a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. Presley had to stand on a chair to reach the microphone and sang Red Foley's "Old Shep." He came in fifth, winning $5 and a free ticket to all the Fair rides.
  • His First 6-String

    His First 6-String
    For his eleventh birthday, Presley received his first guitar. He had wanted a rifle but his parents could only afford a guitar.
  • Movin' to Memphis

    Movin' to Memphis
    In September 1948, the Presley family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in addition to needing work. They found a home first at 370 Washington Street and then 572 Poplar Avenue, a boarding house where they shared their bathroom with three other families.
  • Recording his first songs

    Recording his first songs
    On July 18, 1953, Presley went to Sun Records' Memphis Recording Service to record "My Happiness" with "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," supposedly as a present for his mother although it was months after her birthday.
  • Elvis Presley's final performance

    Elvis Presley's final performance
    Presley's final performance was in Indianapolis at the Market Square Arena, on June 26, 1977. According to many of his entourage who accompanied him on tour, it was the "best show he had given in a long time" with "some strong singing". Another tour was scheduled to begin August 17, 1977, but at Graceland the day before, Presley was found unresponsive on the floor of his suite by fiancée, Ginger Alden, and attempts to revive the singer failed. Death was officially pronounced at 3:30 pm at the B
  • The King has stepped off of his throne.

    The King has stepped off of his throne.
    Elvis Presley had [in 1977] become a grotesque caricature of his sleek, energetic former self... he was barely able to pull himself through his abbreviated concerts." In Alexandria, Louisiana, the singer was on stage for less than an hour and "was impossible to understand." In Baton Rouge, Presley failed to appear: he was unable to get out of his hotel bed, and the rest of the tour was cancelled.