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The incredible, original, unique, phenomenal story of Elvis Aaron Presley began on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, born to Vernon Elvis and Gladys Love Presley in a two-
room shotgun house that his father built for the occasion. His identical twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, was delivered 35 minutes before him, stillborn.
From this poverty stricken beginnings, Elvis Presley would go on to be known the whole World over by his first name and would be regarded as one of the most significant cultural
icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".
On his mother's side Presley's ancestry was Scots-Irish, with some French Norman. Gladys and the rest of the family apparently believed that her great-great-grandmother,
Morning Dove White, was Cherokee Indian; this was confirmed by Elvis' granddaughter Riley Keough in 2017.
Vernon's forebears were of German or Scottish origin. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family. Vernon moved from one odd job
to the next, evincing little ambition. The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance.
Elvis was close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God church, where he found his initial musical inspiration
In November 1948, the Presley family packed up their belongings and left Tupelo, Mississippi and moved to the big city, Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis’ musical influences came
from the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on
historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager.
In 1954 Elvis was signed by Sam Phillips at SUN Records in Memphis and would go on to release 5 of the greatest Rock N Roll records of all time. Then in late 1955, RCA Victor
paid a then record breaking fee in order to buy out Elvis' contract from SUN, and the rest as they say, is History.
Elvis lived just 42 years, but his legacy lives on to this day as we mark what would have been his 85th Birthday.
Below we commemorate Elvis' 85th Birthday with a few photos from his early life.... TCB-4-EAP