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Elvis Presley was the first real rock and roll star A white southerner who singing blues laced with country Presley brought together music from both sides of the color line Presley performed this music with a natural hip swiveling sexuality that made him a teen idol and a role model for generations of cool rebels Presley was repeatedly dismissed as vulgar incompetent and a bad influence However the force of his music and image transferred to the mainstream it was time for a change Born January 8 1935 in East Tupelo Mississippi Presley was the son of Gladys and Vernon Presley a sewing machine operator and a truck driver Presleys twin brother Jesse Garon was stillborn and he grew up as an only child At age three his dad was sent to prison for forgery It seems that Vernon Travis Smith and Luther Gable changed the amount of a check from Versions boss from 3 to 8 and cashed it at a local bank The Presleys attended the First Assembly of God Church whose Pentecostal services always included singing Entering the fifth grade Presley is asked by his teacher Mrs JC Grimes to enter a talent contest on childrens day at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show At the age of ten dressed in a cowboy suit and standing on a chair to reach the microphone Presley for his rendition of Red Foleys Old Shep won second place a 5 prize and a free ticket to all the rides On his birthday the following January he received a guitar Over the next yearVernons brother Vester gave him basic guitar lessons In 1948 after losing another job his dad moved the family to Memphis Gladys brothers got him a job at the Precision Tool Company and the Presleys moved into a small apartment at 572 Poplar Avenue On September 13 Elvis enrolls at LC Humes High School The day after graduation he took a job at
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