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Elvis Presley The man who would become king of rock n roll was born January 8 1935 in Tupelo Mississippi He was one of a pair of twins the other child named Jesse Garon was stillborn Young Elvis grew up surrounded by all kinds of music -- gospel country and blues When he was a teenager the family moved to Memphis where Presley soaked up the rich musical tradition of the Mississippi River city By the early 1950s there was a new kind of music in the air -- an energetic combination of country and RB nicknamed rock n roll Sometimes there was too much energy -- in Cleveland Ohio a concert hosted by disc jockey Alan Freed led to a riot -- but there was no doubting the pent-up demand for something besides Perry Como and Patti Page Presley took it all in By 1954 he was recording demo discs at Sam Phillips Sun Records label in Memphis Phillips recognizing a special spark in Presley teamed him with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black Within several months the trio had blazed through several country and RB covers from Thats All Right Blue Moon of Kentucky and Mystery Train and Elvis Presley had become a regional sensation By the end of 1955 with the singer having attracted a manager in Colonel Tom Parker -- and with Phillips believing another of his discoveries Carl Perkins was going to be just as big -- Presleys contract was sold to RCA Records for 35000 The next year he exploded Suddenly Elvis truly was everywhere He appeared on national television including The Ed Sullivan Show the tastemaker for millions Sullivan called him a decent fine boy He toured his hip-shaking suggestive moves putting audiences in a swoon He embarked on a movie career And his records set records Those early RCA discs -- including Heartbreak Hotel Love
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