The most vivid image of Elvis that is ingrained in the pop culture mindset is a vibrant Elvis in his early twenties moving his hips and singing his heart out to his vast collection of hits. Elvis Presley was, of course, not always the King of Rock and Roll. With the celebration this month of what would have been his 77th birthday, let’s take a look back to his early years.
He was born Elvis Aaron Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. The proud parents were Vernon and Gladys Presley. Vernon was then only 18, while Gladys was 22.
Elvis had a twin brother, Jessie Garon, who was stillborn. His parents never had another child after this birth so Elvis essentially only knew the life of an “only child.”
Can you fill these blue suede shoes?
sign up for the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at the “Fill The Blue Suede Shoes” contest in Ocala, Florida March 3rd, 2012!
You must be at least 18 and submit a demo of you doing your best Elvis tribute. If your demo is picked by the panel of judges you’ll be invited to compete against other tribute artists at the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, Florida.
Elvis Presley is such an iconic musical artist that he has gotten really larger than life in so many ways. From the frequent impersonations in Las Vegas to the over-the-top celebrations for his birthday each year far beyond his death to the memorabilia that still fills store shelves, Elvis is still a mega-star. Another indication of his undying fame is the large amount of fictional fans of Elvis. Screenwriters, playwrights, and novelists alike know to draw upon being a fan of Elvis as a way to reveal profound and fun things about a character. Here are some you may know, and here are some fictional Elvis fans you may have never heard of before.