Can you guess what rock and roll legend of yesteryear: (A) Shared a middle-name with his father. (B) Came fifth in a talent contest, singing the song, 'Old Shep'. (C) Made a $4 record for his Mum when he was eighteen years old. And (D) Failed to get into a gospel quartet named 'The Songfellows'. No. It wasn't Mariel Hemingway, silly. It was the King, baby. As seen in this 60 minute documentary made in 1998. Thank-you-very-much.
Elvis : The Guide - The Music - The Performances
and where was Elvis born? On the
8th of January, 1935, in a humble 'shot-gun' cabin located in
. Tupelo, Mississippi
were his parents?
Vernonand Gladys Presley. A couple of farm-workers that had to travel around a lot to find work.
- Who were Elvis's musical inspirations? After spending some time in a black-section of town called 'Shake Rag'; he became inspired by such Negro performers as Little Richard, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. Also, his love for Gospel music guided his wares as well.
- Did the public go for Elvis when he cut his first record? Well, it all depends on your perspective I suppose. If you were a kid, you might've been enamored by his first song -- 'That's All Right' -- because of its rhythmical beat. But if you were a part of the more 'conservative crowd', you might've hated this song for its 'ethnic underpinning'.
- Did Elvis have better luck 'on the road'? Again. It depends on your perception. He was fairly well received at the 'Louisiana Hayride' musical festival, whilst at the 'Grand Ole Opry' he was told to stick to his day job, driving a truck.
- When did Elvis's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, enter his life? Tom first administered to Elvis's business affairs in 1955; and from the get go, curbed his career for the better or for the worst. No comment.
- What was Elvis's movie career like? Mixed to say the least. Although his first couple of films hit the box-office big time, over time, the Colonel's intervention made his wares very formulaic by default.
- What happened to Elvis when he was drafted to do his national service? Not only did he have to deal with his new life in the Army, but Elvis had to also contend with loosing his overprotective Mother, Gladys, as well as forming a new relationship with a young lady called Priscilla.
- Priscilla? Yes. Priscilla Ann Wagner. The pretty
Brooklynbelle who he eventually married, had a child with, and then divorced when their relationship started to become strained from external pressures.
- Oh, dear! How did Elvis react to that? Badly I'm afraid to say. Moreover, because of his failing health and dip in his career, Elvis started to take prescription drugs to get back in shape again. He also looked toward another source for his recovery too -- Christianity -- plus other religious faiths thereof.
- Did any of this do him any good? No. Not really. Elvis died of a drug overdose when he was 42 years old, leaving his declining estate -- including his home, called 'Graceland' -- to his kin.
- And where they able to keep his memory alive? Well, after a bit of Rock and Rock in all of their respective lives, Priscilla, and Elvis's daughter, Lisa, made good in the end.