Today in Music History: January 8, 1935 & 1946
Elvis Presley's impact on rock 'n' roll goes unsurpassed so it is customary for history to remember him on his birthday. His birthday in 1946 is memorable since it is on this day, Elvis received his first guitar.
|Publicity photo for Jailhouse Rock (1957)|
The incredible Elvis life story began when Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. Source: Elvis Presley Biography
|Presley's birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi|
|Presley and his parents, 1937|
Notice how the camera stays close-up to avoid his scandalous dance moves.
Move ahead to January 8, 1946...
|1940s Kay (auction) guitar|
Photo © courtesy Tupleo Hardware Store
In competing versions of the story, what Elvis Presley really wanted for his birthday was a rifle or a bicycle—both fairly typical choices for a boy his age growing up on the outskirts of Tupelo, Mississippi. Instead, Elvis's highly protective mother, Gladys—"She never let me out of her sight," Elvis would later say—took him to the Tupelo Hardware Store and bought a gift that would change the course of history: a $6.95 guitar. It was January 8, 1946, and Elvis Aaron Presley was 11 years old. Read MORE...
If you were an Elvis fan, what was/is your favorite tune?
|Presley in Aloha from Hawaii,
broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. |
The singer himself came up with his famous outfit's eagle motif,
as "something that would say 'America' to the world."
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...