Elvis Presley Enters Gibson's Revolutionary Hall of Fame
Born in a shotgun shack in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935, with a stillborn twin the family named Jesse, Elvis Aaron Presley grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck, on a good week. His father Vernon worked odd jobs when he could get them, but the Presleys still sometimes required help from the government and from their neighbors — particularly in 1938, when Vernon was jailed for passing a bad check and the family lost their modest home.
I mention all of this to give you a little background about this guy who "stole" blues and R&B music. You have to understand: the blues was all he had. When he entered the sixth grade at a new school in his predominantly African American neighborhood, he dragged his cheap little guitar to class nearly every day and — to paraphrase one of his later hits — his hunger burned. more on this story
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