Elvis Presley Enters Gibson's Revolutionary Hall of Fame

(Gibson) Anyone who's ever said, "Elvis Presley had no right to sing the blues," has no idea who he was or where he came from.

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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