He was considered a "well-mannered and quiet child", but sometimes classmates threw "things at him — rotten fruit and stuff — because he was different... In 1946, for his eleventh birthday, Presley received his first guitar.

he stuttered and he was a mama's boy."On October 3, 1945, he made his first public performance in a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show at the suggestion of his teacher, Mrs. He wanted a rifle for his birthday, but his parents could only afford a guitar.

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Presley had a versatile voice and he had unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including rock and roll, gospel, blues, country, ballads and pop.

To date, he has been inducted into four music halls of fame.

His mother, Gladys Love Smith (April 25, 1912 – August 14, 1958) worked as a sewing machinist.

They met in Tupelo, Mississippi, and eloped to Pontotoc County where they married on June 17, 1933.

Over the following year, Vernon's brother, Vester, gave Elvis basic guitar lessons.

In September 1948, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, allegedly because Vernon—in addition to needing work—had to escape the law for transporting bootleg liquor.Presley began his career in 1954 as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat.His novel versions of existing songs, mixing "black" and "white" sounds, made him popular—and controversial—as did his uninhibited stage and television performances.In the 1960s, Presley made the majority of his 31 movies, most of which were poorly reviewed but financially successful musicals.In 1968, he returned to live performances in a television special, which led to a string of successful tours across the U.During his eight-month incarceration, Gladys and her son lost the family home, and they moved in with relatives.