Editors Note: We're blogging through We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel.
Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was born with his twin, Jesse Presley, but Jesse was sadly stillborn.
The years in which Elvis Presley was young are called the ‘Great Depression’. His family was very poor.
When Elvis was eleven, his mother bought him a guitar. He wanted a bicycle, but his mother feared that he would hurt himself and bought him an instrument instead.
In Elvis’s thirteenth year, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, hoping for a better chance at life. Here was where Elvis really got into music.
One of Elvis’s earliest cover hits was ‘That’s All Right Mama’ by Arthur Crudup that he recorded in 1954.
When Elvis was 21, he married Priscilla. They had one daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Elvis was away a lot from his family, and after six years of marriage, he filed for divorce.
Elvis had a lot of pets. He had a turkey, five dogs of ranging breeds, lots of horses and donkeys, peacocks, Guinea hens, ducks, chickens, a mynah bird, and a monkey and a chimpanzee.
Elvis appeared in 22 movies, most named after hit songs of his, such as ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Spinout’, and ‘Speedway’. I’ve watched ‘Jailhouse Rock’, and while the music was good, the acting was not.
Elvis died in his bathroom while reading a book. He had talked to his girlfriend on the phone right before and she told him to not fall asleep while reading, and he said he wouldn’t. He died of an irregular heartbeat, thought to be brought on my drugs and obesity. It was August 16, 1977.
My favorite Elvis song is probably ‘Burning Love’, because I love the part where he sings, ‘I’m a hunk-a hunk-a burning love’. It’s so much fun.
Elvis recorded tons of songs while he was alive, and we still enjoy them today.