Tupelo MS

I was lying in bed listening to the radio, crying my heart out. It was 1958 (I was in 5th grade) and Elvis was being inducted into the Army. Though not an over-the-top fan, I’ve always like Elvis with his rich sultry voice and innovative style, and that southern charm that flowed so freely every time he opened his mouth.

Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace goes right by Tupelo MS where Elvis spent the first 13 years of his life. His family moved to Memphis in 1948, destitute and nowhere to go but up. Eight years later, Heartbreak Hotel hit No. 1 on all three charts – Country, Pop, and Rhythm and Blues. Elvis had arrived!

Becoming Elvis
Becoming Elvis: 10-year old Elvis becomes the King of Rock and Roll
Vernon Presley borrowed $180 to build this two-room house where Elvis was born. Several years later, they had to move because they couldn’t make the payments.

Elvis was nominated for 14 Grammys, but it was his gospel roots that took him to the winner’s circle three times – two for Amazing Grace (studio and live versions) and He Touched Me.

Assembly of God
This is the church Elvis attended, and where his singing career began.

Birthday gift

Elvis had 40 hits in the 10 ten list. This one’s for you, Russ.

4 thoughts on “Tupelo MS

  1. Interesting! He was a gift. My military brother in law met him when Elvis was a GI stationed in Germany. He leaves a legacy for sure.


  2. Hi Janie! Love your post…I remember seeing “The King” in concert in the Boston area the year he died. His music was great. Can’t believe parents were so threatened by his talent & gyrating hips, so tame in these times!


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