The "king of rock and roll" was born 8 January 1935 to Vernon Elvis and Gladys Love Presley in Tupelo, Lee, Mississippi. He had an identical twin brother who was delivered stillborn; he was an only child. At age ten he received his first guitar and began playing it. When he was thirteen, his family moved to Memphis. Always very poor, his family lived in an African American neighborhood in Memphis. Exposure to African American rhythm and blues would greatly influence his musical style.
In 1954 he began his career with Sun Records in Memphis; the following year his contract was sold to RCA Victor. His first single hit with them, "Heartbreak Hotel," was a number one hit. The prolific musical career of Elvis Presley had begun.
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