Where did Elvis Presley come from?

Apart from blues, there are other sounds that came out of the Mississippi which together formed rock’n’roll, pop and just about every sound that leaps from radios today.

And the missing link is Elvis Aron Presley, a white country boy from Mississippi.  His first producer Sam Philipps said he ‘sang like a black man’.

Elvis was born in Tupelo… and here is where the story of rock ‘n ‘roll begins.

You can still see the two room shack Elvis lived in as a boy,. It is now a museum displaying personal items. You can also visit the Hardware store where his mum bought him his first guitar and the School where accompanied by that first guitar, he won second prize in a talent competition.

Elvis was born  during the depression in a two room shack and grew up among Tupelo’s black population. He sang gospel in his church.  He wanted to be a gospel singer the way the black people sang.

The first  thing Elvis did when he had his big hit was to buy an open top Ford and drive home to take his pals out to Johnnie’s Drive In.

This is the authentic 1950s diner where Elvis shared moments with   friends while enjoying a cheeseburger and RC Cola. Or he may have had a dough-burger, a typically southern concoction that has its roots in the Great Depression . They still serve them there today and you can even sit in the same booth where Elvis used to sit when he’d eat here.

Memphis is known world wide as the home of Elvis Presley.  A place of pilgrimage for thousands of people around the wotld .

It was here in Memphis at Sun studios that Elvis recorded his first hit ‘Don’t be Cruel’.

Elvis Presley was a regular at The Arcade Restaurant in the South Main Historic District. He loved Fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich and made it into a Memphis classic.

It was at Graceland, his mansion just outside Memphis,  where Elvis lived and died.

The Elvis car collection and his tomb are here

Elvis 22 year career ended with a heart attack at the age of 42 but record sales are still in the millions and his home and resting place is a pilgrimage site.