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Elvis Essay

  • Submitted by: mindilou
  • on December 4, 2008
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 912 words

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I. Attention:   "Elvis has left the building..." these are the words made famous by millions of fans because of Elvis' incredible musical talents.

II. Importance:   There are very few entertainers who have changed this world the way that Elvis has.   Even years after his death there are stores lined with his records and memorabilia and his face is recognizable around the world.   He is more than just a singer that died: he is truly the King of Rock and Roll.

III. Credibility:   I have been a fan of Elvis my whole life, I have studied his life and achievements and even traveled to Graceland.

IV. Preview:   He may have left the building for good, but his memory still remains.   I will inform you about the life of Elvis, his many achievements, and his home in Memphis.


I. Elvis lived a hard life growing up.
A. On January 8, 1935 Elvis was born to Gladys and Vernon Presley in a two bedroom home in Tupelo, Mississippi.
1. Born a twin, but Jessie Garon was stillborn
B. As a child enjoyed singing Gospel music and grew up listening to the black men in the neighborhood and the country music often played on the radio.
1. No money for lessons: taught himself to play piano and guitar.
2. According to Marie Clayton, who wrote Images of Elvis in 2006, Elvis entered his first singing competition at the age of ten and got second, winning $5 and free admission to the fairground rides.

(Transition: Elvis may have had a rough childhood but, he still looked forward to the future.)

II. While working for Crown Electric trucking company Elvis stopped in Sun Records to record an album for his mothers birthday. In January 1954, Elvis paid to make another demo record and Sun records.
A. This time producer Sam Phillips was in, and was very interested in Elvis' musical talent.
1. During a break at their first recording session, Elvis began singing a sped-up version of Arthur Crudup's blues song, That's All Right.
2. Phillips very impressed and...

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