Elvis Presley was a well-known American singer-songwriter. He was very famous for the rock and roll genre of music.
Although Presley struggled academically, but he used to sing Red Foley's country song "Old Shape" in school prayer.
A teacher was impressed by his singing ability and encouraged him to compete in a singing competition at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair.
Elvis finished fifth in the contest. He got his first guitar on his 11th birthday. Later Two of his uncles taught him basic lessons of the guitar.
When Elvis was in sixth grade, he used to bring his guitar to school everyday and practice singing at the lunch time.
Elvis was not a proficient guitarist at the time, and as a result, he was often teased as a "trashy" kid who performed hillbilly music.
Presley never received any kind of professional music training. He learned music and singing just by ear.
Presley started his singing career with Sun Records but didn't get much fame. Later, he began working as a truck driver. He also gave an audition for a vocalist, but got rejected.
In 1955, Presley signed a deal with RCA Records. In 1956, his first RCA Victor single, "Heartbreak Hotel," was released.
The "Heartbreak Hotel" song became a number-one hit in the United States. Within a year, RCA sold more than 10 million Presley singles.
Later, Presley made lots of chart-topping records and became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll.
Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. He also bought the famous Graceland for $102,500. At the time of his death, he had a net worth of $20 million.
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