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Bean, the dairy farmer and cattle-and-hog broker for whom he then worked.
He was jailed for eight months at Parchman Farm (Mississippi State Penitentiary). He was encouraged to enter a singing contest after impressing his schoolteacher with a rendition of Red Foley's country song "Old Shep" during morning prayers.
After a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, he was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll.
His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.
The Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak.
In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of kiting a check written by the landowner, Orville S.
Slim supplemented Presley's guitar tuition by demonstrating chord techniques.
In November 1948, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Humes High School, Presley received only a C in music in eighth grade.
In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours.
However, there is no evidence that the Presley family shared this belief and the syndicated columnist and Jewish genealogist Nate Bloom has challenged the cousin's account, which he calls a "tall tale".
The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance.
Presley recalled, "I took the guitar, and I watched people, and I learned to play a little bit. I was very shy about it." In September 1946, Presley entered a new school, Milam, for sixth grade; he was regarded as a loner.
The following year, he began bringing his guitar to school on a daily basis.