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A Devoted Son!—Elvis Presley

Gladys and Vernon Presley lived in a two-room house in Tupelo, Misissippi. It was in this house, on January 8, 1935, that Elvis was born. His twin brother, Jesse Garon, died at birth. Elvis’s mom couldn’t have any more children, so she was very protective of her son. “I never did anything that my parents didn’t tell me,” said Elvis. “My mother would tell me what to wear, what to do, and if I did it right.” As a gift for her, Elvis recorded his first record. “My Happiness” was the song.

His parents scrimped so Elvis could have all he wanted.

Gladys and Vernon visited the Love Me Tender set.

From the time he was a little boy, Elvis would join his parents at the piano for some singing. Gladys taught Elvis the old, beloved Gospel songs she had known as a child. He learned fast.

Elvis had a pet name for Gladys. He used to call her “Baby.”

Gladys and Elvis return to Tupelo for a concert.

Vernon and Elvis grew closer after the death of Gladys Presley. Vernon visited him on the set of Live a Little, Love a Little, in 1968. (R.) Watching the action.

One of Elvis’s early girlfriends said, “Elvis is always kissing his mother. They’re always loving each other.”

While on tour, Elvis would often send presents to his mom.

Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas—Elvis shown in new Army fatigues.

Girls around the world cried as his sideburns were shaved.

When Gladys died in 1958, dad and son were devastated.

In 1960, Vernon Presley married Dee Stanley.

Vernon and Elvis became even closer after Gladys’ death. His father was concerned when fans tried to trample Elvis after concerts. He suggested Elvis hire bodyguards, starting the “Memphis Mafia.”

Vernon accompanied Elvis on his concert tours until 1976, when he became ill. He died in ’79. 

In 1973, when Elvis and Priscilla divorced, Vernon was with his son. Both lived in Memphis till ’77.


It is a quote. Modern Screen Presents ELVIS PHOTO ALBUM

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