“Presley a timid boy as we all know never gave up on music and took all his critics as a sign of improvement. This attitude of Presley held certain changing dramatically”.
He started practicing regularly under the tutelage of Jesse Lee Denson, who was a neighbour and his senior, along with three other boys including Dorsey and Johnny Burnette. They all prepared a loose musical collective that played frequently around the Courts. Presley began showing at Loew’s State theater.
In a dramatic way during the time of his junior years, Presley began catching every eyeball of his classmates because of his appearance! He originated his sideburns and he raised his hair with Vaseline and oil of rose. By the time in his senior years, he started wearing all flashy clothes and started wandering on the street in his free time to overcome his reserved nature about performing outside the Lauderdale courts.
In April 1953, he competed in Humes’s Annual Minstrel show. Presley was singing and playing guitar. Presley was amazed after this performance, which did a lot for his reputation. Presley recalled that he wasn’t popular in school and the only thing he ever failed was music and how they entered him in a talent show… people were talking and whispering about the fact that I can even sing! It was amazing how popular he became at that time after this.
“Presley was born talented and fortunately he knew about it and enhanced his skill”.
It is amazing how music can make its own way to introduce itself to us. Presley was born to a star who had never taken any formal tuition on music or attended any institute to learn guitar. All he learned from his heart and frequently found listening booths and jukeboxes in record stores. He learned all of Hank Snow’s songs and also had an interest in other country singers as well.
He had a huge interest in gospel singing and he became a regular audience at the monthly All Night Singing downtown. His favorite was black gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Arthur Crudup and Rufus Thomas, an African American musician became Presley’s inspiration. Once, B.B King said that he had known Presley before his popularity as they both used to frequent Beale Street. Presley had already discriminated music as his future by the time he graduated from high school in June 1953. He was a very talented musician of all time.
“His style was unique to overcome his shyness and gave an answer to one of his critics in a polite way.”
Presley was very close to her mother and was a very shy person in public. In the year 1948, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. He was in eighth grade when his music teacher gave him C grade saying that he has no aptitude in music or singing. The very next day he brings his guitar and sang a song. Presley complained that the teacher didn’t appreciate his kind of singing and he was right. In result, later that teacher agreed what Presley said. As we know Presley was a shy and was bullied by classmates occasionally, also they often consider him a mama’s boy.