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The Child King

Written by: George Chittenden : 29 Jul 2019

This photo was taken in 1937 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Do you recognise the little boy in the middle? Of course, it’s the boy who would grow up to become a king, Elvis Presley. I like this photo, as it’s a reminder that anyone can do anything. Vernon Presley, Elvis’ dad, married Gladys Love Smith, Elvis’ mum back in 1933. Interestingly, Elvis’ mum’s sister married his dad’s brother, so two sisters married two brothers. The future global megastar himself, Elvis, had a humble start in life.

His parents were very hard-working but like many others they struggled. The house where Elvis was born was built by his father. It had no electricity due to the cost or indoor plumbing. Could things get worse? Sadly, most of the time, they can. On May 25th, 1938, Elvis’ dad was sentenced to three years in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for forging a cheque.

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