by Dhya Menet
In a quiet two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935 there was a star borned named Elvis Aaron Presley. Vernon and Gladys Presley receive twins in that house. Elvis’s twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. On 1948 without realizing, Memphis, Tennessee received a superstar in their neighborhood after Elvis’s family moved in from Tupelo, Mississipi. This find looking with shinny hair superstar graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.
After graduated from Humes High School, Elvis attracted to music. Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. In 1954 , Elvis turned his interest to career when he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. He was successful during his career until he became an international sensation in 1956. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.
With his attracted personality and his level in media, many film director want him to be in their movies because they know that Elvis can make a lot of money. He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees.
In the cloudy day, in May 2009, I interviewed Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley at the Rainbow Grill, New York about her father’s personality. This 5 minutes interview tells us about who is the real Elvis Aaron Presley as a father.
1. How was Elvis Presley to you as a father?
Elvis was a very doting father to me. Even though he was busy with music, he always made time for me and made sure that I had the best of everything.
2. How did you feel live with the Superstar?
As much as I like to say that I’m proud to have a superstar as a father , but there was never a private moment in my life as we’re always surrounded by papparazzis. I couldn’t live my life to the fullest as I was constantly being watched over by bodyguards and Elvis was very protective of me.
3. How was your reaction when you found out about his cause of death?
I was truly devastated as I never thought that my father would be associated with taking drugs. He didn’t come across to me as someone who would be doing that. But I take it as a lesson and to not repeat the mistakes that he made.
4. How do you feel after your parents separated?
It was a very difficult time as I have to please both parents at the same time. And the fact that my parents did not end up on good terms did not make life any easier for me. I was constantly moving around especially when I followed my father on tour and at the same time my mother wanted me to stay with her. But there are always two ways of looking at things , I get double birthday present!
5. Even though it’s been so long, the public still Idolize your father. How do you feel about that?
It’s really touching that whenever I go , I can still hear people playing his music. Dancing and singing along to his songs. His memorabilia plastered everywhere in music stores and restaurants. I truly appreciate the love and support from all his fans all around the world.
His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. The world will never forget the legendary Elvis Aaron Presley. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.