Elvis' Birthday

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in the very poor town of Tupelo Mississippi. A few years later the family moved to Memphis Tennessee. The mother and father would stay in Memphis for the duration of their lives.

During his most early years the family struggled to survive. Elvis's parents Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith Presley were saddened by the death of Elvis's twin brother at birth. The death was to affect Elvis till the day he met his maker. Each birthday Elvis would add an extra candle to his cake in order to honor his brother.

Elvis was a superstitious person and even attempted to contact his brother using a gypsy. While stationed at Ft. Hood Texas Elvis first tried to contact his brother while on a trip to Neva Laredo, Texas. As the years passed both the family and Elvis recovered from the loss. In his later years Elvis would complain about feeling incomplete. It is thought that this was a psychological condition based on the death of his identical twin.

Today Elvis's birthday is celebrated worldwide by tens of thousands of fans. Graceland is always packed on Elvis's birthday with fans literally lined up to the gates of the mansion.

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