Story: Becoming known for his smash hit records and his younger driven years as a change to music that would sing, dance and play his guitar on stage like no other performer had ever done before, even making his audience go completely wild as they would scream his name to fating. By using his charm which he added with excitement to his performance’s, this would bring everyone witnessing a moment of history was being made. So when television came along, the world would see this young Elvis becoming a name to never forget and king rising to the charts.
Creating: When creating this captured moment of Elvis, I wanted to take this photograph of him performing to his audience and place him on an actual stage this being a theatre stage in my home town. So with having Elvis on stage, taking his photograph felt realistic that it was like stepping back in time and I had taken his photograph on a night of one of his performances. Even having the theatre stage curtains would show his presence to a stage and having a spot light was added to as the effect that this was his moment to shine. With having the photograph in black and white, this was to create a viewing point on Elvis if you were seeing him for the first time on a television set, which was becoming a new era to entertainment viewing a young performer with an amazing talent and presence of energy on stage, making Elvis a star.
Facts: Facts: Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8th 1935 in two Tupelo Mississippi which was a two room house and was raised by his parents Vernon and Gladys Presley. About 35 minutes after Elvis was born he also had a twin brother but sadly passed away as a stillborn and was called Jesse Garon. As Elvis grew up living in some of the poorest conditions he was known as being a shy and lonely boy, but Elvis would attend going to church and sing choir songs but would never sing alone or in front people. At school Elvis was encouraged by his teacher to attend in a singing competition and came 5th. With Elvis’s birthday coming up, Elvis thought he was going to be getting a bike or rifle but was given his first guitar and began learning to play. In 1948 Elvis with his parents moved to Memphis Tennessee where he would live in rooming house and then move into a public house in Lauderdale Courts and he would attend high school at L.C Humes. At High School Elvis was still shy and seen as lonely boy that used to get bullied and be called a mama’s boy and be given a C in the 8th grade in music class. Elvis then was told by his teacher that he no aptitude for singing, so the next day Elvis would take his guitar into class and sing Keep them cold icy fingers off me. In 1950 Elvis began learning more how to play the guitar by his neighbour Lee Denson and began playing alongside with Dorsey and Johnny Burnette, by now Elvis was standing out at school for his appearance with sideburns and rose oiled and Vaseline hairstyle, Elvis would enter a talent show and became more popular for his sound to music and knew he had something special.
. After graduating High school in 1953 Elvis began finding out different genres of music he wanted to play by listening to records in record stores, the styles were blues, country, gospel and rhythm blues. Wanting to give his mother a special present, Elvis would go to a recording studio known as Sun Records and Elvis would catch the attention of the the owner of Sun Records Sam Philips and was looking for a new artist with a black voice and even said this “If I could find a white man who had the negro sound and the negro feel, I could make a million dollars” and Elvis was that man. In the recording booth Elvis would perform with guitarist Winfield ‘Scotty’ Moore and upright bass player Bill Black and would begin their session on the evening of the 5th July and almost abort the session as till Elvis began singing Arthur Crudup’s cover of That’s alright and Philips would go on to the record the session and give the record Memphis DJ Dewey Philips and played Elvis’s song and the calls came in to find out who Elvis was.
. After getting positive feedback from callers asking Dewey Philips who the singer was, Elvis would then start doing live appearances in front of small crowds where he would be nervous and have adrenaline rushes that would make him shake on stage and the crowd loved it. In 1956 on January 28th Elvis would make his first ever appearance on television on the The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show and then seen on The Milton Show on the 3rd April, The Steve Allen Show 29th June and then The Ed Sullivan Show where he 60 million people had watched his first appearance and watch him perform Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender and Hound Dog.