Shaped by the sounds of his community, Elvis’ love of music started young. By 1946, the ten-year-old would be singing “Old Shep” in a youth talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo. He won fifth prize and received $5.00 in fair ride tickets.
“WHEN THINGS GO WRONG, DON’T GO WITH THEM.” – ELVIS
In the same year, Elvis went to get a bicycle, but was enamored by a rifle which his mom wouldn’t buy for him. He became very upset and was handed a guitar to calm him. For a total of $7.75, Elvis has just received his very first guitar. This interesting turn of events all went down at Tupelo Hardware Company, which remains open to this day. Just like Gladys Presley, and her soon-to-be-famous son, people in Tupelo have a knack for making great things happen, no matter what life throws their way.