Elvis' childhood wasn't idyllic. At the age of 3, his father was imprisoned for forgery. Though only incarcerated for 8 months, Vernon Presley was never able to regain his footing, and struggled with jobs for the rest of his life. This forced the family to be at the mercy of others, such as Elvis' grandparents. When Elvis was 12, the family moved into an apartment in Memphis. At all times, they were living in poverty or just above, struggling to survive during and after the Great Depression.
"Elvis Presley was born in a 2 room shack to poor parents in Tupelo Mississippi. On January 8, 1935, Elvis's mother gave birth to twin boys, Jessie Garon, and Elvis Aaron, Jessie was born dead".
Elvis Presley grew up in the rural south of the 1930s and 40s, he was surrounded by a large extended family of aunts, uncles, grandparents. He was lucky to have a loving family. When Elvis was 12, he asked his mother for a bicycle, his family could not afford a bike, so his mother talked him into accepting a guitar instead. Even before he received the guitar, it was obvioius that he had talent. At 10, he was singing in public, his ability developing. As a child, Elvis was influenced by gospel music, pop music and country music.