Gary Lewis via IMDB.com
As his parents’ only child, Elvis Presley shared a close relationship with both his mother and father.
Elvis’s mother Gladys died just a few years after he achieved stardom, so his dad, Vernon, remained his source of support throughout the rest of his career.
Vernon, whose voice sounds just like Elvis’s, was very proud of everything his son had accomplished, sitting down for an interview to share some of his personal memories of his son.
When asked how Elvis made the decision to become a singer, Vernon’s answer is quite simple:
“He come into his room there one day, I believe it was shortly after he got out of high school, and he said ‘I want to be an entertainer.'”
Vernon says that at first, Elvis tried to get into some youth gospel groups, but was turned away, either because the groups were too full or because they didn’t like his voice.
But once Elvis started releasing records, all the groups wanted him to come back. When Elvis asked his dad what he should do, he encouraged his son to stick with making music on his own.
That turned out to be the right advice, as Elvis’s stardom exploded, and he eventually earned himself the title of “The King of Rock N’ Roll.”
Vernon is more than willing to brag about how many gold records and hit songs his son has, walking around the room where all of Elvis’s trophies hang on the walls.
Eventually, Vernon says that Elvis became so popular, that he would sometimes have to quit mid-performance because fans were that anxious to get close to him:
“One place he told me about where he appeared, he sung part of one song and had to leave the stage, and didn’t go back, because they tour the stage all to pieces.”
Even though Elvis was a huge superstar, Vernon said that it wasn’t the fame he cared about the most. Instead, Elvis was committed to making sure that everyone who attended his shows walked away feeling pleased with what they heard.
“I think the main thing he really wants to do when he’s on stage is to please the audience. If he don’t feel that he has, he gets kind of upset about it.”
With such incredible talent, we’re surprised that Elvis was ever worried that he didn’t put on a good show!
Watch the vintage interview of Vernon talking about Elvis’s career in the video below.
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