Rare Photos Of The King Of Rock And Roll, Elvis Presley

Elvis is one of the most iconic figures in music history. Known as the “King of Rock and Roll,” the entertainer burst onto the scene in the 1950s with his mix of country music and rhythm and blues. His first single, “Heartbreak Hotel,” was a huge hit and set the stage for numerous other number-one songs.

While you may have seen photos of Elvis on stage, on film, and in later years after he gained a lot of weight, there are many images of the star you may not have come across, including photos of him as a child and in a soldier’s uniform. Remember The King with these rare photos.

Elvis Had Scottish, Irish, German & Cherokee Roots

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RB/Redferns via Getty Images
RB/Redferns via Getty Images

Here’s a photo of Elvis as a child, circa the early 1940s. The singer was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, so he was likely under age 10 in this picture. Elvis had an identical twin brother who was stillborn and had a very strong relationship with both of his parents, particularly his mother, Gladys Love Presley.

His mother was Scots-Irish and French, and also had some Cherokee Indian genes. His father had German and Scottish roots.