CHAPTER 1: THE EARLY YEARS
The Presley’s in Memphis. Humes High School. Elvis’ favorite singing groups. Gospel and Rhythm & Blues influences. Elvis’ first job. Why Elvis wore his hair long. Elvis sings for his schoolmates. Truck driving and the Crown Electric Company. Elvis synthesizes Country & Western, R&B, pop, and folk music into a new musical form.
CHAPTER 2: THE SUN RECORDS CHAPTER
How a $4 record for his mother brings Elvis his first recording contract. The Swivel-hips arrive. Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride appearances. Elvis is called “Hillybilly Cat”. His live appearances fill baseball parks. Col. Thomas Andrew Parker. Elvis leaves Sun Records. Elvis’ first chart record.
CHAPTER 3: PRESLEYMANIA
First RCA recording session. The Jimmy Dorsey Show makes rating history. Graceland. The critics’ voice thumbs-down on Elvis’ TV dates. Elvis answers his critics. Elvis and rock’n’roll are linked to juvenile delinquency. Elvis’ first movie. The Elvis Presley Youth Center. The importance of Colonel Parker.
CHAPTER 4: PRESLEYMANIA PART II
Hollywood again and Elvis’ second film, “Loving You”. The Ultimate Teenage Shopping List. 26,700 reasons why Elvis couldn’t stop singing. The actual sounds of Presleymania. A most peculiar by-product of Presleymania. “Jailhouse Rock”, Presley’s third film. The song destined to become Elvis’ trademark in the Seventies. The Christmas LP. King Creole.