A young Elvis Presley may not have been a math whiz, but he was an ace in music. Elvis’ sixth grade report card from Tupelo (Mississippi) Junior High School, which foreshadowed his musical greatness, sold for $9,000 recently at Guernsey’s.
During the 1946-1947 school year, Elvis earned an “A” in spelling, while his teacher was “All Shook Up” when it came to correctly spelling his name. His teacher, Mrs. Dewey Camp, misspelled his name as “Elvis Pressley” on the report card. While a young Elvis received a “D” in Arithmetic and Geography, he earned an “A” in music.
Elvis was remembered by Tupelo classmates as a loner who didn’t really fit in well. His classmates said he often sang gospel favorites and songs he learned from listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. The Presley Family left Tupelo and moved to Memphis in the fall of 1948. Fortunately, the future King of Rock ‘n’ Roll found a new home and sound to his liking.
Over the course of Elvis’ life, he earned some of the highest accolades in music and film. It’s estimated that more than one billion Elvis records have been sold worldwide, more than anyone in record industry history. Elvis starred in 31 feature films as an actor and two theatrically released concert documentary films, all of which enjoyed financial success.
For a number of years he was one of Hollywood’s top box office draws and one of its highest-paid actors. In addition to his music and film career, his three network television specials–”Elvis” (1968), “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite” (1973), and “Elvis in Concert” (1977)–stand among the most highly rated specials of their time.
The moral of this story is that you don’t have to be good at everything (Arithmetic and Geography, for example), but to be the King you need to be excellent at something. And Elvis was definitely good at entertaining.