Slim supplemented Presley's guitar tuition by demonstrating chord techniques.

Presley was a devotee of Mississippi Slim's show on the Tupelo radio station WELO.

He was described as "crazy about music" by Slim's younger brother, who was one of Presley's classmates and often took him into the station.

After residing for nearly a year in rooming houses, they were granted a two-bedroom apartment in the public housing complex known as the Lauderdale Courts. When his music teacher informed him that he did not have an aptitude for singing, he brought in his guitar the next day and sang a recent hit, "Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me", in an effort to prove otherwise.

A classmate later recalled that the teacher "agreed that Elvis was right when he said that she didn't appreciate his kind of singing." In 1950, he regularly began practicing guitar under the tutelage of Jesse Lee Denson, a neighbor two-and-a-half years his senior.

Bean, the dairy farmer and cattle-and-hog broker for whom he then worked.

He was jailed for eight months at Parchman Farm (Mississippi State Penitentiary). He was encouraged to enter a singing contest after impressing his schoolteacher with a rendition of Red Foley's country song "Old Shep" during morning prayers.Presley recalled, "I took the guitar, and I watched people, and I learned to play a little bit. I was very shy about it." In September 1946, Presley entered a new school, Milam, for sixth grade; he was regarded as a loner.The following year, he began bringing his guitar to school on a daily basis.His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.In November 1956, Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided.They and three other boys—including two future rockabilly pioneers, brothers Dorsey and Johnny Burnette—formed a loose musical collective that played frequently around the Courts.