Biography – Elvis Presley is one of the most famous entertainer of our time, so of course theres been numerous attempts at making a successful biopic about him. While there have been several films featuring Elvis and even some that have made an attempt at capturing parts of his life, there has yet to be a definitive biopic on him that is considered must-see entertainment.
Destined to Die Young is the definitive examination of why the world lost Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977, when he was only forty-two years old. Author Sally Hoedel has painstakingly researched the subject and offers factual and scientific data—plus never-before-published information she gained by interviewing people who personally knew Elvis—to support her claim that Elvis Presley was never going to live a long life.
My personal review:
Author, Sally Hoedel, granted did her homework and research but she was not even alive during Elvis’ time and had limited access to people around Elvis (because most of the have passed away). Therefore in conclusion, all her insight is not going offer Elvis fans anything new. Hoedel views are sheer conjecture and speculations…
Hoedel may be of interest to the next generation of Elvis fans but for die-hard ones as this news has reiterated many times before and all been said years ago… Save your money!
April 25, 1912 Gladys Love Smith April 10, 1916 Vernon Elvis Presley June 1933 Gladys Smith and Vernon Presley are married.
January 8, 1935 Tupelo, Mississippi Gladys Presley gives birth to twin sons, Jessie Garon & Elvis Aaron. Sadly, Jessie is stillborn.
1935-1948 Elvis grows up within a close-knit, working class family in Tupelo, Miss. Elvis attends the Assembly of God Church with his family where the music register deeply within him. Other influences upon Elvis include black bluesmen in the neighborhood and country music radio programs enjoyed by his family.
1946 – Elvis’ parents cannot afford a bicycle that Elvis wants, so Gladys talks him into accepting a guitar instead.
1948 – Elvis and his parents pack their belongings in a trunk strapped to the roof of their 1939 Plymouth and move to Memphis , Tennessee in search of a better life.
1953 – Elvis and his parents live in public housing in a poor neighborhood. Elvis works at various jobs to help support his parents. He’s also a regular audience member at the all-night white and black gospel sings that are held downtown. Elvis graduates from Humes High School
1953 – Elvis works at Parker Machinists Shop after graduation. That summer he visits The Memphis Recording Service, home of the Sun Recordings, where he makes a demo of “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” for a cost of about $4.00.
1954 – Elvis teams up with local musicians Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass) to create a sped-up version of Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s “That’s All Right.” This song becomes the first of five singles Elvis will release on the Sun label. The group starts to tour small clubs throughout the South, enjoying moderate success with the record sales. Elvis’ one appearance on the Grand Ole Opry doesn’t go over particularly well and one of the Opry officials reportedly suggested that Elvis go back to driving a truck.