Raised by loving, working-class parents, Presley's family had little money, and they moved from place to place frequently. He was deeply devoted to his parents, especially his mother, Gladys, and was raised to have a strong faith in God. Presley attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents, where gospel music became an important influence for him.

By the second half of 1955, singles on Sun Records by Presley began making the national country and western singles chart, " Baby Let's Play House " and " I Forgot to Remember to Forget " going to number 5 and number 1 respectively. [13] Colonel Tom Parker , the new manager of Presley, had extensive dealings with RCA through his previous client, singer Eddy Arnold , especially with the head of the Country and Western and Rhythm and blues division, Steve Sholes . [14] At the urging of Parker, on November 21, 1955, Sholes bought Presley's contract from Sam Phillips , the head of Sun Records and Studio, for the unprecedented sum of $35,000 (approximately $318,500 in 2017 dollars). [15] Presley and rock and roll were still untested properties for the major labels in the music business, but this album, along with the number 1 single " Heartbreak Hotel ", proved the selling power of both: it was the first RCA Victor pop album to earn more than $1,000,000, [9] and in 1966 it had sold over one million units. [9] [16]


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