The Mama’s Boy Side of Elvis Presley

For many people, Elvis Presley would be remembered as a music icon and a legend who experienced the ups and downs of the limelight during his lifetime. Aside from being famous though, it was a little surprising, but heart-tugging to learn that this superstar was a mama’s boy.

He loved his mother so much, which is quite understandable, with the hurdles that she was able to surpass just to give birth and raise this only child.

Elvis’ mother, Gladys Love Presley, was 22 years old when she gave birth to twins, Elvis and Jessie Garon, who was stillborn. Gladys gave birth at their small house, but became so sick afterwards that she had to be rushed to the hospital. This made it impossible for her to bear any more children; hence, she devoted her love and affection to Elvis. She was a doting mother, but also a strong woman who had to be a mother and a father to her son when her husband was imprisoned for three years.

Elvis was only three years old when his father, Vernon, was sentenced in the Parchman Farm Prison. After selling a pig, Vernon altered the check that was used to pay for it into a higher amount. This was the reason why he was imprisoned for forgery. For three years, Elvis’ family was shouldered by Gladys, even if it meant that she had to work double time; and forced to move in with some relatives when she could no longer come up with sufficient money in order to keep their house.

Despite the hardships, Elvis grew to be a loving son to both parents and quite understandably, developed a unique bond with his mother. They attended the Assembly of God Church, where the young Elvis got the inspiration to pursue music.

The family moved a lot when Elvis was still a child, but he had two things that remained consistent at the time, and these were his loving parents and his love for music. In the church, he would busy himself listening to music or trying to learn how to play the piano. He turned to music whenever his parents were busy with work. His parents gave him a very special gift on his eleventh birthday – a guitar.

He even got closer to his parents, especially to his doting mother, when he experienced being picked on by other students when he was in high school. At the time, they were already living in Memphis Tennessee. He tried fitting in by dyeing his hair and getting involved in various school activities, but somehow, he still felt left out and different from the rest of the kids. His childhood may be a difficult one, but whenever Elvis was with his parents, he always felt safe and loved.

He was already enjoying his fame when Elvis joined the US Army. During his stay, he experienced one of his life’s major blows and that was the death of his mother. When he learned about his mother’s illness due to hepatitis, he was given permission to visit her. It was a short reunion for the two because after two days, Gladys died at age 46. How close Elvis was with his mom? It was said that even when he was already an adult, she would call his mom certain pet names and even baby talked to her every once in a while.


  1. Renee says:

    Elvis over came so many hard times he was just a amazing singer and actor. He could have been so
    Much better if he would have been given half the
    Chance at acting .

  2. Beverly says:

    This story has really touched me!
    Always was aware of Elvis’ love for his parents, especially his mother, and with the information provided, can definitely understand this love.
    Elvis loved his parents because they were his whole life (together with music which was a solace)…not having really fit into the high school scene.
    Also, I feel his love was even greater because of the difficult life financially they had together. Sacrifice and strong religious belief brings a family closer.
    Gladys and Vernon were not simply Elvis’ parents, they were his best friends. Being an only child myself, I can completely relate and makes me feel even stronger in my “love” and admiration of Elvis. Thank you for sharing this information.

  3. Sandy says:

    must look like his Dad, sure doesn’t look like his Mom !

    • Susan says:

      Sandy if you look at his eyes they are dark around them, just like his moms. I think there is a bit of resemblence between the two of them

  4. Louise says:

    I would say he looked just like his mother, and he loved her more than anything~Great respect for her~Both died around same age..much to young
    have no negatives..Thank you Elvis people for keeping all the decent kind memories for famlies who loved and cared.. RIP~Elvis!! may God always be by your side…I miss everything about you~ Elizabeth Barring Brownett sums it up best~proven by God ~Will love you even better after death~

  5. D. Harris says:

    Very good commentary for the most part but information given by Dodger seems to tell a little more on the other side of ELVIS and his father.

  6. Hope says:

    Gladys was 44 when she passed away(4/25/12 to 8/14/58). Elvis’ love for his mom was limitless. Thanks for the information.

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