Smithsonian Pop Quiz: How old was Elvis when he got his first guitar?





Answer: On October 3, 1945, ten-year-old Elvis made his first public performance in at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. Dressed as a cowboy, Presley had to stand on a chair to reach the microphone as he sang Red Foley's "Old Shep." He came in fifth, winning $5 and a free ticket to all the fair's rides. A few months later, on his 11th birthday, Elvis got his first guitar as a present from his mother.

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