By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 19, 2022) – In Issue 2022-124 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the simple beginnings of an iconic music legend.

The King Rises

The future King released his first single That’s All Right on July 19, 1954, backed by Blue Moon of Kentucky, under the Sun Records label of Memphis.

Back then he was just a 19-year-old kid from Tupelo, Mississippi.  He was born in a two-room shotgun house built by his father, with his older, by minutes, identical twin brother delivered as a stillborn.

His career took a meteoric rise, only briefly interrupted by a two-year military service mostly served in West Germany.   He had 115 songs on Billboard’s top 40, 57 platinum albums, 101 gold albums, many movies, and much time on stage and on the tabloid front pages.

You, of course, know we are talking about Elvis Presley.

Here is Finley’s map of the Volunteer State from 1824.

Tennessee -1824 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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