Elvis Baby Photos Elvis Family Photos Elvis with his School Friends in Tupelo, Mississippi Elvis Family Photo Age 3. Elvis claimed he was eating a peanut the time the photo was taken (see bottom right) On October 3, 1945, 10 year-old Elvis made his first public appearance in a talent show at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show, singing “Old Shep.” He won the $5.00 and second place. (see bottom middle) Elvis, from childhood, was always told that he was very special. And that God had spared his life while his twin, Jessie had died. Gladys was always a very protective mother. Elvis remained an only child, and although she miscarried 10 years later, Gladys and Vernon doted on Elvis. Gladys walked Elvis to school every day until he entered high school.