I'm sorry, but I don't buy the story about the record being a birthday gift for his mother. Although July 18th is just a presumed recording date, it was in the summer and most probably in July. Gladysí birthday was April 25th. I believe itís just a nice story, which through the years became gospel. I believe there were two reasons for Elvis to enter Memphis Recording Service on that hot summer day: 1. He was curious to hear how he sounded on record. 2. He wanted to get into the business.
A third option is that he recorded the song:
* to know how he sounded on record
* to get into the business
* as a birthday present for his mother
I don't think Elvis had much to spend in those days, so in this it was 3 for the price of 1 [img]style_emoticons/default/wink.gif[/img] Also, it doesn't matter that his mother's birthday was in April, he could have given her the record as a late birthday gift and perhaps more importantly it then "justified" the "big"amount of money he spent on it [img]style_emoticons/default/wink.gif[/img]
Food for thought .......