Ten-year-old Presley was dressed as a cowboy; he stood on a chair to reach the microphone and sang "Old Shep". Over the following year, he received basic guitar lessons from two of his uncles and the new pastor at the family's church.Presley recalled, "I took the guitar, and I watched people, and I learned to play a little bit. I was very shy about it." In September 1946, Presley entered a new school, Milam, for sixth grade; he was regarded as a loner.The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance.The Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak.The following year, he began bringing his guitar to school on a daily basis.He played and sang during lunchtime, and was often teased as a "trashy" kid who played hillbilly music.The family attended an Assembly of God church, where he found his initial musical inspiration.
Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".He was described as "crazy about music" by Slim's younger brother, who was one of Presley's classmates and often took him into the station.Slim supplemented Presley's guitar tuition by demonstrating chord techniques.In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of kiting a check written by the landowner, Orville S.Bean, the dairy farmer and cattle-and-hog broker for whom he then worked.