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Rare early photos of Elvis

2012-06-20 09:12:28 GMT2012-06-20 17:12:28(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Elvis Presley in Florida, 1956. Robert W. Kelley

Elvis kisses Andrea June Stephens, who came to Jacksonville from Atlanta, Ga., after writing prizewinning letter on why she would like to meet Elvis. Promised a dinner date with Elvis, she got instead a cheeseburger in a Jacksonville diner. Robert W. Kelley

Presley's motions are demonstrated by a 13-year-old, Steve Shad, in a Jacksonville record shop. Robert W. Kelley

Elvis Presley in Florida, 1956. Robert W. Kelley

June 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Graceland opening to the public. In commemoration of Elvis' career, LIFE.com looks back with a gallery of rare, early photos of The King — several of which never ran in LIFE magazine — when he was a young, thrilling and, for some, frightening rock and roller.

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