Tupelo's main claim to fame is being the birthplace of Elvis Presley. While not considered a bluesman, Elvis drew much of his style from the blues and influenced the blues after his rise to prominence. He recorded blues tunes with a rock 'n' roll style, such as his first hit, recorded at Sam Phillip's Memphis Recording Service, That's All Right, and his well-known hit, Hound Dog, originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton. Elvis drew attention to blues, helping to bring it to mainstream America. The shotgun house shown on this page is Elvis' actual place of birth, built for $180 in 1934 by his father, Vernon Presley.