Elvis Presley can forever be crowned as “The King” as his magic never ends. He was the reason behind the popularization of rock and roll music. The journey started with a jinx and often being told that he’s not cool and smart enough to be a rockstar. However, the talent had one thing totally different in his mind, and thus, he started his musical journey and shortly became very popular. Here are some interesting facts about Elvis Presley-
1. Rags to riches story!
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, about 35 minutes after his identical twin brother, Jesse Garon, who was stillborn to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley. When he was 13, his family shifted to Memphis, Tennessee. His family was so poor that they often relied on government support.
2. Flunked in music class!
It’s interesting to know that “The king of rock & roll” was not always the king of music. Shocker huh! He failed a music class during his high school and was considered quiet and an outsider. Much later in 1954, Elvis auditioned for a gospel quartet named the Song fellows. They said no.
3. His first recording was for his mother!
No folks! If you think you know this one you might be wrong, it wasn’t “That’s All Right.” The first time he recorded for his mother, and he paid $4 to Sun Studio for two songs — “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” — as a gift for her in 1953 which was his first unofficial recording.
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4. His 1st hit!
In 1955, Presley’s rapid fan following began mainly because of his unusual musical style and good looks. He signed with RCA Records, and soon after delivered his first No. 1 single with “Heartbreak Hotel.”
5. Movie star and a rockstar! Bonus… yayy!!!
He signed a movie contract with Paramount Pictures in 1956 and as expected, “Love Me Tender,” proved to be his 1st box office hit.
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6. From a Pauper to a Prince!
Though he had a rough start in life, it all changed with his success in the music industry. After his massive success at the age of 22, he bought a 13.8-acre mansion called Graceland for $102,500, that served as his home for 2 decades. Now it serves as a museum and has been declared a National Historic Landmark since March 27, 2006.
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7. A musical soldier!
He was inducted into the Army in 1957 and served in Germany till 1960. During this period his mother, Gladys, died. While in Germany, his spirits were lifted when he met Priscilla Beaulieu, who later became his wife.
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8. 2nd innings!
Leaving behind his army life in 1960, Presley revived his music career and was in no time at the top again, and never looked back.
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9. A Black Belt in Karate!
Another interesting fact about Elvis Presley is that in 1958, he got trained in martial arts under Jurgen Seydel, during his army duties in Germany, and was awarded the Black Belt before his return to the United States by Hank Slemansky. His karate name was “Tiger.”
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10. He was an insomniac!
Elvis was a sleepwalker in his youth. The sleep disorders continued when he was in the army he found it difficult to wake up early every morning as he couldn’t sleep all night. A support may have made it easier for him.
11. Exotic smoker!
While Elvis was in Germany, he found liking in thin German cigars.
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12. When the make-up proved fatal!
Everyone knows that his natural hair color was brown and he used to dye his hair in black. However, he also dyed his eyelashes which were one of the reasons behind his bad health in the latter part of his life.
13. To whom he idolized!
Elvis had movie idol too; he was a big fan of Tony Curtis, who had shiny black hair.
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14. Just one endorsement?
Elvis endorsed only 1 product in his entire life i.e. Texas-based Southern Maid Doughnuts.
15. His impersonators!
Famous rock stars like Elvis Presley are bound to have impersonators. There were around 170 impersonators when he died in 1977. Today, there are around 250,000 impersonators.
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16. Broken marital life!
In 1973, 6 years after their marriage, Elvis and Priscilla Beaulieu Presley got divorced.
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17. Connection with “Blue”!
Coincidence or what! Elvis recorded 15 songs with the word “blue” in the title.
18. “Unchained Melody”!
During the last 6 months of his life, he only performed on the song “Unchained Melody.” He was a broken man and even pleaded Priscilla for the reunion.
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19. Pistol in boots!
With so much money, fame and competitors, weird things were bound to happen with him. He received a kidnap-assassination threat. So, as a safety measure, he performed with a pistol in each of his boots.
20. Multiple hobbies!
Elvis loved go-carting, karate, touch football, gospel singing, numerology. Along with that, he also enjoyed board games like Monopoly and Yahtzee.
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21. Father-in-law of MJ
22. Led Zeppelin were his fans
Led Zeppelin were huge fans of Elvis Presley and was very keen to meet him. In 1973, they finally did, in Los Angeles. They were speechless after the meeting, but Elvis swapped his $5,000 gold and diamond watch for Jones’s watch.
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He died on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42. Actual death cause is still a mystery, but it was officially told that he died due to an overdose of prescription drugs that caused him a heart attack.