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. Only child in a poor family
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.(I’m sure they regret now!)
3. First recording
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 was 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 mainy 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!!!
6. From a Pauper to a Prince or a King in this case
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 was declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006.
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7. Army duties
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 slightly when he met Priscilla Beaulieu, who later became his wife.
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8. 2nd innings in music world
9. He was black belt in karate
Another interesting fact about Elvis Presley is that in 1958, he got trained in martial arts under Jurgen Seydal, during his army duties in Germany, and was awarded with 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 army he found it difficult to wake up early every morning as he couldn’t sleep all night. A support may had made it easier for him.
11. German Cigars user
12. Dyed eyelashes
Everyone knows that his natural hair color was brown and he used to dye his hair in black. but he also dyed his eyelashes which was one of the reason behind his bad health in latter part of his life.
13. Movie idol
14. Only 1 endorsement
Elvis endorsed only 1 product in his entire life i.e. Texas-based Southern Maid Doughnuts.
15. His impersonators
Famous rockstar 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 married life
17. Connection with “Blue”
Co-incidence or what! Elvis recorded 15 songs with the word “blue” in the title.
18. “Unchained Melody”
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. Hobbies of “The King”
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 were 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.