Best 128 Elvis Presley Facts

Elvis Presley Facts: Elvis Presley, often referred to as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was an iconic American singer, musician, and actor. He was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, and rose to fame in the mid-1950s with his energetic stage presence, captivating voice, and unique blend of rockabilly, country, and rhythm and blues.

Elvis Presley’s impact on popular music and culture is immeasurable. He played a pivotal role in the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll as a global phenomenon and influenced countless artists in various genres. Some of his most popular songs include “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “Suspicious Minds.”

Elvis Presley Facts

“He was distantly related to former U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jimmy Carter. 

“” A Florida judge called Elvis “a savage” that same year because he said that his music was “undermining the youth.”

He was subsequently forbidden from shaking his body at a gig, so he waggled his finger instead in protest”

“He almost didn’t go onstage the first night taping the NBC show.”

“Football and racquetball were reportedly Elvis’s favourite sports.”

“Elvis had 53 Top 40 albums on the Billboard Top 200 chart.”

“He also is said to have been partly Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Cherokee Indian and French.”

“Like people say, “The fool didn’t know it was impossible, so he did it”; Elvis was once told at young age, “Stick to driving a truck, because you’ll never make it as a singer”

“Minnie Mae Presley, Elvis’ grandmother, lived at Graceland.”

When filming Kid Galahad in 1961, Elvis was given a director’s chair with the name “Mr. Presley” on the back. After expressing his dislike for the formal name on the chair, it was replaced with a much more satisfactory one that read “Just plain ol’ Elvis.”

“as a teenager, Presley worked as an usher at Loew’s State movie theater in Memphis. He was fired when another usher ratted him out for getting free candy from the girl working the concessions stand.”

““Elvis’ first movie was “Love Me Tender” and was released in 1956”

“Some believe that Parker had the ability to hypnotize Presley, especially before he’d go on stage.”

“Elvis had one child – a daughter named Lisa Marie.”

“After Presley’s funeral on August 18, 1977, there was a public viewing of the casket in the foyer of Graceland. Over 30,000 fans were let in.”

“Elvis Presley’s doctor prescribed him more than 10,000 doses of sedatives, amphetamines, and narcotics in just first eight months of 1977””

“In 1947, a local radio show offered a young Elvis (age 12) a chance to sing live on air, but he was too shy to go on.”

“Second best-known house after White house, “Graceland Mansion” has over 600,000 visitors each year and was owned by Elvis Presley. This house is one of the top 5 visited homes in the country. ””

“He performed “Unchained Melody” only during the last six months of his life.”

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“Elvis Presley started wearing a chai necklace because his mother Gladys’ maternal grandmother was Jewish — the reason why he added a Star of David on his mother’s gravestone in the mid-1960s.”

“For his 36th birthday, Presley treated himself to police equipment””

“Presley’s karate name was “Tiger.”

“Elvis’s favorite sandwich was peanut butter, bacon, banana, and honey!”

“Elvis Presley wanted to beat up John Lennon for his anti-war stance. On the other hand, John practically worshiped Elvis and even tried to dress like him.”

“Some members of the Memphis Mafia called Presley “Crazy.””

“He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas”

“Elvis Presley hated fish, and wouldn’t allow Priscilla to eat it at Graceland.”

““Elvis would rent out movie theaters to do midnight screenings of his favorite movie, “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”, with his friends””

“Elvis has been inducted into five Halls of Fame: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, Gospel, Rockabilly and R&B.”

“He owned a number of expensive cars, including three pink Cadillacs, immortalized in his version of the song “Baby, Let’s Play House”, in which Presley replaced the line “you may get religion” with “you may have a Pink Cadillac”.”

“In the movie Forrest Gump, Kurt Russel was the uncredited voice of Elvis Presley. “

“In 1954, Elvis auditioned for a gospel quartet named the Songfellows. They said no”

“Elvis recorded 15 songs with the word “BLUE” in the title”

“Elvis still holds the record for Most Top 40 hits at 114 total.”

“Elvis is the only music artist to be honored with two U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamps (1993 & 2015). The 1993 stamp is still the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time.”

“Some commentators say Presley’s voice spanned three octaves.””

““A tartan was created in 2007 for the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death. It contains pink, baby blue, black and gold.””

“He also owned a basset hound, two great Danes, a chow chow, a Pomeranian, several horses, some donkeys, some peacocks and guinea hens, ducks, chickens, a chimpanzee, a monkey and a mynah bird””

“Elvis and David Bowie have the same birthday “

“It’s not clear where Scatter, Presley’s pet chimp, is buried. Some believe the hard-drinking animal died of liver disease; others say he was poisoned by a maid he had bitten”

“The year he died, 1977, Elvis was the top touring act in the United States.”

“Presley preferred to take sponge baths, using a rag and soap.”

“Recording Hound Dog in the studio, Elvis reportedly demanded 31 takes”

“in his youth, Elvis was a sleepwalker.”

“Presley had a pet turkey. His name was Bowtie.”

“One of the secrets to styling and maintaining his famous hairdo: a combination of Vaseline and rose oil.”

“in between filming 1956’s “Love Me Tender” and 1957’s “Loving You,” Presley had his nose done, his teeth capped and his acne treated.”

“When he was young, Presley could lose several pounds during a concert”

“Elvis Presley recorded anywhere from 600 to 1,200 songs, depending on whether the list includes unfinished works, alternate versions, bootlegged recordings, etc.”

“Elvis won three Grammy awards during this lifetime, all for gospel music. “

“When asked why he wore the necklace, he said, “I don’t want to miss out on going to heaven on a technicality.””

“Presley, who never received formal music training or learned to read music, studied and played by ear”

“He hated fish, and wouldn’t allow Priscilla to eat it at Graceland.”

“In 1958, he was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided.”

“Elvis Presley used Miss Clairol 51 D, “Black Velvet.”

“Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees.”

“Presley met the Beatles in 1965, although his manager, Col. Tom Parker, had to force him into having them over to his Bel Air, Calif., house.””

“Several big-time stars say they were influenced by Presley after seeing him perform when they were kids, including Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison and Cher.””

“Elvis recorded “That’s All Right” on July 5, 1954, on the Sun Record label.””

“Michael Jackson and Nicholas Cage, huge fans of Elvis Presley, were married to his daughter Lisa Marie.”
“Once a boy he was wrestling with broke a hip.”

“Presley’s grade 8 music teacher gave him a “C” in her class.”

“Sometimes, Presley would sign autographs on fans’ breasts — “Elvis” on the left and “Presley” on the right.”

“As he rose to stardom, Gladys grew ill and stopped taking care of herself, largely because she was apart from her son and couldn’t deal with the fans vying for his attention. After he death in August 1958, Elvis was inconsolable for days.”
“Elvis’s hair was naturally blonde, but he dyed them black.”

“Elvis also joined his high school boxing team.”

“Presley was said to be as fit as a 21-year-old when he taped the ‘68 Comeback Special. He was actually 33.”

“His nickname for his manhood was reportedly Little Elvis.”

“Elvis was really good friends with Johnny Cash, and the two used to impersonate each other.”

“Elvis was a distant cousin of President Jimmy Carter, and was a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s great-great grandfather, Isaiah Harrison”

“”Elvis Presley liked to smoke thin German cigars.”

“The Germans called Presley “the rock and roll matador.”

“Elvis was a karate black belt.”

“Elvis was an insomniac”

“Although Presley was honored by his commanding officer for his “cheerfulness and drive and continually outstanding leadership ability,” some Presley insiders felt that his time in the Army tamed him too much”

“Only one home in the U.S. receives more visitors a year than Graceland: the White House.”

“Comedian Eddie Murphy credits Elvis as the person who inspired him to pursue a career in show business.”

““Elvis’s last public performance was in 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His final song: “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” In private, his final tune came on Aug. 15, 1977, where he performed before loved ones at home. The song: “My Baby Left Me.”

“Elvis was inducted into the U.S. Army in March 1958 and served six years – two years in active duty and four years in the Army Reserves.”

“Elvis starred in 31 feature films and two concert documentaries.”

“Minnie Mae Presley, Elvis’ grandmother, lived at Graceland.”

“In April 1956, a couple of weeks before scoring his first Number One with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, Elvis was lucky to survive when a plane carrying him to Nashville lost an engine and almost crashed over Texas.”

“Elvis Presley used A&D ointment to keep his lips soft”

“Other nations followed suit, including the U.S., Germany, Sweden, Liberia, Guinea, Antigua and St. Vincent”

“Elvis was 6 feet tall and wore a size 11 shoe.”

“Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. “

“Elvis Presley once asked his Limo driver “Do you own this Limo or do you work for the company?”. The driver responded that he works for the company. Elvis smiled at the driver and said, “Well you own it now”. Limo driver was tipped the Limo itself.”

“Elvis ranked as the second-highest earning dead celebrity in 2014, with $55 million. The only person ahead of him? Michael Jackson.”

““There’s a nearly 2000-year-old Roman statue discovered that looks a lot like Elvis.””

“One film part Elvis always wanted to play but was not considered for: Don Corleone in The Godfather. The role went to Marlon Brando.””

“Elvis Presley’s haircut was based on Captain Marvel Jr., commonly known as Freddy Freeman””

“Several big-time stars say they were influenced by Presley after seeing him perform when they were kids, including Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison and Cher.”

“Elvis’s nicknames, other than the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” included “The Memphis Flash,” The King of Western Bop,” “Big E,” “The Chief” and “The Hillbilly Cat.””

“It’s estimated that Elvis has sold between 500 million and a billion records worldwide – more than any other artist in history.”

“Elvis’ famous black hair was dyed – his natural color was brown”

“Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist.”

“Some commentators say Elvis Presley’s voice spanned three octaves.”

“Elvis has had over 150 different albums and singles certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum.”

“Parents got freaked out, too. On New York’s Long Island, a 14-year-old girl told the press: “My parents locked up my Elvis records, and my father broke my record player.”

“Presley’s 1961 hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is set to the melody of “Plaisir D’Amour,” an 18th century French love song.”

“Elvis wore a cross, the Hebrew letter chai, and a star of David around his neck. “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality,” he said.”

“During a concert at Nassau Coliseum in 1975, he threw a guitar into the audience, saying, “Whoever got the guitar can keep the damn thing. I don’t need it, anyway.”

“Elvis’ first gold record was for “Heartbreak Hotel” and was received in 1956 “

“Elvis was reportedly a huge fan of James Dean and was emotionally distraught when he passed away”

“When he was 10, he sang “Old Shep” during a children’s talent show. He finished fifth”

“While serving in the Army overseas, his one disappointment was never meeting Brigitte Bardot.”

“He also is said to have been partly Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Cherokee Indian and French.””

“Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, would sell “I Love Elvis” and “I Hate Elvis” badges to maximize revenue””

“Elvis was named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation in 1970 by the United States Jaycees.”

“Elvis purchased Graceland Mansion, his home in Memphis, in 1957 for $102,500.”

“Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii” was seen in 40 countries by more people than watched man’s first walk on the moon.”

“Among Elvis’s many celebrity fans were Robert Plant and John Paul Jones – members of Led Zeppelin – who counted him among their musical heroes.””

“Elvis and his entourage used to rent roller skating rinks to throw fireworks worth $15,000 at each other. This astonishing play included air force jumpsuits, gloves, helmets and goggles as their attire.”

“Nicholas Cage was the only non-family member of Presley family to see the forbidden second floor of Graceland Mansion. “

“The last book Elvis had been reading was The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus”

“Elvis gifted Muhammad Ali with a robe emblazoned with the phrase “The People’s Champion.”

“Elves Presley almost died in a Tupelo, Miss., tornado when he was 15 months old.”

“The Germans called Presley “the rock and roll matador.””

“During a concert at Nassau Coliseum in 1975, he threw a guitar into the audience, saying, “Whoever got the guitar can keep the damn thing. I don’t need it, anyway.””

“When Presley played Madison Square Garden in 1972, he rented the New York Hilton’s top floor.””

“Before becoming famous, Elvis drove a delivery truck for Crown Electric in Memphis.”

“Elvis only performed in three cities outside the U.S. – Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto, Canada”

“Sometimes, Presley would sign autographs on fans’ breasts — “Elvis” on the left and “Presley” on the right.””

“Elvis Presley once used black shoe polish when he did it himself.”

“Presley, his parents and grandmother aren’t the only ones buried at Graceland. So is his golden palomino quarter horse, Rising Sun”

“When he was 10, he sang “Old Shep” during a children’s talent show. He finished fifth.”

“Crazy Little Thing called Love” was written in 10 minutes as a tribute to Elvis Presley, by Freddie Mercury.”

““Scatter” was Elvis’s pet chimp. He also had a pet turkey called “Bow Tie.””

“Wood shop was Elvis’s favourite subject in high school.”

“Elvis Presley enrolled in Humes High School, secured ‘C’ in music in eighth grade, which was considered failed during that era””

“Elvis got his first guitar in Tupelo on his 11th birthday – January 8, 1946”


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