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Father of Lisa Marie Presley (b. 2/1/1968)

Won three Grammy Awards, all for his Gospel music.

From the time they met up until his death, Elvis always sent a roomful of flowers to Ann-Margret whenever she opened up a show in Las Vegas.

Twin brother Jesse Garon Presley died at birth (Elvis was delivered 35 minutes later).

Although his height was measured as 6' when he joined the army in 1958, photographs show Elvis was wearing his army boots at the time which may have slightly increased his height.

Of his many impersonators, his personal favorite was Andy Kaufman.
Is portrayed by Val Kilmer in True Romance (1993). Like Presley, Kilmer also has Cherokee heritage.

His hair colour was blonde until his early teens. As he got older his hair became darker. By the time he had his hair cut for the army at age 22 its natural color was dark chestnut (according to Charlie Hodge, who served with him in the army).

Was originally considered for the Kris Kristofferson role in A Star Is Born (1976) but Elvis turned it down because manager Colonel Tom Parker refused him permission to act in a movie where he wouldn't have top billing. Also, he didn't like the fact that the producer, Jon Peters, was completely unknown.

Interred at Graceland Estate, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Owned a pet chimpanzee called "Scatter".

Is a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln's great-great grandfather, Isaiah Harrison.

At the time of his death in 1977, he was the second biggest selling recording artist of all time, after Bing Crosby.

Although the films he starred in were not critically acclaimed, only Wild in the Country (1961) failed to get its money back.

His television debut was on the regionally telecast "Louisiana Hayride", 5 March 1955 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He had two full face-lifts and rhinoplasty during the mid-1970s. On one of these visits to hospital he was accompanied by Linda Thompson.

In September of 1955, "Country Song Roundup" magazine was the first to feature and article on Elvis, calling him a "folk music fireball."
Was director Robert Wise's original choice to play Tony in West Side Story (1961).

Was one of the performers featured on a set of stamps of rock and blues legends issued by the U.S. Postal Service in June 1993.

Mother Gladys bought him his first guitar at age 12 (1947)

Honorary Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

1953 graduate of Humes High School, Memphis, TN.

Died with about $5 million in his bank account.

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

"Heartbreak Hotel," which spent 17 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's country chart (and 10 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100) was the No. 1 country song of the year 1956.

In 2002, a re-mixed version of one his more obscure recordings, "A Little Less Conversation", became a dance club hit, and topped the charts in the United Kingdom.

Is mentioned in Shania Twain's song "That Don't Impress Me Much"

Elvis did not like confrontation. He wanted to fire his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, many times. He would tell his friends "Tell Parker he's fired." His friends would go tell him, then Parker would say "Tell Elvis to tell me personally". Elvis never would.

Pictured on a 29¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued 8 January 1993, the 58th anniversary of his birth. This was the inaugural issue in the Legends of American Music series.

Linda Thompson lived with Elvis for 4 years from 1972 to 1976. She was a former "Miss Tennessee," actress and songwriter. Other than Priscilla Presley, Thompson was the most significant romance that Elvis ever had.
He used to play touch football at Whitehaven High School during the 60s and early 70s with kids around the neighborhood.

The lightest Elvis ever weighed, as an adult, was 170 lbs in 1960 following his discharge from the U.S. Army. The heaviest was at the time of his death, which was 260 lbs.

Was always known to be generous to a fault with family, friends and even total strangers. Anyone who admired any posession of his, from one of his many Cadillacs to any bit of bric-a-brac in his home, often found themselves the new owners of that posession.

His 1960 single "It's Now Or Never" is one of the best selling singles of all times (if not 'the' best selling single) with sales which are estimated between 25 and 30 million copies.

When Ed Sullivan finally allowed him to appear on "Toast of the Town" (1948), he was filmed from the waist upwards.

Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (sponsored by the Gospel Music Association) in 2001.

He fell in love with Elizabeth Montgomery on the set of Kid Galahad (1962), she visited his house on two occasions. Nothing came of it as she was married to Gig Young at the time, but they remained good friends until he died.

Made the first ever musical video of all time: Jailhouse Rock (1957).

The Beatles were admirers of his work and although John Lennon said they enjoyed his company very much, Elvis himself, ironically, thought that the Beatles were a bad influence on America's youth.

He was allegedly offered roles in The Rainmaker (1956), _Defiant Ones (1958)_ , _Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)_ , West Side Story (1961), _Sweet Bird Of Youth (1962)_ , _Fastest Guitar In The West, The (1967)_ , 'Midnight Cowboy (1969)_ , 'True Grit (1969)_ , _Willy Wonka & The Choclate Factory (1971)_ , A Star Is Born (1976) and Grease (1978).

Hal B. Wallis, producer of 8 Elvis films, dreamed of making a western starring John Wayne and Elvis.

Tried to get a print of Star Wars (1977) to show his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, the day before he died.

He named his favorite films as: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Dirty Harry (1971).

His favorite actors were Marlon Brando and James Dean, the latter Elvis considered an acting genius (in a 1956 interview).

His mansion, Graceland, is the 2nd most-visited house in America. The first is the White House.

The last film he saw at the cinema was The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Elia Kazan wanted him for several movies but Colonel Tom Parker refused to allow Elvis to act in those movies.

His personal entourage were known as the "Memphis Mafia", and were given matching rings by Elvis. The diamond and gold rings sported a thunderbolt and the letters "TCB" (reportedly standing for "Take Care of Business"). Elvis was buried wearing one of the rings.

Was a huge fan of the televison shows "The Jeffersons" (1975), Good Times, Happy Days, and "The Flip Wilson Show" (1970).

Once gave a robe to Muhammad Ali which said 'The Peoples Champion'.

On December 21, 1970, he paid a visit to President Richard Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with the President and suggesting that he be made a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

He was a huge fan of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and had requested to meet him in 1966, but the meeting never happened.

In 1975 he purchased a poor black East Memphis woman an electric wheel chair and picked her up and personally sat her in it. The woman's teenage daughter told Elvis she liked his car. He gave it to her and even gave her boyfriend a job.

Hysteria over "Elvis sightings" after his death were lampooned in the Mojo Nixon song "Elvis Is Everywhere", and "Elvis Is Dead" by Living Colour.
Once an Opera singer attended one of his 1950s concerts and met him backstage. The singer told Elvis that he sang like a hillbilly and needed singing lessons. Elvis replied by saying - "Thanks for the advice, but how many of the thousands of people out there tonight came to hear you sing?"
Held a single day's attendance record for his march 74 shows at the Houston Astrodome in march '74 -- 89,000 fans for two shows.

Shares a birthday with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members David Bowie, Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger and legendary promoter Bill Graham.
He is mentioned in the song "Three Minute Boy" by Marillion (from their 1998 album "Radiation").

According to a broadcast on the A&E Biography channel, he once attended a concert for singer Connie Francis and had to leave for emotional reasons once he heard her sing the Italian song "Mama" as his mother had just recently died.

He was voted the 3rd Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.

Is portrayed by Kurt Russell in Elvis (1979/I) (TV), by Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-tep (2002), by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in "Elvis" (2005) (mini), by Tyler Hilton in Walk the Line (2005) and by Val Kilmer in True Romance (1993).

In Sam Lovullo's book "Life in the Kornfield" (which recalled his years as producer of the country music TV series "Hee Haw" (1969)), he remarked that Elvis was a big fan of "Hee Haw" (1969) and had always wanted to perform on the show. However, according to Sam Lovullo, Elvis remarked they'd have to tape his spots in the middle of the night, knowing that if manager Colonel Tom Parker found out, he'd never clear his appearance. Several months after Elvis' death, his father, Vernon Presley, appeared on "Hee Haw" (1969) and spoke about how the world would always love him and remember his music.

Suffered from chronic insomnia.

Elvis' body was placed in a family crypt in Memphis on 18 August 1977. On 29 August 1977, however, an attempt was made to steal the body but the plan failed and three men were charged with trespassing and released on bond. Because of this incident, Vernon Presley, received approval from the Memphis Adjustment Board to allow reinterment of the bodies of Elvis and his mother Gladys Presley to the Meditation Garden behind Graceland, which took place on 2 October 1977.

His tombstone gives his name as "Elvis Aaron Presley", whereas he was in fact named "Elvis Aron Presley". Although this fueled conspiracy theories that he had faked his death, it is generally believed he changed his middle name so it would be the same as the Biblical Aaron.

In April of 1955 Elvis auditioned for a spot on Arthur Godfrey's _Talent Scouts (1948)_ and was turned down.

Not one of Elvis' 31 feature films or either of his two music documentaries were nominated for a single Academy Award in any category.
Portrayed by actor Jason Alan Smith in the film Crazy (2006).
He worked with legendary guitar player Hank Garland from 1957 to 1961.
The book he was reading at the time of his death was "The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus" by Frank O. Adams, (Psychical Aid Foundation, USA, 1972).

His 1977 country hit, "Way Down," was the No. 1 song on Billboard magazine's country singles chart the week of Elvis' death. Nine other songs would go to No. 1 on Billboard's country charts between 1956 and 1981 and include: "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," and the two-sided No. 1 hit "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" (all 1956); "All Shook Up," "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" and "Jailhouse Rock" (all 1957); "Moody Blue" (1977); and "Guitar Man" (1981, a remixed version released more than three years after his death). Most of his 1950s No. 1 country hits were also No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well.
He was a born again Christian who loved to sing gospel music.

Bought Graceland mansion on 19 March 1957 from Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore for $102,500. The mansion, built of tan Tennessee limestone, consists of 23 rooms and 13.7 surrounding acres. The Music Gates were installed in April of 1957.

Has more multiplatinum album sales than any other performer, with twelve albums selling over 2 million copies.

Shown on a 5.50 kr postage stamp issued by Sweden in 2004.
Nephew of Vester Presley.

In the month following his final concert at Indianapolis on 26 June 1977, he was reported to have gained a further 50 lbs in weight.

Earned a black belt in karate. [1960]

Prior to being signed by RCA in November 1955, Elvis was known as "The Hillbilly Cat" in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

After seeing him in concert, Liberace suggested adding flashy costumes into his act. Elvis took his advice, and became famous for his gold lame jackets and jeweled white jumpsuits. He later reserved a seat for Liberace at many of his concerts.

Has sold over 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) albums worldwide; more than any other musical artist/group in the world, including The Beatles.

Had 18 Billboard #1 Songs, the first "Heartbreak Hotel" in March, 1956; the last "Suspicious Minds" in Sept. 1969.

When The Beatles came to America in 1965 there was only one person they wanted to meet - Elvis, and on August 27, 1965 they got their wish and according to John Lennon spent an entirely enjoyable evening at the Presley home in Bel Aire, California, talking, singing and laughing with each other.

Spoofed in Eminem's music video "Without me"

One of only a handful of artists inducted into both The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and The Country Music Hall of Fame. Others include Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

In 1973, met with Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in Los Angeles. An idol to the members of Led Zeppelin, Elvis wanted to meet "who was outselling him" at concerts (Zeppelin was in the midst of a record-breaking tour that year). A meeting was arranged with two of the four band members (Plant and Jones). Robert Plant was so awestruck at meeting his idol in person, that he could barely speak to him. John Paul Jones, nearly as awe-struck and Plant, made small talk with the "King," and mentioned what a beautiful watch Elvis wore. Elvis, always the generous one, instantly traded his $5,000 gold and diamond watch for Jones' $10 Mickey Mouse watch. This broke the ice with all of them, and they became fast friends. Throughout the early '70's, members of Led Zeppelin even attended a few of Elvis' concerts, and were granted the privilege of sitting in the front row by the King himself.

Had glaucoma in the 1970s.



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