76 Facts About Elvis Presley

1. Elvis Presley stands with George Klein while serving as his best man at his wedding on Dec 5, 1970.

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2. Elvis Presley was already a flamboyant personality, with relatively long greased-back hair and wild-coloured clothing combinations, but his full musical personality did not emerge until he and the band began playing with blues singer Arthur Crudup's song "That's All Right Mama" in July 1954.

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3. Elvis Presley patted me on the back and said, 'It'll be all right.

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4. Elvis Presley ranked as the second-highest earning dead celebrity in 2014, with $55 million.

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5. Elvis Presley went under the knife in the 1970s, receiving a rhinoplasty and two facelifts.

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6. Elvis Presley was not a fan of the Beatles or their purported bad influence on young people.

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7. Elvis Presley was originally pegged to star as Tony in the musical West Side Story.

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8. Elvis Presley met future wife Priscilla while stationed with the US army in Germany.

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9. Elvis Presley was no longer a controversial figure; he had become one more predictable mass entertainer, a personage of virtually no interest to the rock audience that had expanded so much with the advent of the new sounds of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Dylan.

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10. In 1960 Elvis Presley returned from the army, where he had served as a soldier in Germany rather than joining the Special Services entertainment division.

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11. Elvis Presley was already a flamboyant personality, with relatively long greased-back hair and wild-coloured clothing combinations, but his full musical personality did not emerge until he and the band began playing with blues singer Arthur Crudup's song "That's All Right Mama" in July 1954.

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12. Elvis Presley was buried on the Graceland property, near the gravesites of his mother, Gladys, father Vernon and grandmother Minnie Mae Hood Presley.

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13. Elvis Presley died of heart failure related to his addiction to prescription drugs.

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14. Elvis Presley met Priscilla Beaulieu when she was just 14 years old.

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15. Elvis Presley served in the Army after he was already famous.

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16. In 1982, five years after Elvis Presley was found dead in a bathroom at Graceland, his ex-wife Priscilla Presley opened the estate to the public for tours.

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17. In 1957, Elvis Presley shelled out $102,500 for Graceland, the Memphis mansion that served as his home base for two decades.

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18. Elvis Presley had only been around a little while and the Colonel managed to keep him on top.

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19. Elvis Presley has the most gold singles and the fourth-most platinum singles (27, behind Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Chris Brown).

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20. Elvis Presley holds the record for most time spent at number one on the Billboard 200: 67 weeks.

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21. Elvis Presley holds the records for most British number one hits with 21, and top ten hits with 76.

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22. Elvis Presley was on the verge of quitting, until Presley ordered the Hill and Range personnel out of the studio.

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23. Elvis Presley was only interested in 'now money'—get the buck and get gone.

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24. Elvis Presley would sign a contract without even reading it.

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25. Elvis Presley often raised the possibility of her moving into Graceland, saying that he was likely to leave Priscilla.

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26. The biggest seller was Elvis Presley Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas, "the truest statement of all", according to Greil Marcus.

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27. Elvis Presley assembled new, top-notch accompaniment, led by guitarist James Burton and including two gospel groups, The Imperials and Sweet Inspirations.

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28. Elvis Presley sings country songs, soul songs and rockers with real conviction, a stunning achievement.

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29. Elvis Presley donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit.

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30. Elvis Presley was granted a deferment to finish the forthcoming King Creole, in which $350,000 had already been invested by Paramount and producer Hal Wallis.

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31. Elvis Presley is a great success and a fine actor, but I think he shouldn't have said it.

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32. Elvis Presley has a right to say what he wants to say.

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33. Elvis Presley was sufficiently affected by what he heard to invite two local musicians, guitarist Winfield "Scotty" Moore and upright bass player Bill Black, to work something up with Presley for a recording session.

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34. Elvis Presley explained to his father, "They told me I couldn't sing.

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35. Elvis Presley adored the music of black gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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36. Elvis Presley was a regular audience member at the monthly All-Night Singings downtown, where many of the white gospel groups that performed reflected the influence of African-American spiritual music.

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37. Elvis Presley frequented record stores that provided jukeboxes and listening booths to customers.

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38. Elvis Presley was encouraged to enter a singing contest after impressing his schoolteacher with a rendition of Red Foley's country song "Old Shep" during morning prayers.

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39. Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Love Presley in the two-room shotgun house built by his father, Vernon Elvis Presley, in preparation for the birth.

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40. Elvis Presley honored posthumously by President Trump with Medal of Freedom at White House ceremony.

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41. Elvis Presley has been awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal Of Freedom by Donald Trump, it has been announced.

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42. Elvis Presley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in a special ceremony at the White House.

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43. Elvis Presley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday, 41 years after his death.

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44. Elvis Presley died on Aug 16, 1977, in the bathroom of his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

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45. As an album artist, Elvis Presley is credited by Billboard with the record for the most albums charting in the Billboard 200: 129, far ahead of second-place Frank Sinatra's 82.

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46. Elvis Presley retains the record for cumulative weeks at number one: alone at 80, according to Whitburn and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; tied with Carey at 79, according to Billboard.

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47. Elvis Presley is a supreme figure in American life, one whose presence, no matter how banal or predictable, brooks no real comparisons.

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48. Throughout his entire career, Elvis Presley performed in only three venues outside the United States—all of them in Canada, during brief tours there in 1957.

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49. Elvis Presley never grew comfortable with the Hollywood scene, and most of these relationships were insubstantial.

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50. On the set of Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley granted Robinson an interview, though he was no longer dealing with the mainstream press.

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51. From the beginning of his national fame, Elvis Presley expressed respect for African-American performers and their music, and disregard for the norms of segregation and racial prejudice then prevalent in the South.

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52. Elvis Presley would record gospel periodically for the rest of his life.

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53. Elvis Presley was a central figure in the development of rockabilly, according to music historians.

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54. On the evening of August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to begin another tour.

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55. In January 1973, Elvis Presley performed two benefit concerts for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in connection with a groundbreaking TV special, Aloha from Hawaii, which would be the first concert by a solo artist to be aired globally.

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56. The same year, Elvis Presley became the first rock and roll singer to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Grammy Award organization.

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57. Elvis Presley told Nixon that The Beatles, whose songs he regularly performed in concert during the era, exemplified what he saw as a trend of anti-Americanism.

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58. On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley engineered a meeting with President Richard Nixon at the White House, where he expressed his patriotism and explained how he believed he could reach out to the hippies to help combat the drug culture he and the president abhorred.

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59. Elvis Presley returned to the International early in 1970 for the first of the year's two month-long engagements, performing two shows a night.

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60. In February 1961, Elvis Presley performed two shows for a benefit event in Memphis, on behalf of 24 local charities.

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61. On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was drafted into the US Army as a private at Fort Chaffee, near Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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62. Under the headline "Elvis Presley Records a Craze in Soviet", The New York Times reported that pressings of his music on discarded X-ray plates were commanding high prices in Leningrad.

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63. Elvis Presley made his third and final Ed Sullivan Show appearance on January 6, 1957—on this occasion indeed shot only down to the waist.

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64. Elvis Presley would receive top billing on every subsequent film he made.

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65. Elvis Presley brought rock'n'roll into the mainstream of popular culture", writes historian Marty Jezer.

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66. Elvis Presley renewed Neal's management contract in August 1955, simultaneously appointing Parker as his special adviser.

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67. In November 1954, Elvis Presley performed on Louisiana Hayride—the Oprys chief, and more adventurous, rival.

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68. Elvis Presley came by the studio, but was unable to do it justice.

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69. In August 1953, Elvis Presley checked into the offices of Sun Records.

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70. In September 1946, Elvis Presley entered a new school, Milam, for sixth grade; he was regarded as a loner.

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71. Elvis Presley recalled, "I took the guitar, and I watched people, and I learned to play a little bit.

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72. In September 1941, Elvis Presley entered first grade at East Tupelo Consolidated, where his teachers regarded him as "average".

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73. Elvis Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century.

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74. In 1973, Elvis Presley gave the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast around the world, Aloha from Hawaii.

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75. In November 1956, Elvis Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender.

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76. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family when he was 13 years old.

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