Elvis was born in a two room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, January 8, 1935. Elvis' father and Uncle built the house themselves in 1934. Elvis' identical twin brother, Jessie Garon died at birth. This trauma bonded Elvis and Gladys. Mother and son were inseparable. She was also very protective of Elvis. They had nicknames for each other and often called each other 'Satnin', It was a song that Gladys made up called "Mamas's Little Baby Has Satnin Skin" sang to the tune of "Shortnin Bread" They also had their own baby talk and names for things, like Milk was called Butch and Pepsi was called Belly wash. In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time. He was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".
Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 in the bathroom of his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42. His staff contacted an ambulance, which rushed him to the nearby Baptist Memorial Hospital, where, after several attempts to revive him, he died at 3:30 pm. His autopsy was performed at 7:00 pm. His death was officially listed as cardiac arrhythmia, Cardiac arrhythmia means that the heart was beating irregularly and in this case, finally stopped, the attending physicians deliberately omitted the fact that what had apparently caused Elvis' heart to beat irregularly and then stop was an overdose of prescription drugs. These drugs included codeine, Valium, morphine, and Demorol, to name a few. Still Today Elvis Fans pay their respects at Elvis' Graceland graveside. Many fan clubs organize events to remember the life and times of their idol. Others like myself, will play their favorite Elvis record and reflect.
Elvis' name is Norse for "all wise."
He almost died in a Tupelo, Mississippi tornado when he was 15 months old.
Research shows that "Elvis" is one of the most popular passwords for computers.
At Age 2, He wiggled out of his mothers grip and joined the choir at the Assembly of God Church
When he was 10, He sang Old Shep during a children's talent show. He finished fifth.
When he was 11, He got a guitar. He really wanted a bicycle but his parents couldn't afford one.
The first time He recorded, it was for his mother. He paid $4 to Sun Studio to press two songs. 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin'.
He recorded anywhere from 600 to 1,200 songs, depending on whether the list includes unfinished works, alternate versions, bootlegged recordings, etc.
After his first TV appearance in 1956, Jackie Gleason said, "The kid has no right behaving like a sex maniac on a national show."
A 14-year-old fan told the press: "My parents locked up my Elvis records, and broke my record player."
A young girl got out of a cab with her father in Manhattan, saw Elvis, talked to him and broke down when he left.
Sometimes, He would sign autographs on fans breasts "Elvis" on the left, "Presley" on the right.
He started wearing a chai necklace because his mother, Gladys' maternal grandmother was Jewish. The reason he added a Star of David on his mother's gravestone.
It's been said he was partly Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Cherokee & French.
A tartan was created in 2007 for the 30th anniversary of his death.
He loved potato cheese soup and meatloaf with mushroom gravy but hated fish and wouldn't allow Priscilla to eat it at Graceland.
He preferred to take sponge baths.
As a teenager, He 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 girls.
Although He was honored by his commanding officer for his "cheerfulness and drive and continually outstanding leadership ability," some Presley insiders thought the Army tamed him
He liked to smoke thin German cigars.
While serving in the Army overseas, one of his disappointments was never meeting Brigitte Bardot.
His #1 movie idol was Tony Curtis.
The first time his hair was professionally colored, the makeup department at Paramount used "mink brown" to make it look black on screen.
He dyed his eyelashes, which caused health problems later in life.
In between filming 1956s 'Love Me Tender' and 'Loving You', He had his teeth capped
Several big time stars say they were influenced by him after seeing him perform, including Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison and Cher.
He performed Unchained Melody only in concert.
He had a slight stutter.
He used A&D ointment to keep his lips soft.
He loved The Tonight Show, until Johnny Carson joked about him being "Fat and 40."
He almost didn't go onstage the first night taping the NBC show.
He recorded 15 songs with "blue" in the title.
He met Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1975, but Wilson says the meeting ended badly when he made an unexpected karate move on Elvis after he asked him not to.
What Elvis and President Richard Nixon said during their 1970 meeting: "You dress kind of strange, don't you?" Nixon said, to which he responded, "Well, Mr. President, you got your show, and I got mine."
After receiving a kidnap-assassination threat, He performed with a pistol in each of his boots.
For his 36th birthday, He treated himself to police equipment.
In the early 1970s, He would impersonate a police officer, driving around with a blue light, flashlight, guns, and pulling people over. Instead of tickets, He would hand out autographs.
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."
Some members of the Memphis Mafia called him "Crazy."
His karate name was "Tiger."
He once broke a girls ankle while showing her a karate move.
When he played Madison Square Garden in 1972, he rented the New York Hilton's top floor.
He owned a basset hound, two great Danes, a chow chow, a Pomeranian, several horses, peacocks and guinea hens, ducks, chickens, a chimpanzee, a monkey and a mynah bird.
His golden palomino quarter horse, Rising Sun, is buried at Graceland.
There were about 170 Elvis Presley impersonators when he died in 1977. Today there are possibly over 250,000.