Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
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If the latter, we need to look at events in the book which differ from the accepted version of Elvis's biography in order to decipher the real message. The tragically young deaths of beloved public figures tend to encourage conspiracy theories, as in the case of Diana, Princess of Wales, J.F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley. So we also need to bear in mind that under such circumstances, people are prone to propagate theories, some wild, some more plausible. What inner knowledge did the author(s) have, and how authoritative is their version of events? Without knowing who they are, and whether they actually knew Elvis at all, or for what length of time, it is impossible to reach a firm opinion on the book's credibility.
As far as similarities go, there are numerous parallels between the names of Aaron's and Elvis's family and entourage (for example, Aaron, Blackie and "Bubba" East), and also with physical descriptions of the characters (the short one, the fat one) and their respective roles (road manager, valet, body guards, ex-wife, step mother, step brothers, doctor). Other parallels can be drawn between the event in Aaron's and Elvis's careers, for example: an army stint in Germany and involvement with karate; Aaron was born on January 10th 1948; his father had a bad back; the East brothers publish the first "tell all" book just before Aaron's death, and so on.
The story line concerns superstar Aaron Wade, who take on an Elvis-type role after the death of his hero, Elvis Presley. There is more conversation than action. The story starts with the description of a typical concert, three years after the break-up of Aaron's marriage, and just before parting from his girlfriend Dana and the arrival on the scene of his last girlfriend, Cookie, who is determined on marriage, egged on by her mother. Aaron's father, Eugene, is having a fling with his secretary, who also has her eyes on Aaron. Aaron's manager is a Mafia boss. Aaron resists his manager's attempts to make him participate in child pornography and other pornographic movies.
The sequence of events from the concert up to the time of Aaron's death covers a gruelling schedule of concert tours and Aaron's physical exhaustion and hospitalisation for colon problems, firstly for an ileostomy, and then to tidy up after the ileostomy and sew the remaining colon back into the abdomen. There is a lot of womanising, but the worst excesses are carried out by Aaron's entourage rather than by Aaron himself. Aaron stands down many of his entourage when he knows he is dying, in the hope that they can adjust to finding a regular job in the outside world. This causes resentment, because he does not tell them why.
Most of the entourage are selfish and greedy, out for what they can get and not very caring about their employer. In fact, Bubba East is very resentful and out to get revenge for perceived slights. Aaron's step brothers are drug takers. They siphon off Aaron's prescription drugs to take, trade or sell, and substitute other drugs in his medication. The oldest, Willy, steals jewellery from Aaron to fund his heroin habit after being let off Aaron's payroll. They forge his medical prescriptions to obtain more drugs. Generally, when Aaron orders jewellery, members of the entourage add their own items to the order, to be paid for by Aaron. Aaron's men assume that, behind his bedroom door, Aaron behaves as badly as they do. Aaron's ex wife is portrayed as a "cold-hearted bitch", while his father is a womaniser who enjoys pornographic movies, including a movie of his own sexual activities. The Mafia boss uses this movie to blackmail Aaron. What a charming bunch of people!
Through Aaron's nighmares, we see occasional flashbacks to his childhood, when he was punished by being locked in a closet. His father beat him and beat his mother.
These are some points made in Aaron's story:
As already stated, the significance of the differences between the Aaron and the Elvis story is difficult to gauge. But some previously known variations to Elvis's official biography emerge in the book, viz. the cancer rumour and the surviving twin brother/"Elvis is alive". It seems to be fairly much accepted in other sources that Elvis did have a face lift.
While "Col." Parker was not a Mafia boss himself, he probably was compromised by the mob. Elaine Dundy, in her book Elvis & Gladys (Pimlico, London, 1995, paperback edition) documented early approaches by the Mafia (not in the index: pages 188-190, 250, 253, 262). Hints of Mafia involvement in Elvis's life are scattered among books by such authors as Larry Geller, and discussed more openly by Alanna Nash in The Colonel: the extraordinary story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003).
If Fairytale is an allegory of the life of a superstar, the message must be that fame and fortune do not necessarily bring happiness, but rather their own pressures and stresses. They bring out greed and selfishness in people, attracting leeches, sycophants and organised crime figures.
But if Fairytale is, as seems more likely, a disguised " What really happened to Elvis?" text, then the most startling notion must be that Elvis did not die at Graceland, but was brought there after death. There are other messages, for instance, that drug taking and womanising by Elvis's entourage was considerably worse than that by Elvis himself. So another purpose of this book could be to counter the vicious character assassinations that Elvis has been subjected to since his death.
Traditional fairytales, such as Grimm's fairytales, tend to have a nightmarish quality rather than being cosy tales, and this fairytale is no different. As to separating fact from fiction - we should approach all claims to the "real" truth cautiously and never accept versions of events by unknown people that are not corroborated by several authoritative sources.
Availability of "Fairytale"
Faiytale is listed as being for sale on Sean Shaver's web site at http://www.seanshaver.com/fairytale.html. The text reads: "FAIRYTALE: This 755 page book was written by an anonymous author. Only 1,000 were printed. This huge novel was the most talked about book for almost a year. Copies have been impossible to find for over 15 years. There are only two dozen left. This is a novel, no pictures. Only $75." Despite this description, the book appears to be no longer available.
EIN Note: Copies of Fairytale occasionally appear on eBay. It was not listed as being available from either the Amazon or Barnes & Noble second hand dealer networks at the time this review was published.
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"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m