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"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)



"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges...producing, no propelling, a fundamental, primordial and unstoppable shift in not only musical, but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)


"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star"

(Bono from U2)


"If they had let me on white radio stations back then, there never would have been an Elvis"

(Little Richard)


"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"

(Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia')


"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead"

(Johnny Carson)

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)

Don't (1958)

Stuck On You (1960)

It's Now Or Never (1960)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Surrender (1961)

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 Facts:

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
















































































































































































































































































The Elvis Books by Bill E. Burk

Visit Bill E. Burk's "Elvis World Online"

Email Bill to subscribe to "Elvis World" magazine

In the Elvis world there is one name synonymous with rigorous investigative journalism and a knack for exposing longstanding myths about events in the King's life..."007" himself, Bill E. Burk. With wife Connie, Memphis based Bill is the mastermind behind the quarterly magazine, Elvis World, now in its 21st year.

An ex-fighter pilot and long time journalist, Bill is renowned for probably having written more newspaper articles about Elvis than anyone else. A friend to Elvis from the 1950s, Bill's "Early Elvis trilogy" (replete with great pencil sketch cover drawings by Betty Harper) is regarded as one of the finest set of books ever released about Elvis.

Apart from Bill's great ability as a writer, a strength of his books is his ability to obtain interviews and information about Elvis from those who were there at the time. Elvis's school friends, his teachers, his neighbors, his workmates.

Book dealers list many of Bill's superb books as collectibles, with prices between US$70.00 and $500.00!

The Bill Burk Elvis Booklist

  • Elvis: A 30-Year Chronicle (1985)
  • DOT...DOT...DOT: The Best of Bill E. Burk (1987)
  • Elvis: Through My Eyes (1987)
  • Elvis: Tidernas Story (Swedish translation of preceding listing)
  • Early Elvis The Humes Years ( 1990)
  • Elvis (Rare) Images Of A Legend (1990)
  • Elvis Memories: Press Between The Pages (1992)
  • Soldier Boy Elvis (written with Sgt. Ira Jones) (1992)
  • Early Elvis The Tupelo Years (1994)
  • Elvis In Canada (1996)
  • Early Elvis The Sun Years (1997)
  • Elvis Aaron Presley: A Candle In The Wind (2005)

In addition, Bill has contributed to:

  • Last Train To Memphis (Peter Guralnick)
  • Elvis: The Final Years (Jerry Hopkins)
  • Up and Down With Elvis Presley (Marge Crumbaker and Gabe Tucker)
  • Roadside Elvis (Jack Barth)
  • Elvis A. Presley: Musique et Vie d'un Mythe (Marc Hendrickx, Belgium)
  • Elvis Presley: Elama ja Musikki (Petrii Rekala, Finland)
  • Dear Elvis: Grafitti from Graceland (Daniel Wright)
  • The Best of Elvis (Susan Doll)
  • Elvis 1956 Reflections (Morrie & Virginia Kricun)
  • Elvis International Forum (Darwin Lamm)
  • Roots of Elvis (David Neale)
  • The Private Life of Elvis Presley (Richard Buskin)


Read EIN's review of:

Elvis Aaron Presley: A Candle In The Wind

Mini Book Reviews

(from "Elvis In Print: The Definitive Reference and Price Guide")


PROPWASH Publishing, USA, 1994, Hardback, 223 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 1879207508, No bibliography, No index.

Synopsis: Second book published in Burk’s superb early Elvis trilogy, this release provides a detailed account of Elvis’s first 13 years in Tupelo through interviews with those who knew him. Destroys several myths in the Elvis story and is full of warm, positive stories:

“What I remember most about Elvis was he could laugh at just about everything.” Bobby continued. “One night one of his uncles was visiting and he was telling us never to mess with women, that women would eat you up like blue cheese, or something like that. When he said that, Elvis fell on the floor laughing. He got a big kick out of that.”

Elvis scholars will love this book and deservedly so - I cannot praise it highly enough. Recommended.


About "Early Elvis: The Tupelo Years":

Early Elvis: The Tupelo Years takes the reader back to Elvis' birth in a two-room shotgun house and traces the dreams of this young man who one day would become the personification of the American dream. While living in Tupelo, Elvis hoped to one day be so good as a singer he would some day have his own program on WELO! Little did he know that, within a decade, he would become...ELVIS!


Red Oak Press, USA, Hardback, 1990, 141 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0962560405, No bibliography, No index.

Synopsis: The first part of Burk’s famed trilogy on Elvis paints an insider’s view, with emotional recollections of times with Elvis, including Elvis’ childhood friend, Buzzy Forbess, recalling their youth:

Mister Presley bought Elvis one of those push lawnmowers. The four of us - me, Elvis, Paul and Farley Guy - would cut grass for two dollars a yard

Read about one of Elvis’ favorite childhood games, corkball: his crush on Billie Wardlaw and why Elvis received a paddle whacking on his rear end by school principal, Mr Brindley. Vivid, entertaining, full of colorful characters, rare photos and a stunning sketch drawing by Betty Harper of a young Elvis with a mature Lisa Marie. Recommended.


PROPWASH Publishing, USA, 1997, Hardback, 224 pages, Illustrated. ISBN: 1879207516, No bibliography, No index.

Synopsis: The eagerly awaited final part of Burk’s illuminating trilogy on the early Elvis. Was to have been published in 1996 but was postponed due to work on another Burk publication: ‘Elvis In Canada’. What can one say except buy this book. As usual, investigative journalist Bill Burk provides many surprises and definitive facts, including demolishing the supposed ‘fact’ that Dewey Phillips was the first radio DJ to playan Elvis record! Also features 32 rare photos.

Elvis In Canada was published with two different color covers: white (1st Edition) and black (2nd Edition)

What others have said about Bill E. Burk

Ernst Jorgensen: If you consider yourself a serious student of the life of Elvis Presley, you will need every one of Bill E. Burk's meticulously researched books

Alanna Nash: Other Presley biographers may loom larger, but Bill E. Burk is true Dean of Presleyana

Dr. John Walker: Deservedly so, two of Bill Burk's Early Elvis trilogy rank in the Top 40 list of Best Elvis Books of All Time, as published in Elvis In Print: The Definitive Reference and Price Guide

Mary Hancock Hinds: Bill E. Burk is the definitive Elvis author

London Sunday Times: Early Elvis: The Humes Years is one of three books any Elvis fan must read in order to better understand him.

Availability of Bill E. Burk books about Elvis

Interested readers can contact Bill directly regarding a number of his titles.

For out of print titles, ebay, Amazon and B&N are often good sources.


At one time Bill announced a new book, Elvis: The Pre-Natal Years. His announcement was part disdain for those preying on some fans, and part tongue in cheek. It came in response to ongoing claims Elvis faked his death and requests for Bill to sell books supporting the conspiracy theory. Bill suggested the new book would be written by Jesse Garon Presley.

The 'Jesse Garon' concept was later picked up by two novelists: Brian DeVall who authored "Jesse The Post-Death Adventures of Elvis Presley" and Stan Knight who wrote "Elvis Presley's Twin: Jesse Garon".

Read EIN's interview with Bill E. Burk

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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"

(Nick Tosches)


"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


"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"

(Bob Dylan)


"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"

(Johnny Cash)


"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)

Elvis Facts:

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