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
What would have been Elvis' 71st birthday was celebrated in many countries yesterday or through the week with substantial radio, TV and print media coverage. Surprisingly, or some would say, not surprisingly, while several Elvis festivals thrived in places such as Australia and North Carolina, the official birthday tribute in Memphis was poorly attended. Perhaps EPE needs to rethink the nature of the annual birthday event.
Nigel & Piers
The latest on www.elvisinfonet.com:
"The Final Tour"
Oprah interview with Lisa & Priscilla on Aussie TV: Finally!, the episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show featuring Lisa and Priscilla Presley airs tomorrow (10 January) at 2pm on the 10 Network in Australia. This is well worth watching.
Tabloid says Lisa to marry at Graceland: The latest edition of the National Examiner (Jan. 16) reports that Lisa Marie plans to get married, at Graceland. The report states there may be two receptions, one for family, the other with her country friends. Given the notoriously unreliable nature of the tabloids it will be interesting to see how much truth there is in this report. (Source: Carol in Ohio)
Elvis fans celebrate his birthday: It's a day no Elvis presley fan forgets. Today marks the singer and actor's seventy-first birthday. Elvis started his career in 1954. In what film does his character spank a rebellious teenager was it Blue Hawaii, GI Blues or Kissing Cousins?
If you don't know the answer it's Blue Hawaii. This trivia is part of the celebration of Elvis` seventy-first birthday at the Black Velvet Nostalgia. Discounts, cake, cookies, and prizes had almost one hundred Elvis fans and collectors all shook up to add to their collections. Owner Marcia Abel has had her fare share of wild stories about this rock n roll heartbreaker. "Ladies jumping over tables trying to get to elvis on stage they didn't make it but they tried," Abel said. So what makes the king the king?
"I don't know I just like him, his music and I like the neat things he's done for people and I just think he's a neat person," one fan said.
Another fan said, "He's just so charismatic and he`s just very handsome besides that he was just a very kind person and he adored his mother and he treated people with respect and even no matter how much money he made he was still a person and he made you realize that.
Owner Marcia Abel said, "Nobody can sweat like Elvis, his voice, he could sing anything he could sing with music without music, he was just the best and besides he's good looking. Fans just can't help falling in love.
"Elvis there's never been one like him and there'll never be another one," Abel said. Elvis has not left this building or his fans hearts. Elvis starred in 33 films and had over 150 albums and singles for which he won three grammys. Elvis died of heart failure in 1977. (Source: KQ2 News)
Ernst Jorgensen compiling his Sun Records "coffee-table" Elvis photobook: Elvis Presley's dreamy eyes jump out in the ad promoting his Port Arthur appearance. He wasn't the star he would become, but the Louisiana Hayride knew that Mississippi boy with the hip moves had something. The Port Acres Fire Department sponsored the “Western Show” Friday, Nov. 25, 1955, at Woodrow Wilson Auditorium. Scotty & Bill and The Chelette Sisters and “many others” were promised. Boneau's record store offered advance tickets for $1.25; holdouts paid $1.50 at the door.
Candle maker recalls time as Elvis flame
Tom Garmon has come up with what he thinks is the perfect advertising slogan for his mother's candle-making business:
"Former Elvis flame ignites national candle line."
Virginia Anderson, who now lives in Hattiesburg and manufactures a line of premium scented candles, said she was 16 and living in Memphis in 1957 when she met Elvis Presley. Her cousin was visiting from Bakersfield, Calif., and her mother took them to see the gates of Graceland.
"He came down in his black Cadillac with his bodyguard," Anderson said. "I noticed he was kind of flirting with me. He went on out the gate and down the highway. He came back and the gatekeeper said 'Elvis wants to see you.'"
Presley asked her out on a date for the next night.
"I was, needless to say, all dolled up. I still have the dress hanging in my closet," Anderson said. "Elvis had just moved into Graceland in March. I went out with him on July 19, 1957. He had on a black lace shirt and black pants. He didn't have an undershirt on."
They went to a movie theater, using the side entrance, and left before the movie was over, Anderson said. Then they had dinner in a private dining room at a restaurant called Chenault's.
"That's where he got mad at me," Anderson said. "He thought I was looking at his bodyguard, Cliff. He made me cry and I asked to go home. I said it's hard to be out with a world idol and act like yourself. He said, 'I know, darlin'."
They ended up back at Graceland, where Anderson said Presley sang his songs to her, including his big hit at the time, "Teddy Bear." Their second date was two days later, on Sunday, when he picked her up on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
After that, he went to Hollywood to make a movie. Several months later, he took her out again, but that was the end of their relationship. She said she was a good girl and resisted his moves, even if she did break a date with her boyfriend to go out with Elvis.
"No girl could resist Elvis," she said.
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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"
"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 Menphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowlt 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 ofered $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