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
One of the most prolific authors in the Elvis world is Paul Lichter. Since the mid 1970s Paul has released more than 25 books and photobooks about Elvis. The Paul Lichter Photo Archives comprises more than 40,000 transparencies! In addition, a number of Paul's quality "coffee table" releases are highly sought after by collectors.
In particular, hard-to-find titles like EP In Concert; Rebel Heart; Elvis Memories A Love Story; and Elvis Behind Closed Doors sell for a high price through dealers and on ebay.
The Paul Lichter Booklist:
11. Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1978
15. Paul Lichter's Elvis Memories Are Forever coffee table book
21. Elvis All My Best
A side note: some of these titles were published in different countries with different covers and slightly different titles
Availability of Paul Lichter titles:
Many of the Lichter releases are out of print. A number can be purchased directly from the author (see below) while others can often be found on ebay and from the Amazon and Barnes & Noble book dealer networks
Contacting Paul Lichter:
Tel: (480) 984-5026
Mini Book Reviews
ELVIS FROM THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE TO THE BIG APPLE (LIMITED COLLECTORS EDITION), Paul Lichter
Jesse Books, USA, 1999, Hardback, 144 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 1929137001.
Synopsis: This limited edition collectible from Elvis “superman” and former manager of the 1960’s group The Vanilla Fudge features unseen photos from Elvis’s Philadelphia (November 1971) and Madison Square Garden (June 1972) concerts. One of Lichter’s best with high production values and great color and black & white visuals.
MAGIC MOMENTS, Paul Lichter
Jesse Books, USA, Hardback, 1994, 176 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0961602775.
Synopsis: Another deluxe, limited edition coffee table publication from Paul Lichter. The second in his ‘Rebel Heart’ trilogy, this release features hundreds of stunning photos and interesting stories (‘a ducks-ass haircut’: ‘pegged trousers’ and ‘The King of Western Bop’ to name a few). Printed on high quality, high gloss paper with each page hand sewn. Custom color laminated, hardback portrait cover. Made with the co-operation of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Aka ‘Elvis Presley: Magic Moments’.
THE BOY WHO DARED TO ROCK , Paul Lichter
Dolphin Books/Doubleday & Co., USA, 1978, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0385126360.
Sphere Books, England, 1980 & 1981, Soft cover, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0722155476.
Galahad Books, USA, 1982, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0883656221.
Synopsis: Lichter’s Elvis biography is more renowned for its coverage of recording sessions and record covers from around the world (RCA and many rare and bootleg albums). Also includes a listing of Elvis’s live appearances between 1969 and 1977. ‘The Boy Who Dared To Rock’ contains a veritable feast of information and photos for eager collectors. At the time of its release this was certainly one of the best, if not the best, of its kind. Regardless of what some fans may think of Lichter he put his heart and soul into this (and subsequent releases).
"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