January 8th, 1935 - August 16th, 1977

Today would have been Elvis' 75th Birthday and I'm posting some links to last year's Elvis week posts and some fun Elvis Trivia to celebrate. If you are a huge Elvis fan you might enjoy reading these posts:

  • Elvis was a twin, his brother Jesse, died at birth. Elvis was the younger of the two boys, having been delivered 35 minutes after his late twin brother Jesse.
  • In 1956, Elvis released his first RCA single, had his first television appearance, and his first movie release.
  • Roy Orbison recorded a song that he dedicated to Elvis entitled "Hound Dog Man".
  • Elvis was 12 when he got his first guitar in 1946, which was a birthday present from his Mother. It cost $12.95 at the Tupelo Hardware Store.
  • Elvis liked to read. Two of his favorite books were The Holy Bible and The Impersonal Life.
  • The Cryolophosaurus(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryolophosaurus) - a large theropod dinosaur, with a bizarre crest on its head that looked like a Spanish comb - is nicknamed 'Elvisaurus' because it's head crest resembled the pompadour hairstyle of Elvis in the 1950s.
  • Elvis was nominated for a "Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television" for G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii in 1961 and 1962.
  • Elvis wasn't always a singer - he worked in his high school library when he was a sophomore. He worked at the Precision Tool Company in Memphis. He also worked as an usher, and as a truck-driver. o Elvis once wrote a letter to then President Richard Nixon, asked to become an undercover narcotics agent. President Nixon responded by providing Elvis with a special agent badge for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
  • The FBI has well over 600 pages of files on Elvis.
  • Elvis is one of only few artists, include Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, inducted into both The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and The Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Elvis gave a robe to Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) embroidered with the phrase "The Peoples Champion."
  • Elvis was offered the role of John Norman Howard in A Star Is Born by Barbra Streisand. Regrettably he did not get to take the role, purportedly because of Colonel Tom Parker.
  • Elvis' favorite actors were Marlon Brando and James Dean.
  • The book Elvis was reading at the time of his death was The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus by Frank O. Adams.
  • When Elvis was in high school he was cut from the football team by the coach because he wouldn't trim his sideburns and ducktail.
  • Elvis received 3 Grammy Awards for his Gospel music.
  • Elvis received his first Black Belt in Karate in March of 1960.
  • On May 29th, 1967, Elvis and Priscilla had a second wedding reception at Graceland for those family and friends who could not attend their Las Vegas wedding.
  • Elvis last Top 20 hit was "Burning Love" which went to #2 on the charts.



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