Elvis Aaron Presley, one of the most famous singers and actors from the United States was really a blessing for Rock ‘n’ Roll.
He still is the best-selling solo artist with an estimated 600 million – 1 Billion sales!
Though, he is renowned for his contributions, do you know some of the best interesting facts about Elvis Presley?
I think you don’t!
So, here are the handpicked 17 Elvis Facts, you possibly might not know.
1. Elvis has recorded more than 600 songs!
Elvis Presley had a huge collection of songs recorded by him which exceeds the number of 600.
Despite this fact, he never wrote a single song in his life. Yeah, that’s true!
Though he never wrote a single song, the number of songs he recorded is very high. Through them, he made it possible to dominate Rock ‘n’ Roll and even changed our perspective.
2. Elvis started his career in 1954!
You might be shocked to know that Elvis became an international sensation in his first two years alone.
He started his career in 1954 under the legendary Sun records. Later on, in 1995, RCA Victor bought his recording contract.
And by the very next year, he was an international sensation loved by millions.
3. Elvis was also called “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”!
It is one of the greatest achievements of Elvis that he is known as “The King of Rock n Roll” or simply “The King”.
But note that, he wasn’t the first to introduce Rock n Roll, he just ignited the flame of Rock n Roll and successfully emerged as one of the most famous singers ever.
4. He also auditioned to join “The Songfellows” in 1954!
It might feel awkward today, but yeah, he really auditioned to become a member of the gospel quartet, “The Songfellows”.
But unfortunately, The King of Rock n Roll was rejected.
5. Elvis has performed only 5 concerts outside the USA!
Though he was an international sensation, he still barely performed concerts outside the United States.
Col. Tom Parker, his manager, was an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands. If the authorities came to know about this, then he will surely be deported back.
Possibly, this can be a reason why Elvis barely went outside of the US.
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6. Elvis literally recorded “Hound Dogs” after 31 takes!
You possibly already know that ‘Hound Dogs’ was a 1956 hit recorded by The King.
But, you might not know that this song was recorded 31 times and the 28th version was finalized as ‘Hound Dogs’.
This shows that Elvis was really very dedicated and patient towards his songs.
7. He had changed some song lyrics on the spot!
Very few singers possess this amazing ability to change the lyrics of any song at the time of performance.
Isn’t it amazing?
You can consider Elvis’s performance in Las Vegas in 1969. He sang ‘Are you Lonesome tonight’, and he replaced the line ‘Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?’ with ‘Do you look at your bald head and wish you has hair’.
8. He actually never played guitar!
Now, you might be thinking that you saw him with a guitar during his performances (in photos).
But, you’ll be shocked to know that he even didn’t know how to play the guitar.
The guitar during his performances is used just as a prop to make him more attractive.
9. Elvis was a 7th Degree Black Belt!
Martial Arts attracted Elvis during his army training in the year 1958. And, from there itself, he started doing karate.
And, when he died he was a 7th-degree black belt in Karate.
That’s Insane, man!!
10. Elvis received more than 100k sympathy cards after his mother’s death!
Unfortunately, on August 14, 1958, The King’s mother, Gladys, died due to a heart attack at 46. He was also suffering from liver disease.
After Elvis’s great loss, he received more than 100K sympathy cards from his fans worldwide.
This shows how caring was his fans!!
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11. He also helped the United States to beat Polio!
You already know that Elvis had millions of followers. So, keeping this in mind, he got his polio vaccination on the national television of the US in 1956.
This drastically increased the immunization levels from about .5% to a sky-high 80% in a short period of 6 months.
Once again, clever minds!!
12. Elvis also had a twin brother!
Yeah, it is true that Elvis had a twin brother who entered the world 35 minutes earlier than him. He was named Jesse Garon.
But unfortunately, he was stillborn.
Therefore, Elvis was the only child of his parents.
13. Don’t Be Cruel and Hound Dog was the most famous hits of Elvis!
These two songs were the most famous two-sided hits of The King.
To date, no other artist has beaten the cumulative chart performance of these two insane hits.
14. Elvis’s daughter married two of the most famous actors!
You’ll be shocked to know that Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie, married two of the greatest superstars namely, Michael Jackson and Nicholas Cage.
She married Michael Jackson in 1994 and the relationship ended in 2 years. Thereafter, she married Nicholas Cage in 2002.
15. The word ‘Blue’ was used several times in Elvis’s songs!
It is just a coincidence or it is intentionally been used, nobody knows.
But the word ‘Blue’ is used in the titles of Elvis’s songs 15 times.
Yeah, 15 times!
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16. He only performed on “Unchained Melody” in his last 6 months!
As The King was really broken, he only performed on the song ‘Unchained Melody’ during the last 6 months of his life.
Moreover, he also pleaded to his former wife, Priscilla for a reunion.
17. His death is still considered a mystery!
The King of Rock n Roll passed away on the 16th of August 1977 at the age of 42.
The official statements say that he passed away due to a heart attack caused by an overdose of some prescription drugs but still, many consider his death a mystery.
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