The king of the rock n’ roll – Elvis Presley died 40 years ago on 16 August 1977 and this week is all about him and his music journey.
We want to share some less known facts about him and his live. Also we want to share some quotes from Elvis. And after such a long time, his albums are still selling, which testifies to his popularity.
1. Elvis’s first public appearance was at the Mississippi-Alabama contest at the Dairy Fair. Young Presley appeared on the stage and sang dressed like a cowboy, and he had to stand on a chair to reach the microphone.
2. Elvis was a good friend with Clit Eastwood – in the middle of ‘60s they worked together in the same studio. Clint and Elvis had also same passion for the guns and shooting from them.
“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.”
3. Elvis had a black belt in karate.
4. People which was around the King of Rock N’ Roll were known as the “Memphis Mafia”. Each member of this group had diamonds and gold rings given to them by Elvis, engraved with TCB of gold. TCB was a short cut from “Take Care of Business”.
“When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.”
5. The first broadcast of his song occurred in 1954 at the radio station of Memphis WHBQ. The song was “It’s All Right” / “Blue Moon of Kentucky”.
6. During his musical career, Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but none of these songs was written by him.
“I never expected to be anybody important.”
7. Presley had a “small” collection of weapons that counted 40 pieces of various guns and rifles.
8. Not only was Presley a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s great-grandfather, Isaiah Harrison, but was also a distant relative of US President Jimmy Carter.
“Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.”
9. Presley won three Grammy Awards – for his gospel albums.
10. The last movie he saw in cinema was “The Spy Who Loved Me”.
“When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
11. Elvis’s name was Elvis Aron Presley, but on his tombstone Elvis Aaron Presley writes.
12. The members of the band Led Zeppelin were huge fans of Elvis. In 1973, when they toured the United States, they met the King in Los Angeles. Zeppelins were left speechless when Elvis exchanged gold and diamonds worth $5,000 for the watch of one of Zeppelin’s members, John Paul Jones, who featured a photo of Mickey Mouse.
“Until we meet again, may God bless you as he has blessed me.”
Elvis Presley 8, January 1944 – 16, August 1977