25 Captivating Facts About Elvis Presley: The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Whether you know him as the Memphis Flash, the King of Hillbilly, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, or simply the King; Elvis Presley is one of the greatest—if not the greatest—cultural icons of the last seventy years. Almost forty years after his death, he still remains the biggest selling solo artist of all time with his records selling more than 600 million (over a billion according to the record company RCA) units worldwide. His dance moves and great looks quickly made him a fashion icon and the world’s premier sex symbol, making women go wild every time he appeared on stage or on TV.

His musical influence and cultural impact on modern music and pop culture is best illustrated by this statement from Rolling Stone: “It was Elvis who made rock ’n’ roll the international language of pop,” and John Lennon’s legendary remark, “Before Elvis there was nothing.” But who was Elvis Presley? Who was the man behind the artist who made billions of people around the world love and admire him even more than religious figures, politicians, and presidents? It’s time to find out! These are 25 Captivating Facts About Elvis Presley: The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

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Back in 1936 more than 216 people were killed in Tupelo, Mississippi, in one of the deadliest tornadoes in history. One of the survivors of this deadly tornado was fifteen-month-old Elvis Presley.

TupeloSource: popmatters.com, Image: Wikipedia
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The first time Presley made a recording, it was for his mother. He paid $4 to Sun Studio to press two songs—“My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”—as a gift for her.

Sun RecordsSource: popmatters.com, Image: Wikipedia
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Presley recorded anywhere from 600 to 1,200 songs, depending on whether the list includes unfinished works, alternate versions, bootlegs, etc.

Elvis concertSource: popmatters.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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When Elvis was only two, he wiggled out of his mother’s arms and joined the choir to sing with them during an Assembly of God service.

He's in here somewhereSource: popmatters.com
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At age ten Elvis participated in a children’s talent show and sang “Old Shep.” He finished fifth but his artistic talents began to become clear to those who knew him and watched his performance.

Elvis talent showSource: popmatters.com, Image: Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com


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