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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One of the gifts his parents got him was a guitar. Elvis was eleven at the time and had asked for a bicycle, but his parents couldn’t afford one so he ended up with a guitar instead.

guitarSource: popmatters.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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As a teenager Elvis worked as an usher at Loew’s State Theater in Memphis. He was fired when another usher ratted on him for getting free candy from the girl behind the concession stand.

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Presley’s idol was Tony Curtis, who had shiny black hair. When he decided to dye his hair for the first time, he used black shoe polish. He also dyed his eyelashes to match, which would later cause him minor health issues and allergies.

Tony CurtisSource: popmatters.com, Image: Wikipedia
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An online poll during the late nineties showed that “Elvis” was one of the most popular passwords for computers in the United States at the time.

passwordSource: popmatters.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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Elvis used to tell his friends and people close to him that he would die in his forties, just like his mother. Ironically, on August 16, 1977, the date of his death, Elvis was only forty-two.

Elvis and his motherSource: popmatters.com, Image: pixabay.com

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