Elvis Fun Facts

Elvis was born on January 8, 1935 

He was born in Tupelo, Mississippi 

Tupelo is in the northern part of Mississippi. It’s the seventh largest city in Mississippi. 

Elvis died on August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee at Graceland, his mansion. 

His middle name was Aron. 

He was a hair under 6 feet tall. 

His nickname was the King of Rock n’ Roll. 

He hated to be called “Elvis the Pelvis.” 

His mom’s maiden name was Gladys Love Smith. 

His dad’s name was Vernon Elvis Presley. 

He was a twin. His brother was stillborn. 

His dad went to jail in 1938 for altering a check. 

His grade school was East Tupelo Consolidated. 

As a boy, he was a fan of a performer known as Mississippi Slim on WELO radio. At 12, Elvis was scheduled on Slim’s radio show and was overcome by stage fright. He succeeded the next week. 

He moved to Memphis, TN when he was 13 years old. 

He attended Humes High. 

After high school, he worked as a theater usher and as a truck driver for the Crown Electric Company. At the electric company, he’d deliver materials to electricians when they were working. 

He began singing in Memphis known as “the Hillbilly Cat.” 

He signed first with a local recording company and then RCA in 1955. 

In 1956, he had his first hit: “Heartbreak Hotel.” 

He was managed by Colonel Tom Parker, a “marketing genius” who got his start as a carnival promoter. He was made a colonel by a governor of Louisiana. 

His manager’s real name was Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk 

His first movie was “Love Me Tender” in 1956. 

He made 33 movies, total.  

He recorded music in pop, country, blues, and gospel. 

Up until the time around when he died, Elvis was known as a handsome singer.  

In 1958 he was drafted into the Army at Ft. Chaffee near Fort Smith, Arkansas. He served in Bad Nauheim, Germany. 

“Bad” in German means “bath” in English. It turns out that Bad Nauheim isn’t too bad!  

He met Priscilla Ann Wagner at a party he had thrown at his home. He courted her for eight years. Wagner’s name, by being adopted, became Priscilla Ann Beaulieu. 

Lisa Marie Presley was their only child.  

In the 1960s, Elvis lived in Hollywood, Calif. 

His closest friends were known as the “Memphis Mafia.” A lot of people blamed them for his death and problems with addiction. 

His movies were usually panned by critics but popular with the public. 

His movie “Speedway,” co-starring Nancy Sinatra, had nothing to do with Speedway Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona.  

The last movie he made, “Change of Habit” in 1969, was panned at the time but recently received critical acclaim. It dealt with social issues like autistic children, mob violence and romance between clergy members.   

Elvis studied karate. 

During the 1970s, Elvis made a comeback. In Las Vegas, Nevada, he had 57 sold-out shows. He toured the United States and performed over 500 live shows.  

He and Priscilla got a divorce after he slept with some of the most beautiful women in show business. He didn’t sleep with every woman he could have, however. Many commented that Elvis was “a perfect gentleman.  

He gained weight and became dependent on stimulants and antidepressants. 

Elvis is Number Two on the list of all-time bestselling music artists, behind the Beatles. 

Elvis was the 784th most popular name for boys in 2005. It was the 361st popular name in 1956.  

Other famous Elvises include Elvis Costello, Elvis Crespo, and Elvis Grbac. Both Elvis Costello and Elvis Crespo are musicians. Is there something about having Elvis as your first name? 

Many people have their own favorite Elvis song. It’s like people can’t agree on which song is his best one! 

 

Elvis’s Studio Albums 

Elvis Presley (1956) 

Elvis (1956) 

Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) 

For LP Fans Only (1959) 

A Date With Elvis (1959) 

Elvis is Back! (1960) 

His Hand in Mine (1960) 

Something for Everybody (1961) 

Pot Luck With Elvis (1962) 

Elvis for Everyone! (1965) 

How Great Thou Art (1967) 

From Elvis in Memphis (1969) 

From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis (1969) 

That’s the Way It Is (1970) 

Elvis In Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (1970) 

On Stage (1970) 

Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old) (1971) 

Love Letters from Elvis (1971) 

Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971) 

Elvis Now (1972) 

He Touched Me (1972) 

Elvis (1973) (The “Fool” Album) 

Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake (1973) 

Good Times (1974) 

Promised Land (1975) 

Today (1975) 

From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (1976) 

The Sun Sessions (1976) 

Moody Blue (1977) 

 

Elvis’ Soundtrack Albums 

Loving You (1957) 

King Creole (1958) 

G.I. Blues (1960) 

Blue Hawaii (1961) 

Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) 

It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) 

Fun in Acapulco (1963) 

Kissin’ Cousins (1964) 

Roustabout (1964) 

Girl Happy (1965) 

Harum Scarum (1965) 

Frankie and Johnny (1966) 

Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) 

Spinout (1966) 

Double Trouble (1967) 

Clambake (1967) 

Speedway (1968) 

Elvis Movies  

(“*” Denotes one of the 10 greatest Elvis movies) 

*Love Me Tender (1956) 

*Loving You (1957) 

*Jailhouse Rock (1957) 

*King Creole (1958 

G.I. Blues (1960) 

*Flaming Star (1960) 

*Wild in the Country (1961) 

*Blue Hawaii (1961) 

*Follow That Dream (1962) 

Kid Galahad (1962) 

Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) 

It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) 

Fun in Acapulco (1963) 

Kissin’ Cousins (1964) 

*Viva Las Vegas (1964) 

Roustabout (1964) 

Girl Happy (1965) 

Tickle Me (1965) 

Harum Scarum (1965) 

Frankie and Johnny (1966) 

Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) 

Spinout (1966) 

Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) 

Double Trouble (1967) 

Clambake (1967) 

Stay Away, Joe (1968) 

Speedway (1968) 

Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) 

Charro! (1969) 

The Trouble with Girls (1969) 

*Change of Habit (1969) 

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970) 

Elvis on Tour (1972) 

 

TV concert specials 

Elvis (1968) 

Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite (1973) 

Elvis in Concert (1977)