Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. I found a great article on Yahoo News and thought I would share it with you. Here are some little known facts about Elvis and his career. Where would we be without his music?
–According to Robert Sillerman, former CEO of the company that owns 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises, there are more than 84,000 performers whose principal occupation is impersonating Elvis.
–“Elvis” was the middle name of Vernon Presley, Elvis’s father
–Despite being the “King of Rock And Roll,” Elvis never received Grammy recognition for any of his signature rock hits. He did win three Grammy awards over his career, but they were all for gospel recordings. He did, however, receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1971.
–Elvis played bass on his 1957 hit, “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care.”
–Elvis never performed live outside of the United States, save five Canadian shows in 1957.
–After leaving the Army, Elvis made his first post-military appearance in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was a benefit concert in which all proceeds went to the USS Arizona Memorial building fund, honoring American sailors killed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
–Elvis’s friends noted that he loved pepper on his eggs–in fact, he often poured so much pepper on his omelet that it appeared black.
–Everyone knows about Elvis’s iconic 1956 pink Cadillac. But did you know he also owned a nearly identical model in purple? Both cars are on display at the Graceland Museum.
–Comedian Johnny Carson once quipped, “If life was fair, Elvis would still be alive and all the impersonators dead.”
–Larry Geller was responsible for styling Elvis’s hair for the sad occasion of his funeral. When setting about his task, he was startled to find that Elvis had half an inch of white-colored regrowth under his dyed black hair. Geller quickly improvised a touch-up job using a black mascara wand.