The King of Rock and Roll

72 years ago on October 3, a ten-year-old shy boy participated in the ‘Mississippi-Alabama Fair’ singing contest, only because his schoolteacher got really impressed when he sang a famous country song during morning prayers. He was dressed as a cowboy and it was the first time he was singing in public.

A few months later, he received his first guitar for his birthday… but he never imagined that he will became one of the most important musical icons of the 20th century: the King of Rock and Roll. With over 500 million records sold, he is the best-selling individual artist of all time!

Elvis Presley

There is lots of information online and very interesting books about this fascinating artist. I have selected only some brushstrokes and let you know the sources, so you can read more about his life.

10 curious facts you didn’t know about Elvis Presley

  1. Blonde… According to this article, Elvis Presley, in contrast to Marilyn Monroe, was blonde. He dyed his hair black!
  2. Hard school times. He was the victim of bullying at school, some mates viewed him as a ‘mama’s boy‘ (source: Wikipedia)
  3. Twins! Elvis Presley had a twin brother, but he died at birth, according to this page)
  4. No conservatories. Elvis never received formal music training or learned to read music, he played by ear and even failed a music class in High School (more info here)
  5. Regarding songs… He didn’t write any of his songs! (source)
  6. Grammys! On the Grammys webpage you can see that won three Grammys, all of them for his gospel songs

Elvis- '68 Comeback Special

  1. Funny marketing ideas! In this book it is said that Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker had a particular strategy at his concerts: he used to sell both ‘I love Elvis’ and ‘I hate Elvis’ badges
  2. Freddie Mercury wrote “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (read this) in 10 minutes as a tribute to Elvis Presley
  3. Bob Dylan didn’t speak to anyone for a week after Elvis Presley died (source)
  4. ”17059 Elvis” is a small planet discovered in 1999 and named after the singer according to this article.