Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
By EIN Roving Reporter Sanja Meegin
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EIN EXCLUSIVE Elvis Week Update - Wednesday August 16
Final update from Memphis:
As planned I spent an emotional Monday walking with the spirits of Graceland. It is always good to visit but compared to last year I was disappointed, as there were no exciting new exhibits on display. I only hope that they are saving some 'Elvis specials' for next year - I did however get time to take some very nice photos for you all.
Other Elvis Week excitements were running into Elvis' friend (& hairdresser) Patti Parry, as well as Australia's Channel 7 TV crew who were filming a Travel Special on Memphis & Elvis. Tom Williams (the presenter) interviewed me, so all you Australian Elvis fans watch out for my performance coming up on September 25th 2006 on the travel show 'The Great Outdoors' !
EPE was originally mentioning fan attendance of up to 10,000 but the number seemed around half of that. It still took hours for a lot of fans to get through those special gates. It is always an unforgettable experience that words cannot properly explain, but something that every true Elvis fan should share at least once.
- Elvis, thank you for enriching all our lives.
EIN EXCLUSIVE - Sunday August 13
Ahh, Monday morning...
Ah, Elvis was singing that song for me last night! But was it about the cocktail or something else?! The crowds have rolled in and we all feel like partying!
And so ...
But hang on, I can hear Beale Street a-calling ...
"Some people like to rock
Some people like to roll
But movin' and a groovin'
Gonna satisfy my soul,
Let's have a party...
Let's have a party tonight"...
See you there,
"Babe, you're getting closer, The lights are going dim. . "
Signing off until tomorrow,
Your intrepid EIN Roving Reporter
EIN EXCLUSIVE - Saturday August 12
Back at The Insiders’ Conference and what a fabulous day it was. Starting with the massive crowd-pleaser of the ‘Bloopers Reel’ from the ’68 Special the atmosphere was on a high.
I was ‘girl happy’ but in fact coincidentally actress Chris Noel from Elvis' 1965 movie 'Girl Happy' came on stage to draw the next prize - a massive picture of a 50's Elvis on canvas!
It was good to see Ernst Jorgensen again. (Remember that he was too sick to attend last year).
- The 'Song-Writers' double CD with one side devoted to demos and the other side devoted to Elvis' original versions. Although Ernst was not sepcific he did mention 'Teddy Bear' sung by Otis Blackwell and 'Slowly But Surely' by P. J. Proby.
The disappointing news,
- Another Christmas Album. Of course it is a regular money-make but just same songs, new cover!
If there was any let down of the session it was surprisingly Pat Boone. Pat seemed only keen to talk about himself and how many number ones & gold records he had. We got the impression that he met Elvis maybe twice in his life, if that! (see photos below)
EIN EXCLUSIVE - Friday August 11th
After passing through Florida for a ‘Clambake’ and a quick top-up tan I arrived to a very deserted Memphis. Lots of Airport security hassles this year of course.
Rushed down to Marlowe’s for the Fan Club Meet & Greet. It was great so see so many old friends like Bill Burke as well as Irv Cass (World Champion ETA).
A new addition is Elvis’ billiard table in the middle of the room! And if you have a spare $100, you are able to play on it for 30 minutes. There is also a golf cart of Elvis' on display in there. But that’s about it, and they were closing at 9.30pm!!
In the afternoon I went down to Graceland and the tour line was empty at 2 o'clock in the afternoon! There were only 3 people on the shuttle for the next tour going over to the mansion. Compared to previous Elvis Weeks it seems like a Ghost Town, but of course it will rev up for the weekend.
My old friend (Elvis photographer) Alfred Wertheimer was there too. He told some nice stories and of course he has made a nice living from his fabulous Elvis photos but how strange that he never saw Elvis again after 1956. Wertheimer was delightful explaining that although Elvis was still very shy at the time, Elvis really took to him and he actually liked having his photo taken by him.
In a supportive move for Elvis fans, the Conference gave away an awesome mountain bike with Elvis written all over it as the prize of the day and even I won a door-prize of Jerry Schilling's new book "Me and a Guy Named Elvis" which I can recommend.
- Another night of Rock’n’Roll and the Presley excitement is building up.
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957