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
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
By Alfred Lubrano, The Philadelphia Inquirer
It was a time ahead of its time.
Misunderstood as a banal moment in an era of happy days and bland conformity, 1956 was a watershed year whose churning events helped form modern America. Fifty years ago, the era of popular culture as we now know it - with television at its core - was born.
Elvis has entered the building.When the 21-year-old musician made his national television debut on Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's "Stage Show" on Jan. 28, 1956, popular culture changed forever.
All swiveling hips and smirking self-confidence, Elvis either offended or exhilarated stunned viewers. A regional phenomenon before his TV spots, Elvis made five more appearances on the Dorseys' program, then followed those up with equally incendiary guest shots that year on the Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan programs, and he showed up in theaters with his debut film, "Love Me Tender."Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed - the man credited with calling the music "rock-and-roll" - began the first regularly scheduled, nationally broadcast rock-and-roll show, on the CBS Radio Network.
Also in 1956, Dick Clark became full-time host of "Bandstand" (initially produced in Philadelphia). The program, which debuted in 1952, became the nationally broadcast "American Bandstand" the following year."Rock Around the Clock," which is said to be the first rock-and-roll movie, started riots in theaters around the country that year, provoking frenzy among kids unaccustomed to in-your-face delivery of relentlessly potent, guitar-based music.
And, significantly, for the first time at Billboard magazine, five songs showed up in both the pop and R&B top-10 charts. These were some of the first major crossover hits: Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel," Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," the Platters' "Magic Touch," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love." John Lennon once said this was the era of the greatest rock-and-roll music ever made.
And crossover music energized the groove."One thread that runs through a lot of things in 1956 is race," said Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor to Rolling Stone. Elvis combined white, Southern rockabilly with a black sensibility - some say he stole African American style - to create something that seemed fresh to much of the country."
The idea of race-mixing is at the heart of things in 1956," DeCurtis said. "And all this music is happening against a backdrop of the civil-rights movement."This is the first time you'd use the expression `youth culture.' But that's what was taking shape. There was a youth rebellion, with the Beats, and rock-and-roll and the desire for sensation, pleasure and excitement in the face of conformity and nuclear dread. And race-crossing made it all seem insurrectionary.
"All that energy was frightening to a lot of people."And this particular revolution was televised.
Until then, television was live. But with the machine, networks could tape shows for later broadcast, meaning that if Elvis was on at 8 p.m. in the East, he could be seen at 8 p.m. in the West, rather than broadcast live at 5 p.m., when fewer viewers could watch. Tape afforded TV writers, directors and producers more flexibility and creativity. Shows could take on any form, as could national advertising, which began to blossom (Clairol's "Does she or doesn't she?" ad took off in 1956).
Television - not the movies, the town square, the general store - became the major conveyance of culture. As the highways would tie the country together physically, television began to unite it socially, creating a mass national culture that supplanted parochial thinking.America's physical landscape began to be reshaped on June 29, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, authorizing the Interstate Highway system.
Planned since the 1930s, the effort to build 41,000 miles of road for about $100 billion is still thought to be the largest public-works project in the history of the planet, said Vukan Vuchic, professor of transportation engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. The interstate system increased commerce and knitted together the country in new ways, linking cities with smooth corridors of concrete and asphalt.Suburbs exploded. Off-ramp communities sprouted. Malls sprang up nearby. In October 1956, Southdale Center mall, the first fully enclosed shopping center in the United States, opened outside Minneapolis."
It was positive, and the country needed the roads," Vuchic said, "but there were problems."Mass transit suffered. Before the interstates, Americans relied on a passenger rail system for long-distance travel. Amtrak's current failures can be linked directly to the act, Vuchic asserted.
It wasn't an accident. Historian Robert Caro, in his book "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York," said Moses and others in charge of highway construction sabotaged mass transit by building highway overpasses too low to allow buses to pass, and by narrowing highway medians so no light rail lines could be laid there. By contributing to suburban sprawl, the interstates also initiated the abandonment of downtowns, Vuchic said. Because thousands of houses had to be demolished to make way for roads and parking lots, neighborhoods were destroyed, he added."
The decay of cities, excessive energy consumption, total dependence on automobiles . . . all were part of the tremendous emphasis on freeways only," Vuchic said.
Across the country in 1956, the look and feel of life was changing forever. Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy's misguided hunt for subversives had largely ended two years earlier, but Americans still considered communism a genuine threat to their way of life. By testing a hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific in May, the U.S. government was warning Russia (and assuring Americans) that democracy would prevail.
On July 30, 1956, Eisenhower signed the law officially establishing "In God We Trust," which had appeared on some U.S. currency since the 19th century, as the national motto. As serious as the international scene was, domestic matters rivaled world events for gravitas.Nowhere was that more evident than in the South, where the civil-rights movement was evolving. The year brought progress, but at a cost.
Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white bus rider in December 1955 led to the nearly 400-day Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott. The political action was led by Martin Luther King Jr., whose house was bombed Jan. 30. But later in 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation on public buses.
Although the laws began to change, the attitudes that fueled racism did not. During a 1956 concert in Alabama, singer Nat King Cole was beaten by a white-supremacist group known as the White Citizens Council of Birmingham. And while the enrollment of Autherine Lucy as the first black student at the University of Alabama provided many Americans with cause to celebrate, the feeling was short-lived: Her presence on campus caused riots, and, unable to quell the backlash, school administrators decided to expel her.
Coontz, the historian, who teaches at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., said people such as Lucy helped invent the spirit of protest for which the 1960s would later be known."You first saw a radical sense among young black people, who were attacked by dogs at demonstrations," she said. "The civil-rights movement was the precursor to the antiwar movement of the `60s."
Similarly, while the 1960s and 1970s were credited with starting to elevate women above long-held second-class status, it was during the 1950s that women made important gains.A 1956 McCall's magazine article titled "The Mother Who Ran Away" set a record for readership, causing an astonished editor at the magazine to declare a newly discovered notion: "Those women at home with their three and a half children were miserably unhappy."
What happened was a kind of nationwide switching on, a quick-and-ragged break from long-established convention.
Bubbling beneath the surface of seeming tranquility were convulsions and cataclysms that would reverberate for decades, helping to form how we live, how we think, and who we are today.
"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
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m