Elvis Presley Wiki, Bio, Age, Net Worth, and Other Facts

Elvis Presley Wiki, Bio, Age, Net Worth, and Other Facts

Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Elvis Presley. Check it out!

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. In 1953, he attended the senior prom with the current girl he was courting, Regis Wilson. After graduating from high school in Memphis, Elvis took odd jobs working as a movie theater usher and a truck driver for Crown Electric Company. He began singing locally as “The Hillbilly Cat”, then signed with a local recording company, and then with RCA in 1955.

Interesting Facts about Elvis Presley

  • Between 1957-69 he performed only two concerts and made just two television appearances.
  • Once gave a robe to Muhammad Ali. On the back of the robe was stitched “The Peoples Champion”, which was Presley’s nickname for Ali.
  • His mother Gladys Presley was born in 1912, but claimed to be born in 1918. She was four years older than Elvis’ father Vernon Presley, and lied about her age because it was considered stigmatic for a woman to marry a younger man.
  • Towards the later years of his life, he became a big fan of the comedy troupe Monty Python and would often recite their sketches to his friends and family. His favourite sketch was “Nudge Nudge” and would subsequently start calling people “squire”. According to Jerry Schilling, he watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) almost 50 times and his former bodyguard recalled him dismissing shows that didn’t go well with the line: “It’s only a flesh wound”.
  • Was one of the many dozen of celebrities like John Agar, John Russell and Sabu who visited renowned animal trainer and Hollywood animal behaviorist Ralph Helfer’s Africa U.S.A. Exotic Animal Ranch in Soledad Canyon, California on weekends to play with the animals and pitch in with the chores. Elvis’ favorite animal was a chimp named Coffee, who once belonged to Mae West.
  • In 1970 he wrote to J. Edgar Hoover requesting to join the FBI at the height of its campaign against political protests in the United States.
  • Stage: “All Shook Up”, a show based on his work, debuted on Broadway in 2004.
  • He was a born-again Christian who loved to sing gospel music.
  • In 1981, Kirsty MacColl had a number 14 single in the UK with the song “There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis”. He also inspired the song “Elvis Ate America” on the album “Original Soundtracks 1” by Passengers, which was a U2 and Brian Eno side project in 1995.
  • In 1973 he met with Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in Los Angeles. An idol to the members of Led Zeppelin, Elvis wanted to meet “who was outselling him” at concerts (Zeppelin was in the midst of a record-breaking tour that year). A meeting was arranged with Plant and Jones. Plant was so awestruck at meeting his idol in person that he could barely speak to him. Jones, nearly as awestruck as Plant, made small talk with the “King,” and mentioned what a beautiful watch Elvis wore. Elvis, always the generous one, instantly traded his $5,000 gold and diamond watch for Jones’ $10 Mickey Mouse watch. This broke the ice with all of them, and they became fast friends. Throughout the early 1970s members of Led Zeppelin even attended a few of Elvis’ concerts, and were granted the privilege of sitting in the front row by the King himself.
  • Has been portrayed by Val Kilmer, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kurt Russell, Don Johnson, Bruce Campbell, David Keith, Rob Youngblood, Peter Dobson and Scott Bakula.
  • Investor CKX paid $100 million for an 85% interest in Presley’s income in February 2005.

Personal Quotes by Elvis Presley

I’m strictly for Stevenson. I don’t dig the intellectual bit, but I’m telling you, man, he knows the most.

- Elvis Presley

A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business, live concerts.

- Elvis Presley

I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.

- Elvis Presley