Facts Even True Fans Didn’t Know About Elvis Presley

Before Justin Bieber, One Direction, or Shawn Mendes, was the original lady-killer—Elvis Presley. He was often referred to as The King for his irresistible moves and buttery voice. It made any ladies of America swoon (and scream uncontrollably) for him. But there was more to him than all-white suits. Here, we give you little known facts about Elvis!

Image Credits: Getty Images | How much do you know about The King of Rock and Roll?

Image Credits: Getty Images | How much do you know about The King of Rock and Roll?


ELVIS AND PRISCILLA'S SHOCKING AGE DIFFERENCE

The singer's partner Priscilla Beaulieu was the only woman he ever took vows with. Although both lovebirds were young when they met, Priscilla's age was a little concerning. She was 14 and Elvis 24 when they met. She later shared, "I was kind of lost really in who I was earlier in my life, I really didn’t have teenage years,”

Image Credits: Getty Images | Priscilla shared there was an absence of teenage years when she met Elvis

Image Credits: Getty Images | Priscilla shared there was an absence of teenage years when she met Elvis


THE SINGER WAS A VISUAL PERSON AND WAS EXPRESSIVE TO HIS PARTNER ABOUT IT

After years of courting and tying the knot, Elvis requested that his wife always looked her best, even wear makeup around him all the time. No time for letting her skin pores breathe. According to Priscilla, Elvis liked the mystery of never knowing how she looked like before getting ready. The wife agreed to his conditions, perhaps due to competition.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis required his wife to always look her best

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis required his wife to always look her best


ELVIS WAS NOT AS EXTROVERTED AS HE APPEARED TO BE

The man of many demands was just a little shy boy before he rose to stardom. When his mother got him a guitar at the age of 11, he was given an opportunity from a local radio station a year later to perform. Guess what he did? He rejected the offer for the reason of being too scared

Image Credits: Getty Images | A young Elvis turned down the offer for being too scared

Image Credits: Getty Images | A young Elvis turned down the offer for being too scared


DISQUALIFIED AT THE AGE OF 19

A few years after he found his talent for singing and playing guitar, he auditioned to join a gospel quartet called Songfellows at the age of 19. The judge turned him down, a decision that may have cost him a fortune. Everything turned out for the better, as he was Elvis had already started recording songs the previous year.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis was not always popular—he was turned down at an audition when he was 19

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis was not always popular—he was turned down at an audition when he was 19


RECORDING HIS FIRST SONG AND DISCOVERING A CREATIVE USE OF SHOE POLISH 

Elvis recorded and released his first single in Memphis, and it was no gospel hymn. He paid $4 to have the song tracked and later gifted it to his mother. The song "That's All Right" was even played 14 times once by the local radio. During his live performances, he would use shoe polish to darken his hair. 

Image Credits: Getty Images | The iconic American star would use show polish to darken his hair

Image Credits: Getty Images | The iconic American star would use show polish to darken his hair


HE NEVER WROTE ANY OF HIS 600 SONGS 

Every one of his songs—including "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog"—was simply sung by Elvis. He was not the mastermind behind the melody or lyrics of more than 600 of his releases. Whoever the composers were, they did a great job resourcefully using Elvi's smooth voice to capture the listeners' ears.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis Presley never wrote any of the 600 songs he released

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis Presley never wrote any of the 600 songs he released


THE KING'S FIRST ALBUM SAT IN NUMBER ONE FOR 10 WEEKS 

If it is the norm for artists to hit fame years and years after releasing numerous albums, Elvis was not going to have any of that. His debut album “Elvis Presley” in 1956 was the first rock and roll album to go number one, and the ranking did not move for an impressive ten weeks. Way to go Elvis! 

Image Credits: Getty Images | His debut album "Elvis Presley" was the first rock and roll album to go number one

Image Credits: Getty Images | His debut album "Elvis Presley" was the first rock and roll album to go number one


PRESLEY'S EXPANSION OF HIS PALETTE OF TALENTS

if that was not enough for the young singer, the American singer started expanding his portfolio and starred in over 30 movies, including King Creole, Loving You, and Viva Las Vegas. Whether or not the films were as successful as his songs, the rock and roll mania was a daring and experimentative young fellow.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The singer soon became an actor, acting in films like "Viva Las Vegas" and "Loving You"

Image Credits: Getty Images | The singer soon became an actor, acting in films like "Viva Las Vegas" and "Loving You"


ELVIS SERVED TWO YEARS IN THE MILITARY AT THE HEIGH OF HIS STARDOM

Right after his debut album creation national sensation, the singer was called to halt his fun with music and serve his country. During the Cold War, Elvis was enlisted for a peacetime draft in the face of the Soviet threat. He joined in 1958—two years after releasing "Elvis Presley"—and fulfilled his duty in 1960.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis stopped all musical activities to serve his country from 1958 to 1960

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis stopped all musical activities to serve his country from 1958 to 1960


THE ACTOR AND SINGER WAS SOMEWHAT A PART OF ERADICATING POLIO

A year after the cure for polio was invented, doctors of the nation struggled to convince teenagers to take the vaccine. The youth needed some convincing. Well, the doctors found another solution to that. Elvis posed for the press and publicly got the polio vaccine. According to the Guardian, incidents of the disease went down 90% between 1950 and 1960.

Image Credits: Getty Images | According to the Guardian, incident of the diseases went down significantly between 1950 to 1960

Image Credits: Getty Images | According to the Guardian, incident of the diseases went down significantly between 1950 to 1960


ELVIS WAS ALSO INTO ANOTHER FORM OF ARTS

Music and film were not only types of arts that Elvis was obsessed with. He was serious about his interest in karate. While serving, Elvis dived into studying the fighting style of Chito-Ryu and even used the stage after his tour to use his moves during his acts. He was so good that he even received his black belt!


THE ELVIS SANDWICH YOU MUST TRY AT HOME 

Along with karate, he was also fond of loading the calories right back up. He was a foodie which later got the best of him (mentioned later in the article). Out of all of the dishes he could afford, this simple sandwich hit the right chord: the “Fool’s Gold Loaf” of bread, stuffed with peanut butter, jelly, and bacon.

Image Credits: YouTube / Denver7 – The Denver Channel | Have you tried Elvis' the “Fool’s Gold Loaf” of bread?

Image Credits: YouTube / Denver7 – The Denver Channel | Have you tried Elvis' the “Fool’s Gold Loaf” of bread?


HE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, LISA MARIE

Just like Elvis had one spouse, he also had one child—a daughter named Lisa Marie. Seven years after Priscilla met Elvis when she was just a teen, the couple decided to tie the knot. But after welcoming Lisa Marie into the world, Elvis became distant from his wife, leading to the couple's divorce in 1972.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The wedded couple welcomed their only child and daughter Lisa Marie

Image Credits: Getty Images | The wedded couple welcomed their only child and daughter Lisa Marie


ELVIS HAD SERIOUS GERMAPHOBE ISSUES

The divorced wife later revealed Elvis' germaphobic tendencies of taking his own silverware outside. Priscilla said: “He didn’t like drinking out of cups that other people had drunk out of, even restaurants or other people’s homes. So when he drank, he would drink where the handle was, knowing that no one would ever drink at that side."

Image Credits: Getty Images | The late star would even drink where the handle of the cup was to avoid others' salivas

Image Credits: Getty Images | The late star would even drink where the handle of the cup was to avoid others' salivas


THE HOUND BOY SINGER LIKED TO DRESS UP AS A POLICE OFFICER

Other than putting his all-white suits, the singer liked to dress up as a police officer and pull people over, mainly women. He would find thrill in handing them "a ticket", meaning his autograph, and say, “you’re welcome.” Imagine driving and getting in trouble with an officer, only to find out he's the legendary Elvis! 

Image Credits: Getty Images | The Hound Boy singer liked a little bit of police cosplay in his life

Image Credits: Getty Images | The Hound Boy singer liked a little bit of police cosplay in his life


EYELASH DYE AND HEALTH COMPLICATIONS

Even if you are the iconic Elvis Presley, the inescapable truth of aging still applies to you. The 37-year-old divorced singer was not the young Hound Dog singer anymore. He tried to keep his youthful appearance despite his physical health by dying his eyelashes, which reportedly led to health complications later in his life. 

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis Presley would later suffer many health complications, one caused from dying his eyelashes

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis Presley would later suffer many health complications, one caused from dying his eyelashes


CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, ELVIS WAS NOT LIKED BY VEGAS INITIALLY

When Elvis was making solid hits with his debut album back in 1956, Vegas was not having any of that. A local writer said, “As he stands up there clutching his guitar, he shakes and shivers like he is suffering from itchy underwear and hot shoes.” But as years went by, Vegas soo became a home base for Presley.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis was first not welcomed to Las Vegas and was described as "suffering from hot shoes"

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis was first not welcomed to Las Vegas and was described as "suffering from hot shoes"


"WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS"

Right around the time Elvis was influencing Las Vegas stance towards him, directors released Elvis' popular film Viva Las Vegas, right around the time white little chapels and shotgun weddings became a thing during the 50s. Guess where Elvis married with the mother of his daughter? You guess it right: Las Vegas, but it was before shotgun weddings were trending.

Image Credits: Getty Images | His first and last marriage was held in Las Vegas

Image Credits: Getty Images | His first and last marriage was held in Las Vegas


ELVIS WAS BORN TALL, BUT HE ENDED UP WIDE AS WELL

The late star is considered a big man even for today's standards, towering six feet with a size-11-shoe, but toward the end of his life, he certainly gained a lot of weight. A journalist commented that he was "almost unrecognizable". All along with his weight gain, he also suffered from glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, and an enlarged colon.

Image Credits: Getty Images | The iconic American singer suffered from glaucoma, high blood pressure, and liver damage

Image Credits: Getty Images | The iconic American singer suffered from glaucoma, high blood pressure, and liver damage


SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE HIS DEATH IS A SCAM

The late icon passed away on the night of August 1977 at a young age of 42. However, there remain rumors and mysterious around his death, some even claiming he feigned his death. But as mentioned before, Elvis had a handful of complications that finally caught up to him, supported by reports indicating the discovery of drugs in his system.

Image Credits: Flickr | The late star passed away at the young age of 42, but there are theories he feigned his death.

Image Credits: Flickr | The late star passed away at the young age of 42, but there are theories he feigned his death.


ONE OF THE LEAST KNOWN FACTS: HE HAD A SIBLING, A TWIN TO BE EXACT

The Mississippi native was born on January 8 in 1935 and he was not alone in the womb. His brother did not make it, however, due to serious issues that forced his mother to go to the hospital. The experience caused the mother to never conceive again, which explains her early attachment to Elvis.

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis almost grew up with another King, his own twin brother

Image Credits: Getty Images | Elvis almost grew up with another King, his own twin brother

Despite his passing away, Elvis Presley will forever remain the American legend and icon. His voice and impact on the music industry and the powerful experience of performances will remain timeless. Which of the little known facts surprised you the most? What is your favorite song from The King? Let us know! 

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