40 Years On: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elvis Presley


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1977 said hello to Jimmy Carter and goodbye to the king of rock and roll.

And what made him king? Most likely the unforgettable concert “Aloha from Hawaii.” Not just because it was streamed live via satellite, (which for 1973 was a hell of a feat), but also because we got to see the famous jumpsuit.

It’s an image of Elvis that everyone knows. And we mean everyone. If somebody hasn’t heard of Elvis Presley, then they’ve been living under a rock. Everyone recognizes the white bedazzled suit, teamed with the Hawaiian lei, pelvis thrusts and the black quiff, which was actually dyed. Yes, Elvis was actually blond. You may be thinking that this info is going to ruin your Halloween costume, but think of it this way – it’s a great “did you know…” conversation starter when the party is at a standstill.

Elvis dominated the charts during his career but his real achievement is the fact that we’re still listening to his music – 40 years after he left us – and he’s still a household name. Whenever he comes on the radio, there’s at least one person in the room who’ll lower their voice, and say “thank you very much”. His recording contract was signed in 1954 when he was only 19. In fact his biggest hit “Jailhouse Rock” was released in 1957 when he was only 22 years old – that was 60 years ago!

Anyway, a little less conversation (from us) and a little more action please. In celebration of a legendary icon, we’ve partnered with Stylight and gathered 10 humdinger-facts:


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