Consider this Elvis 101. Here are a few quick facts about Elvis Presley, his life and his incredible career.
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- Elvis Presley is called the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
- Elvis has been inducted into five Halls of Fame: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, Gospel, Rockabilly and R&B.
- Elvis has sold over one billion records worldwide.
- Elvis has had over 150 different albums and singles certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum.
- Elvis still holds the record for Most Top 40 hits at 114 total.
- Elvis starred in 31 feature films and two concert documentaries.
- Elvis’ new CD release in October 2015, “If I Can Dream” was #1 in the UK and around the world, the second biggest release of 2015 in the UK (after Adele).
- Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
- Elvis won three Grammy awards during this lifetime, all for gospel music.
- Elvis had one child – a daughter named Lisa Marie.
- Elvis only performed in three cities outside the U.S. – Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto, Canada.
- Elvis’ first movie was “Love Me Tender” and was released in 1956.
- Elvis’ first gold record was for “Heartbreak Hotel” and was received in 1956.
- Elvis purchased Graceland Mansion, his home in Memphis, in 1957 for $102,500.
- Elvis recorded “That’s All Right” on July 5, 1954, on the Sun Record label.
- Elvis got his first guitar in Tupelo on his 11th birthday – January 8, 1946.
- Before becoming famous, Elvis drove a delivery truck for Crown Electric in Memphis.
- Elvis was inducted into the U.S. Army in March 1958 and served six years - two years in active duty and four years in the Army Reserves.
- Elvis was named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation in 1970 by the United States Jaycees.
- Elvis had 53 Top 40 albums on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
- In August 2015, the new CD “Elvis Presley Forever” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart.
- “Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii” was seen in 40 countries by more people than watched man’s first walk on the moon.
- Elvis is the only music artist to be honored with two U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamps (1993 & 2015). The 1993 stamp is still the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time.
- Elvis passed away in 1977 at Graceland in Memphis.