While thousands of die-hard fans across the world make their pilgrimage to Graceland to honour his memory, we thought we’d mark the occasion in a little less fanatical way. Here are 13 things you (probably) didn’t know about Elvis Presley:
- Elvis had a stillborn identical twin brother, Jessie.
- One of his great-great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee (Native American).
- Elvis sang in a youth talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show when he was 10 years old, and only came fifth.
- He got his first guitar for his 11th birthday. He desperately wanted a bicycle, but his parents couldn’t afford one.
- His father, Vernon, spent eight months in jail for altering a cheque.
- After high school, Elvis worked driving a truck for Crown Electric Company, and began taking courses to become an electrician.
- After a show in Jacksonville, Florida, in the US he was threatened with arrest by a juvenile court judge for gyrating. The judge told Elvis he’d only allow side-to-side movements for the rest of his shows there.
- He once did psychedelic drug LSD with the Beatles, in the hope of discovering his “inner light”.
- Elvis’ favourite sandwich was (apparently) peanut butter, bacon, banana and honey.
- He recorded 15 songs that had the word “blue” in their title.
- He once took a gun to the White House. When he met with former US president Richard Nixon, Elvis, who was gun-obsessed, brought along a WWII vintage handgun as a gift for Nixon.
- He was buried twice. His body was moved after some men tried to steal it a few months after his death.
- He would have been 78 this year.
Sources: musicradar.com, elvis.com, nation.time.com, vancouversun.com, deathandtaxesmag.com