History Music / ElvisPresley

13th Sep '17 8:21:00 AM crazysamaritan
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* BaconAddiction: Elvis ''loved'' bacon -- in large part because his childhood poverty made it a rare treat when he was growing up. Pretty much all of his favourite dishes involved bacon in some way.
* BerserkButton: He ''hated'' being called The King.

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* BaconAddiction: Elvis ''loved'' bacon -- in large part because his childhood poverty made it a rare treat when he was growing up. Pretty much all of his favourite dishes involved bacon in some way.
* BerserkButton: He ''hated'' being called The King.



* BigEater: More like ''Huge'' Eater:
** Elvis (with a pair of Colorado cops) once flew all the way out to UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} at about midnight to eat a couple of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fool%27s_Gold_Loaf Fool's Gold Loaves]] (a hollowed-out, lightly-toasted Italian loaf filled with a whole jar of peanut butter, a whole jar of grape jelly, and an [[BaconAddiction entire pound of bacon]]). That's right, we said a couple: He probably ate at least four of the things that night. Since one of the cops was the friend of the guy who owned the restaurant that made the damned things, they got a tray of them wheeled out to the Denver airport, where they and their pilots ate the sandwiches (washed down with Perrier sparkling water and ''Dom Perignon'') and flew back to Memphis. Without even leaving the airport.
** He had a love of all other forms of SatiatingSandwich, particularly if it could in any way, shape, or form be combined with [[DeepFriedWhatever deep-frying]]. For this reason, he ''loved'' the Monte Cristo: Some combination of bacon, turkey, and ham, with Swiss cheese, battered and deep-fried -- with a bit of jam and powdered sugar on top. When asked by [[Creator/AndyKaufman Bob Zmuda]] in the late '70s whether the King was still alive, Elvis' personal aide replied, "No one can eat that many Monte Cristo sandwiches a day and live."
** And of course, there was his well-known love of fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
* BigFancyHouse: Graceland, naturally, although in his lifetime, critics tended to use less flattering words to describe it. One description compared the place to a brothel, saying that: "nothing in the house is worth a dime," and that the "gaudy," "garish," and "phony" renovations were "of an intensity that makes you gag." Of course, since his death, the place has practically become a shrine.
** In truth, the house is not particularly big, especially when compared to modern celebrity mansions, and the decor is definitely kitschy, especially the blue-and-gold bar area and the jungle room. That being said, it's still pretty cool.
* {{Bookends}}: "In The Ghetto" from ''Music/FromElvisInMemphis'' starts and ends with a boy being born in the ghetto.

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* BigEater: More like ''Huge'' Eater:
{{Bookends}}:
** Elvis (with a pair of Colorado cops) once flew all the way out to UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} at about midnight to eat a couple of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fool%27s_Gold_Loaf Fool's Gold Loaves]] (a hollowed-out, lightly-toasted Italian loaf filled with a whole jar of peanut butter, a whole jar of grape jelly, and an [[BaconAddiction entire pound of bacon]]). That's right, we said a couple: He probably ate at least four of the things that night. Since one of the cops was the friend of the guy who owned the restaurant that made the damned things, they got a tray of them wheeled out to the Denver airport, where they and their pilots ate the sandwiches (washed down with Perrier sparkling water and ''Dom Perignon'') and flew back to Memphis. Without even leaving the airport.
** He had a love of all other forms of SatiatingSandwich, particularly if it could in any way, shape, or form be combined with [[DeepFriedWhatever deep-frying]]. For this reason, he ''loved'' the Monte Cristo: Some combination of bacon, turkey, and ham, with Swiss cheese, battered and deep-fried -- with a bit of jam and powdered sugar on top. When asked by [[Creator/AndyKaufman Bob Zmuda]] in the late '70s whether the King was still alive, Elvis' personal aide replied, "No one can eat that many Monte Cristo sandwiches a day and live."
** And of course, there was his well-known love of fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
* BigFancyHouse: Graceland, naturally, although in his lifetime, critics tended to use less flattering words to describe it. One description compared the place to a brothel, saying that: "nothing in the house is worth a dime," and that the "gaudy," "garish," and "phony" renovations were "of an intensity that makes you gag." Of course, since his death, the place has practically become a shrine.
** In truth, the house is not particularly big, especially when compared to modern celebrity mansions, and the decor is definitely kitschy, especially the blue-and-gold bar area and the jungle room. That being said, it's still pretty cool.
* {{Bookends}}:
"In The Ghetto" from ''Music/FromElvisInMemphis'' starts and ends with a boy being born in the ghetto.



* ButNotTooBlack: Think Music/{{Eminem}} in the mid-1950's. It's the primary reason why Presley is considered the "King of Rock and Roll." Being considered a pale imitation (don't excuse the pun) of the black singers who originated Rock and Roll would be an understatement.
** He's considered the MightyWhitey of Rock and Roll to many.
** Elvis ''himself'' seemed to believe this. He was once heard to lament that he couldn't sing as well as Music/FatsDomino, but people would only listen to him anyway. He insisted that Domino was the ''real'' King of Rock and Roll.

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* ButNotTooBlack: Think Music/{{Eminem}} in the mid-1950's. It's the primary reason why Presley is considered the "King of Rock and Roll." Being considered a pale imitation (don't excuse the pun) of the black singers who originated Rock and Roll would be an understatement.
** He's considered the MightyWhitey of Rock and Roll to many.
**
Elvis ''himself'' seemed to believe this.this trope was in effect for his music. His lighter skin tone "allowed" many people to listen to him as a talented singer, while dark-skinned contemporaries were shunned. He was once heard to lament that he couldn't sing as well as Music/FatsDomino, but people would only listen to him anyway. He Elvis insisted that Domino was the ''real'' King of Rock and Roll.



* CoolPlane: He had a Convair 880 converted to his personal use and named it "Lisa Marie" after his daughter.



* CoveredUp: Elvis often covered other early rock/rhythm & blues singers songs (especially by African-American artists), though usually his version was charted higher.

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* CoveredUp: Elvis often covered other early rock/rhythm & blues singers songs (especially by African-American artists), though usually [[ButNotTooBlack his version was charted higher.higher]].



* DownerEnding: His death from years of drug abuse at age 42.
** Some believe he died due to a problem with [[NobodyPoops constipation]] and if he had gotten a surgery that would have taken care of that, he would have lived considerably longer despite the drug abuse.
** It was worse than constipation. Poor Elvis (likely) suffered from [[http://www.emergingsolutionsinpain.com/knowledge-center/expert-commentary/310-commentary2008-05-02brookoff Hershprung's disease]], which caused a distended bowel. Imagine Elvis carting around a colostomy bag.



* FirstNameBasis: You can go anywhere in the English-speaking world (and even in some places where they don't speak English) and say "Elvis", and they know who you mean.
** By the start of the 1960's, Creator/RCARecords had pretty much stopped putting the name "Presley" on Elvis' album and singles sleeves.

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* FirstNameBasis: You can go anywhere in the English-speaking world (and even in some places where they don't speak English) and say "Elvis", and they know who you mean.
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mean. By the start of the 1960's, Creator/RCARecords had pretty much stopped putting the name "Presley" on Elvis' album and singles sleeves.



* GoodLookingPrivates: Served a tour in the US Army.



* HotBloodedSideburns: Grew an impressive pair in the late Sixties.



* NiceGuy: He was known to friends, fans and strangers for his extremely generous and kind-hearted personality. This included often giving away objects to people who liked them (Including his cars,) being a big and open supporter of Civil Rights and admiring UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr and getting UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli a robe that read "The People's Champion" when most of his market was in the South, purchasing an electric wheelchair for an impoverished East Memphis woman and giving her daughter his car, and being fiercely proud of his Cherokee ancestry at a time when racial tensions with Native Americans were still high.



* RearrangeTheSong: Elvis Vs JXL's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSkDQYe2FYw "A Little Less Conversation"]]

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* RearrangeTheSong: RearrangeTheSong:
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Elvis Vs JXL's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSkDQYe2FYw "A Little Less Conversation"]]



** Most recently, we got Elvis songs mixed with the orchestration of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with the album ''If I Can Dream.''

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** Most recently, we got Elvis songs mixed with the orchestration of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with the album ''If I Can Dream.''



* ShootTheTelevision: Elvis is, at least, the TropeCodifier, if not the [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]]. He was known for doing this at least once, possibly ''many'' times. Several stories and explanations of Elvis doing this exist, some less true than others. He's rumoured to have kept a basement full of spare TV's so he would always have a fresh set handy after destroying another one. One television set shot by Elvis [[http://www.getreligion.org/wp-content/photos/2009/12/elvis-shot-up-tv-792381.jpg is on public display at Graceland.]]



* TooHotForTV: When Elvis appeared on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'', the cameras kept trying to censor his waist by aiming up or doing close-ups of his face, due to the effect his gyrations were having on female audience members. (And thus, presumably, any teenage girls tuning in.)

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* TooHotForTV: TooHotForTV:
**
When Elvis appeared on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'', the cameras kept trying to censor his waist by aiming up or doing close-ups of his face, due to the effect his gyrations were having on female audience members. (And thus, presumably, any teenage girls tuning in.)



* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Also, bacon. Sometimes both at once.
** Heck, [[BigEater all three at once]].
** [[BaconAddiction Bacon, in general]], was something he liked most of all, mainly because it was a luxury his mother couldn't afford when he was a child. As an adult, he was known to keep a large plate of it on his piano to eat while practising.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Colonel Tom Parker. He made a lot of money for Elvis, but overworked and overexposed him, locked him into bad contracts with film studios and RCA, had almost no regard for Elvis' artistic credibility, banished anyone who questioned his management tactics, and generally seemed like he was secretly trying to sabotage Elvis. Also, he was a ManipulativeBastard who turned out to have a DarkAndTroubledPast.
* UnclePennybags: As noted under NiceGuy above, Elvis was ''very'' generous and prodigal, and he loved showing off his wealth. One TV host commented on his generosity and added that he wished Elvis could get him a new car. He meant it as a joke, of course, but guess what Elvis had brought to his house the next morning...
* UndignifiedDeath: A common belief about his death is that he died while on the toilet. In truth, he was found unresponsive on the floor of his bathroom, so while it is ''possible'' he died and then fell off the commode, it is not a certainty.
** He is also rumoured to have died of a heart attack brought on by straining to relieve impossibly constipated bowels (see BigEater, above, though he was also known to have suffered from a twisted colon). In reality, one of the signs of an impending heart attack is a loosening of the bowels, which makes many victims run to the toilet.



''Elvis... has left the trope page.''

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''Elvis... has left the trope page.''
17th Aug '17 5:17:38 PM Ezclee4050
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* TreacherousAdvisor: Colonel Tom Parker.

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* TreacherousAdvisor: Colonel Tom Parker. He made a lot of money for Elvis, but overworked and overexposed him, locked him into bad contracts with film studios and RCA, had almost no regard for Elvis' artistic credibility, banished anyone who questioned his management tactics, and generally seemed like he was secretly trying to sabotage Elvis. Also, he was a ManipulativeBastard who turned out to have a DarkAndTroubledPast.
10th Aug '17 7:05:22 AM jamespolk
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* ChronicallyKilledActor: ''Super''averted - his mother was so upset when Elvis' character was killed off in his first movie ''Love Me Tender'' that he made sure it never happened again. (Speaking of things that never happened again, it was his only movie where he ''didn't'' have top billing.)
10th Aug '17 6:31:07 AM jamespolk
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* 1956 - ''[[Music/ElvisPresleyTheAlbum Elvis Presley]]''

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* 1956 - ''[[Music/ElvisPresleyTheAlbum Elvis Presley]]''''Music/ElvisPresleyTheAlbum''



* 1976 - ''Music/TheSunSessions''



!!You ain't nothin' but a {{Trope Namer|s}}, just cryin' all the time...

* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet
* ElvishPresley
* ElvisImpersonator
* ElvisLives

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!!You ain't nothin' but a {{Trope Namer|s}}, just cryin' all the time...

!! Films starring Elvis Presley:
* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet
''Film/JailhouseRock'' (1957)
* ElvishPresley
''Film/BlueHawaii'' (1961)
* ElvisImpersonator
* ElvisLives
''Viva Las Vegas'' (1964)


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!! Films about Elvis Presley:
* ''Film/BubbaHoTep'' (2002): A comedy implying Elvis is still alive.
* ''Film/ElvisFoundAlive'' (2012): A mockumentary about Elvis who supposedly faked his death.

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!! People associated with Elvis Presley:
* Colonel Parker
* Music/SamPhillips

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!!You ain't nothin' but a {{Trope Namer|s}}, just cryin' all the time...

* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet
* ElvishPresley
* ElvisImpersonator
* ElvisLives

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4th Aug '17 10:38:22 PM wyattte
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** He ''hated'' tabloids, and wasn't shy about ranting on-stage about them.

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** He ''hated'' ''really'' hated tabloids, and wasn't shy about ranting on-stage about them.
4th Aug '17 10:33:32 PM wyattte
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** According to ShootTheTelevision, he apparently had a bias against cathode ray tubes.
*** And Robert Goulet within.

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** According to ShootTheTelevision, he apparently had a bias against cathode ray tubes.
***
tubes. And Robert Goulet within.within.
** He ''hated'' tabloids, and wasn't shy about ranting on-stage about them.



* TheFifties: For better or for worse, his was possibly the most famous face of the decade.



* LiveAlbum: Nine, starting with 1968's ''Music/ElvisNBCTVSpecial''. The worst one is arguably ''Music/HavingFunWithElvisOnStage'', which is just a collection of Elvis talking to the audience during concerts, but devoid of any context, making listeners at home wonder what the hell is going on.

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* LighterAndSofter: The movie years in the 1960s wound up being this for his music, which became more about pop crossovers and novelties than the big rock numbers that made his name. Elvis eventually got fed up and revived his career.
* LiveAlbum: Nine, starting with 1968's ''Music/ElvisNBCTVSpecial''. The worst one most infamous is arguably ''Music/HavingFunWithElvisOnStage'', which is just a collection of Elvis talking to the audience during concerts, but devoid of any context, or even songs, making listeners at home wonder what the hell is going on.


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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: He never really went harder than a 4, but for the 1950s, his music was pretty intense.
31st Jul '17 4:57:55 PM wyattte
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* EvenTheGuysWantHim: A famous quote from TV director Steve Binder (who oversaw the Comeback Special):
-->'''Binder:''' I'm straight as an arrow and I got to tell you, you stop, whether you're male or female, to look at him. He was that good looking.



* GenreRoulette: Elvis detractors are quick to point out that Elvis wasn't any sort of rock & roll innovator like, say, Music/ChuckBerry, but Elvis did have something that many of his contemporaries (besides maybe Music/BuddyHolly) didn't, which was a rich, diverse body of work filled with a multitude of styles: rockabilly, country, show tunes, traditional pop, gospel, bossa nova, and even some Hawaiian flavor, all given the same passion and gusto.



* MinisculeRocking: His first hit, "That's All Right" doesn't even hit the two-minute mark.



* {{Rockabilly}}: Elvis is seen as one of the earliest singers in this genre and popularized it.
* RockAndRoll: He is often considered to be the "King" of the genre.

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* {{Rockabilly}}: Elvis is seen as one of the earliest singers in this genre and [[GenrePopularizer popularized it.
it.]]
* RockAndRoll: He is often considered to be the "King" of the genre. Elvis insisted the real king of rock and roll was Music/FatsDomino.
28th Jun '17 5:36:22 PM nombretomado
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* SpringtimeForHitler: According to TheOtherWiki, Elvis did not want to re-record Ernest Tubb's hit, "Blue Christmas", and after much arguing, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millie_Kirkham#Career deliberately sabotaged his recording]] by singing it in the silliest way possible with the worst backing vocals ever; he instructed the singers and backing musicians to just have fun. The single still shot up to #1 and is still a Christmas favourite.

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* SpringtimeForHitler: According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Elvis did not want to re-record Ernest Tubb's hit, "Blue Christmas", and after much arguing, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millie_Kirkham#Career deliberately sabotaged his recording]] by singing it in the silliest way possible with the worst backing vocals ever; he instructed the singers and backing musicians to just have fun. The single still shot up to #1 and is still a Christmas favourite.
13th Jun '17 6:53:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** He had a love of all other forms of SatiatingSandwich, particularly if it could in any way, shape, or form be combined with [[DeepFriedWhatever deep-frying]]. For this reason, he ''loved'' the Monte Cristo: Some combination of bacon, turkey, and ham, with Swiss cheese, battered and deep-fried -- with a bit of jam and powdered sugar on top. when asked by [[Creator/AndyKaufman Bob Zmuda]] in the late '70s whether the King was still alive, Elvis' personal aide replied, "No one can eat that many Monte Cristo sandwiches a day and live."

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** He had a love of all other forms of SatiatingSandwich, particularly if it could in any way, shape, or form be combined with [[DeepFriedWhatever deep-frying]]. For this reason, he ''loved'' the Monte Cristo: Some combination of bacon, turkey, and ham, with Swiss cheese, battered and deep-fried -- with a bit of jam and powdered sugar on top. when When asked by [[Creator/AndyKaufman Bob Zmuda]] in the late '70s whether the King was still alive, Elvis' personal aide replied, "No one can eat that many Monte Cristo sandwiches a day and live."
5th Apr '17 7:42:49 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Thank you. ''Thankyaverymuch''."]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:"Thank you. ''Thankyaverymuch''."]]
[[caption-width-right:320:''"Thank ya. Thankyaverymuch"''.]]
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