History Trivia / ElvisPresley

15th Mar '18 2:43:41 PM TheSaddleman
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** According to the book ''Elvis: The Illustrated Record'', a number of top songwriters of the 1970s, including no less than Music/BruceSpringsteen and Music/JohnLennon, were on record as offering to write songs for Elvis, but there's no indication of their offers ever being taken up.

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** According to the book ''Elvis: The Illustrated Record'', a number of top songwriters of the 1970s, including no less than Music/BruceSpringsteen and Music/JohnLennon, were on record as offering to write songs for Elvis, but there's no indication of their offers ever being taken up.up.
** Also according ''Elvis: The Illustrated Record'', Elvis at one point wanted to record albums devoted to the music of Hank Williams and Chuck Berry, but the idea was vetoed.
15th Mar '18 2:42:35 PM TheSaddleman
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** With all of his issues later in his life, he wasn't very motivated to go to recording studios (he even recorded his final two albums at Graceland), so to help cover his contracts he started releasing a bunch of live albums.

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** With all of his issues later in his life, he wasn't very motivated to go to recording studios (he even recorded his final two albums at Graceland), so to help cover his contracts he started releasing his producers were forced to release live albums, or pad incomplete studio albums with live recordings. The final album released in his lifetime, ''Moody Blue'', is an example of this, being a bunch mix of live albums.and studio recordings.



** Memphis [[ProfessionalWrestling wrestling legend]] Wrestling/JerryLawler wrote in his book ''It's Good To Be The King... Sometimes'' about how he almost managed to get Elvis involved with Memphis Wrestling in some capacity, and even got to speak with his father, Vernon Presley, on the phone to iron out some details about it. Unfortunately, this was 1977, and we all know what kind of condition Elvis was in by then - in fact, a few weeks after that phone call, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Memphis was down a King.]]

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** Memphis [[ProfessionalWrestling wrestling legend]] Wrestling/JerryLawler wrote in his book ''It's Good To Be The King... Sometimes'' about how he almost managed to get Elvis involved with Memphis Wrestling in some capacity, and even got to speak with his father, Vernon Presley, on the phone to iron out some details about it. Unfortunately, this was 1977, and we all know what kind of condition Elvis was in by then - in fact, a few weeks after that phone call, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Memphis was down a King.]]]]
** In October 1958, Bill Haley and the Comets toured Germany. Elvis attended at least two of the concerts (one in uniform, the other in civilian clothes) and there was talk of him doing a number or two with Haley, but owing to the riots and other violence already plaguing Haley's performances, it was decided this was too risky.
** According to the book ''Elvis: The Illustrated Record'', a number of top songwriters of the 1970s, including no less than Music/BruceSpringsteen and Music/JohnLennon, were on record as offering to write songs for Elvis, but there's no indication of their offers ever being taken up.
15th Mar '18 1:59:24 PM TheSaddleman
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* BreakthroughHit: In 1955, he was charting only on the country chart with songs like "Mystery Train" and "That's Alright, Mama", and at the end of the year was climbing the charts with his first No. 1 country hit, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget". All of those titles were for the Sun Records label legendary performances to be sure from the King of Rock and Roll. But then he signed with RCA in 1956, released a cover of a Mae Axton-penned tune called "Heartbreak Hotel" and his career broke wide (and it really is '''''WIDE''''') open.

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* BreakthroughHit: In 1955, he was charting only on the country chart with songs like "Mystery Train" and "That's Alright, Mama", and at the end of the year was climbing the charts with his first No. 1 country hit, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget". All of those titles were for the Sun Records label legendary performances to be sure from the King of Rock and Roll.Roll, but still relatively niche. But then he signed with RCA in 1956, released a cover of a Mae Axton-penned tune called "Heartbreak Hotel" and his career broke wide (and it really is '''''WIDE''''') open.



* CreatorBacklash: Presley grew to hate the movies he was starring in (several sources such as the documentary ''This is Elvis'' suggest he even got physically ill from them at one point), and certainly you can scour Elvis' live performances from 1969 to 1977 and except for one or two exceptions that became regular parts of his act you'll find very few performances of movie songs from the post-1960 era.
** MagnumOpusDissonance: Elvis greatly preferred his gospel recordings to his more popular records (As did the Grammys).

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* CreatorBacklash: Presley grew to hate the movies he was starring in (several sources such as the documentary ''This is Elvis'' suggest he even got physically ill from them at one point), and certainly you can scour Elvis' live performances from 1969 to 1977 and except for one or two exceptions that became regular parts of his act (most notably his sign-off, "Can't Help Falling in Love") you'll find very few performances of movie songs from the post-1960 era.
** MagnumOpusDissonance: Elvis greatly preferred his gospel recordings to his more popular records (As (as did the Grammys).Grammys; during his lifetime the only Grammys he won were for spiritual performances).



** Among Elvis' filmography is the 1969 Western ''Charro!'', the only film Elvis appears in where he does ''not'' sing (except in the opening credits); has a full beard; and also has a very brief [[MrFanservice nude scene from behind]]. It was Elvis's attempt to break into serious acting, and was the least successful of his films.[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocre, poorly-paced script.[[/note]]
** While his name appeared in some of his early songwriting credits as part of publishing deals, it was well-known that he didn't really write them and he's always had a reputation for not actually writing songs. But in fact he did record two songs at the start of TheSixties that he genuinely helped write: "That's Someone You Never Forget" (co-written with old school buddy/bodyguard Red West) and "You'll Be Gone" (co-written with West and longtime {{Foil}} Charlie Hodge).

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** Among Elvis' filmography is the 1969 Western ''Charro!'', the only film Elvis appears in where he does ''not'' sing (except in the opening credits); has a full beard; and also has a very brief [[MrFanservice nude scene from behind]]. It was Elvis's attempt to break into serious acting, and was the least successful of his films.[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocre, poorly-paced script.script that was looked up as an attempt at replicating the then-popular ''Creator/ClintEastwood'' "spaghetti western" genre.[[/note]]
** While his name appeared in some of his early songwriting credits as part of publishing deals, it was well-known that he didn't really write them and he's always had a reputation for not actually writing songs. But in fact he did record two songs at the start of TheSixties that he genuinely helped write: "That's Someone You Never Forget" (co-written with old school buddy/bodyguard Red West) and "You'll Be Gone" (co-written with West and longtime {{Foil}} Charlie Hodge). After his death, a third song - the only one to credit Elvis as sole songwriter - was found in a studio outtake, the jam session "I Didn't Make it on Playing Guitar" (though the song title is the extent of the tune's lyrics).


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** He was also a noted fan of a number of popular contemporaries; for example, he was a member of the Bill Haley International Fan Club at one point.
28th Jan '18 2:31:48 PM Ezclee4050
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* ContractualObligationProject:
** Basically every movie he did after ''Viva Las Vegas'' counts. Colonel Tom Parker worked out a deal with MGM to have a new film in theaters every few months, without much concern for quality. Eventually they just gave up on doing narrative films and his final two movies were [[ConcertFilm Concert Films]].
** When he renegotiated his contract with RCA in 1971, they demanded that he record a [[ChristmasSongs Christmas album]] and a GospelMusic album, since his previous efforts in those genres had been big long-term sellers for them. He obliged them with ''Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas'' and ''He Touched Me'' (the latter ended up winning him a Grammy).
** With all of his issues later in his life, he wasn't very motivated to go to recording studios (he even recorded his final two albums at Graceland), so to help cover his contracts he started releasing a bunch of live albums.
26th Nov '17 12:54:03 PM ClintEastwood
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* 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 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 TrademarkFavouriteFood, fried peanut butter & banana sandwiches.
** 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 practicing.
* 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.



* BreakthroughHit: "Heartbreak Hotel".

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* BreakthroughHit: In 1955, he was charting only on the country chart with songs like "Mystery Train" and "That's Alright, Mama", and at the end of the year was climbing the charts with his first No. 1 country hit, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget". All of those titles were for the Sun Records label legendary performances to be sure from the King of Rock and Roll. But then he signed with RCA in 1956, released a cover of a Mae Axton-penned tune called "Heartbreak Hotel".Hotel" and his career broke wide (and it really is '''''WIDE''''') open.



* FanNickname: The lesser-known "Elvis the Pelvis", among others.
** Might've been used as a detractor nickname, too. Elvis notably disliked the nickname, saying something along the lines of "I can't fathom what sort of adult would come up with that" in an interview (which can be viewed in Graceland, Memphis, if you take a tour of the estate as it is).
** Despite the official name ''Elvis'' or the ''[[Music/ElvisNBCTVSpecial Elvis NBC TV Special]]'' Elvis' 1968 concert is widely known as ''The Elvis '68 Comeback Special''.



* FanNickname: The lesser-known "Elvis the Pelvis", among others.
** Might've been used as a detractor nickname, too. Elvis notably disliked the nickname, saying something along the lines of "I can't fathom what sort of adult would come up with that" in an interview (which can be viewed in Graceland, Memphis, if you take a tour of the estate as it is).
** Despite the official name ''Elvis'' or the ''[[Music/ElvisNBCTVSpecial Elvis NBC TV Special]]'' Elvis' 1968 concert is widely known as ''The Elvis '68 Comeback Special''.



** Perhaps the biggest was Elvis getting offered the role of Tony in WestSideStory. Granted Elvis wasn't a Broadway singer, but there's a good chance he wouldn't have had to have been dubbed like Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood were. And Elvis literally playing a modern day Romeo? A role like that was made for him.

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** Perhaps the biggest was Elvis getting offered the role of Tony in WestSideStory. ''Film/WestSideStory''. Granted Elvis wasn't a Broadway singer, but there's a good chance he wouldn't have had to have been dubbed like Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood Creator/NatalieWood were. And Elvis literally playing a modern day Romeo? A role like that was made for him.
14th Nov '17 5:30:09 PM wyattte
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* 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 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 TrademarkFavouriteFood, fried peanut butter & banana sandwiches.
** 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 practicing.
* 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.


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* 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.]] And all this because he held a grudge against - of all people - Robert Goulet. From Elvis' buddy, Marty Lacker:
-->'''Marty Lacker:''' Elvis harbored some bad feelings about Goulet from back in the late 50's when he was in the army. Elvis' girlfriend Anita Wood was a singer and she did shows with Goulet and Buddy Hackett. Anita would often write Elvis in Germany and one time Goulet added a post script to one of them telling Elvis in a sly way that he was personally taking care of Anita. Elvis didn't like that and he never forgot so when he saw Goulet on TV, he shot the TV out.
3rd Oct '17 7:53:45 PM DVB
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* OneOfUs: Elvis was a comicbook fan, and his iconic Vegas outfit was based on [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel Jr.'s]] costume. In return, many modern writers make Freddy Freeman/Captain Marvel Jr. an Elvis fan.

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* OneOfUs: Elvis was a comicbook fan, and his iconic Vegas outfit was based on [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel Jr.'s]] costume.costume, his favorite character. In return, many modern writers make Freddy Freeman/Captain Marvel Jr. an Elvis fan.
17th Aug '17 5:30:05 PM Ezclee4050
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* HeAlsoDid: Among Elvis' filmography is the 1969 Western ''Charro!'', the only film Elvis appears in where he does ''not'' sing (except in the opening credits); has a full beard; and also has a very brief [[MrFanservice nude scene from behind]]. It was Elvis's attempt to break into serious acting, and was the least successful of his films.[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocre, poorly-paced script.[[/note]]

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Among Elvis' filmography is the 1969 Western ''Charro!'', the only film Elvis appears in where he does ''not'' sing (except in the opening credits); has a full beard; and also has a very brief [[MrFanservice nude scene from behind]]. It was Elvis's attempt to break into serious acting, and was the least successful of his films.[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocre, poorly-paced script.[[/note]][[/note]]
** While his name appeared in some of his early songwriting credits as part of publishing deals, it was well-known that he didn't really write them and he's always had a reputation for not actually writing songs. But in fact he did record two songs at the start of TheSixties that he genuinely helped write: "That's Someone You Never Forget" (co-written with old school buddy/bodyguard Red West) and "You'll Be Gone" (co-written with West and longtime {{Foil}} Charlie Hodge).
14th Aug '17 5:53:22 PM SPBurke
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** Perhaps the biggest was Elvis getting offered the role of Tony in WestSideStory. Granted Elvis wasn't a Broadway singer, but there's a good chance he wouldn't have had to have been dubbed like Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood were. And Elvis literally playing a modern day Romeo? A role like that was made for him.
7th Jun '17 2:11:46 AM AmuckCricetine
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* BreakthroughHit: "Heartbreak Hotel".
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