History Trivia / ElvisPresley

3rd May '16 10:51:47 PM ultimomant
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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.
16th Feb '16 4:37:35 AM wyattte
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** According to Music/MeatLoaf, Elvis Presley was being considered to play the role of Eddie in the film adaptation of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.

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** According to Music/MeatLoaf, Elvis Presley was being considered to play the role of Eddie in the film adaptation of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
** 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.]]
12th Feb '16 11:19:45 AM MarkLungo
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** When Music/SamPhillips decided to sell Elvis's contract in 1955, Atlantic Records entered into the bidding for him. Atlantic bid $30,000, but was outbid by RCA Victor who paid $40,000. Atlantic vice president Jerry Wexler loved Elvis's singing and bid aggressively, although he later admitted he didn't know how Atlantic could have raised the $30,000 if their offer had been accepted. Atlantic president Ahmet Ertegun later noted, ironically, that David Sarnoff, president of RCA Victor's corporate parent, Radio Corporation of America, had previously been extensively quoted in ''Variety'' magazine as damning rock and roll and R&B music as immoral, and only stopped after Elvis was signed.

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** When Music/SamPhillips decided to sell Elvis's contract in 1955, Atlantic Records entered into the bidding for him. Atlantic bid $30,000, but was outbid by [[Creator/RCARecords RCA Victor Victor]] who paid $40,000. Atlantic vice president Jerry Wexler loved Elvis's singing and bid aggressively, although he later admitted he didn't know how Atlantic could have raised the $30,000 if their offer had been accepted. Atlantic president Ahmet Ertegun later noted, ironically, that David Sarnoff, president of RCA Victor's corporate parent, Radio Corporation of America, had previously been extensively quoted in ''Variety'' magazine as damning rock and roll and R&B music as immoral, and only stopped after Elvis was signed.
7th Feb '16 2:54:07 AM YT45
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* BigNameFan: Of the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover in specific. Doubly ironic because at the time Hoover was investigating Elvis as a possible subversive.

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* BigNameFan: Of the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover in specific. Doubly ironic Ironic because at the time Hoover was investigating Elvis as a possible subversive.subversive. Doubly ironic that they would have that suspicion of Elvis, who ''bled'' Red, White, and Blue. But that was J. Edgar for you.
7th Dec '15 9:09:59 AM JamesAustin
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Elvis never toured outside of the US (except briefly in Canada in 1957), mainly because his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (real name: Andreas van Kuijk) was an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands and couldn't get a passport.
** More like a case of CriticalResearchFailure on Parker's part: he had served in the US Army and was married to an American citizen. Parker could have applied for legal citizenship at any time based on either of those two factors. Maintaining his Dutch citizenship, however, did prove advantageous to him in avoiding legal trouble.
*** According to Parker's biographer, it's possible that he fled The Netherlands because of a DarkAndTroubledPast and was fearful of having his true identity revealed.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Elvis never toured outside of the US (except briefly in Canada in 1957), mainly because his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (real name: Andreas van Kuijk) was an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands and couldn't get a passport.
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passport. Ironically, this seems a case of CriticalResearchFailure on Parker's part: he had served in the US Army and was married to an American citizen. Parker could have applied for legal citizenship at any time based on either of those two factors. Maintaining factors (maintaining his Dutch citizenship, however, did prove advantageous to him in avoiding legal trouble.
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trouble.) However, according to Parker's biographer, it's possible that he fled The the Netherlands because of a DarkAndTroubledPast and was fearful of having his true identity revealed.



*** Let's just say all of Elvis' film career is a WCHB. He demonstrated a great sense of humor and comedic timing that could have made him a big comedy star, but Parker killed any potential acting career.
**** It can't have helped that the Western ''Flaming Star'', one of the few movies he made where music was on the backburner, was a box office disappointment (though considered one of his best screen turns).

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*** Let's ** Besides the ''A Star Is Born'' example above, let's just say all of Elvis' film career is a WCHB. He demonstrated a great sense of humor and comedic timing that could have made him a big comedy star, but Parker killed any potential acting career.
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career. It can't have helped that the Western ''Flaming Star'', one of the few movies he made where music was on the backburner, was a box office disappointment (though considered one of his best screen turns).
11th Aug '15 1:34:41 PM Snarf
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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 (although it still made a profit).[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocore, poorly-paced script.[[/note]]

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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 (although it still made a profit).films.[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocore, poorly-paced script.[[/note]]
11th Aug '15 1:33:39 PM Snarf
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* HeAlsoDid: Among Elvis' filmography is the 1969 Western ''Charro!'', the only film Elvis appears in where he does ''not'' sing, has a full beard, and 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 (although it still made a profit).[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocore, poorly-paced script.[[/note]]

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* HeAlsoDid: Among Elvis' filmography is the 1969 Western ''Charro!'', the only film Elvis appears in where he does ''not'' sing, sing (except in the opening credits); has a full beard, 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 (although it still made a profit).[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocore, poorly-paced script.[[/note]]
11th Aug '15 1:30:54 PM Snarf
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* HeAlsoDid: Among Elvis' filmography is the 1969 Western ''Charro!'', the only film Elvis appears in where he does ''not'' sing, has a full beard, and 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 (although it still made a profit).[[note]]Although critics at the time noted that Elvis was not to blame; he put a strong performance into a mediocore, poorly-paced script.[[/note]]
5th Aug '15 7:10:29 PM KoopaKid17
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* BigNameFan: Of the FBI and UsefulNotes/JEdgarHoover in specific. Doubly ironic because at the time Hoover was investigating Elvis as a possible subversive.

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* BigNameFan: Of the FBI and UsefulNotes/JEdgarHoover J. Edgar Hoover in specific. Doubly ironic because at the time Hoover was investigating Elvis as a possible subversive.
16th Apr '15 6:19:00 PM glickmam
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** When Creator/SamPhillips decided to sell Elvis's contract in 1955, Atlantic Records entered into the bidding for him. Atlantic bid $30,000, but was outbid by RCA Victor who paid $40,000. Atlantic vice president Jerry Wexler loved Elvis's singing and bid aggressively, although he later admitted he didn't know how Atlantic could have raised the $30,000 if their offer had been accepted.

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** When Creator/SamPhillips Music/SamPhillips decided to sell Elvis's contract in 1955, Atlantic Records entered into the bidding for him. Atlantic bid $30,000, but was outbid by RCA Victor who paid $40,000. Atlantic vice president Jerry Wexler loved Elvis's singing and bid aggressively, although he later admitted he didn't know how Atlantic could have raised the $30,000 if their offer had been accepted. Atlantic president Ahmet Ertegun later noted, ironically, that David Sarnoff, president of RCA Victor's corporate parent, Radio Corporation of America, had previously been extensively quoted in ''Variety'' magazine as damning rock and roll and R&B music as immoral, and only stopped after Elvis was signed.
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