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Trivia / Elvis Presley

  • Big Name Fan: Of the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover in specific. Ironic because at the time Hoover was investigating Elvis as a possible subversive. Doubly ironic that they would have that suspicion of Elvis, who bled Red, White, and Blue. But that was J. Edgar for you.
  • Creator Backlash: 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.
    • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Elvis greatly preferred his gospel recordings to his more popular records (As did the Grammys).
  • He Also Did: 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 nude scene from behind. It was Elvis's attempt to break into serious acting, and was the least successful of his films.note 
  • Fan Nickname: 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 Elvis NBC TV Special Elvis' 1968 concert is widely known as The Elvis '68 Comeback Special.
  • One of Us: Elvis was a comicbook fan, and his iconic Vegas outfit was based on Captain Marvel Jr.'s costume. In return, many modern writers make Freddy Freeman/Captain Marvel Jr. an Elvis fan.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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. Ironically, this seems a case of Critical Research Failure 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.) However, according to Parker's biographer, it's possible that he fled the Netherlands because of a Dark and Troubled Past and was fearful of having his true identity revealed.
    • Barbra Streisand wanted Elvis to star with her in her remake of A Star Is Born but Col. Parker nixed it, insisting Elvis get top billing and a huge amount of money. Kris Kristofferson got the role instead.
    • 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. 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).
    • When Sam Phillips 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.
    • According to Meat Loaf, Elvis Presley was being considered to play the role of Eddie in the film adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    • Memphis wrestling legend Jerry Lawler 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, Memphis was down a King.