You may well know that Elvis Presley was nicknamed “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, or that he released numerous hits including “Hound Dog”, “Heartbreak Hotel” and “All Shook Up”. Today we’re taking a look at some less famous facts about The King which we bet you never knew!
1. Elvis was 6 feet tall and wore a size 11 shoe.
2. His first public performance was at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy show, where he sang dressed as a cowboy at just 10 years old.
3. Elvis got his first guitar at age 11.
4. At High School, Elvis’ music teacher told him he had “no aptitude for singing”, he failed the subject and never learned to read music, playing everything by ear.
5. Elvis had 18 number 1’s and 38 top 10 hits in the USA.
6. Elvis was a black belt in Karate and was promoted to an honorary 8th degree black belt in 1974.
7. He recorded 15 songs with the word “blue” in the title.
8. Elvis’ favourite sandwich was peanut butter, banana, bacon and honey.
9. Elvis wasn’t just a musician, he also made 31 movies in his career including “Love Me Tender” and “Viva Las Vegas”.
10. In 1954, just two years before his big break, Elvis auditioned for an amateur gospel quartet called the Songfellows who turned him down.
11. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Elvis at the age of 36.
12. Elvis Presley is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, having sold around 600 million records.
Buy your tickets now to see many Elvis Presley classics in Million Dollar Quartet including “Hound Dog”, “Long Tall Sally” and “That’s All Right”.