Only a super-fan would know all 10 of these unusual facts.
By: Legacy Staff
3 years ago
Although the bright spotlight of fame illuminated Elvis Presley’s life, certain things were left in the shadows. You might think you know all there is to know about the King, but only a super-fan would know all 10 of these unusual facts.
Presley was the sixth cousin once removed of President Jimmy Carter. Both were descended from a German immigrant named Valentine Pressler who had come to New York in 1709.
Perhaps due to the influence of his manager Col. Tom Parker (who was an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands and didn't want any extra attention from the IRS), Presley often refused to take advantage of tax deductions and typically overpaid his income tax bill.
According to his cook, Mary Jenkins Langston, the rumor that Presley liked burnt bacon sandwiches is untrue. "He liked his bacon very crisp," she corrected.
Some guests who were visiting Presley told him about a sandwich from their hometown and he became curious to try it. The party boarded his private jet and flew from Memphis to Denver, where the sandwiches were delivered to the hangar at 1:40 AM. Known as a Fool's Gold Loaf, the sandwich consisted of peanut butter, jelly and a pound of bacon stuffed inside a hollowed loaf of French bread.
Although his black pompadour is iconic, it wasn't natural. He was born with blonde hair that eventually darkened to a medium brown. He began dying his hair black as a teenager to toughen up his image.
Introduced to Karate after he was drafted into the Army, Presley enthusiastically studied the martial art, achieving black belt status in 1960. He was a student of the style known as American Kenpo and eventually attained an 8th degree black belt in 1974.
Despite recording over 600 songs during his career and often receiving co-writing credit on many of them, Presley’s true strength was in performing, not songwriting. Most of his involvement was adding an occasional word or phrase, but sometimes it was simply a business arrangement in exchange for recording a new writer's song.
According to his music teacher, the young Mr. Presley had no aptitude for singing. He responded by bringing a guitar to school the next day and singing the recent hit, "Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me." It didn't change her opinion.
Quoted as having a preference for "rugged sports" like boxing and karate, Presley claimed to love football most of all. On Sundays his three televisions would all be tuned to NFL games. He also frequently received game films directly from teams and pro-football pals.
According to Presley's former agent Byron Raphael, the two greatest icons of the 1950s had one date at the height of their fame. When he asked Elvis about Monroe a few days later, the King replied, "She's a nice gal, but a little tall for me."
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