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20 Little Known Facts About Elvis Presley

Here are twenty trivial facts concerning the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley

We all know him as the indisputable King of Rock and Roll, the singer of timeless songs such as Love Me Tender, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog and more. How much do you know about Elvis Presley? Below are twenty trivial facts about the late King of Rock and Roll:

1. Elvis once had a pet chimpanzee by the name of Scatter, who was known to relish on booze and wreak havoc. It died in the late 1960s.

2. Friends Elvis Presley and actor-singer Johnny Cash would sometimes impersonate each other.

3. Elvis once gave world renowned boxer Muhammad Ali in February 14 1973 before the fight with Joe Bugner and behind it emblazoned the words 'The People's Champion'.

4. The two favourite sports of the King of Rock and Roll are racquetball and football.

5. During his time in high school, Elvis Presley's favourite subject was wood shop.

6. On January 30, 1964, Elvis Presley purchased from President Franklin Roosevelt the Potomac, the former presidential yacht for $55,000.

7. On his eleventh birthday, Elvis Presley received a guitar as a gift instead of a bike which he was hoping for.

8. Elvis was known affectionately as his first initial 'E' by band members and some of his family members.

9. Elvis had a collection of Joan of Arc and Venus de Milo's statues.

10. In his Graceland home, Elvis had at his disposal 18 televisions, subsuming one above his bed.

11. What was most notable about Elvis as well is the fact that not only did he collect Cadillacs, Elvis was also known for giving away them to band members, bodyguards, his personal doctor and even complete strangers.

12. Those who were once close to Elvis had the utmost fortune of receiving pairing diamond and gold necklaces bearing a thunderbolt from him.

13. Elvis once had a personal cook by the name of Alvena Roy, who was the main contributor to 'Fit for a King -The Elvis Presley Cookbook' which contains more than 300 of Elvis's favourite dishes.

14. Two of Elvis's favourite reads were the Holy Bible and The Impersonal Life.

15. Kurt Russell, who was ten years old then, was paid by Elvis Presley's character to kick him in the shins in a scene in Elvis's 'It Began at the World's Fair', which had been the starting point of Kurt's acting career.

 

16. In December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley met up with President Richard Nixon and gave him a World War II .45-caliber Colt revolver.

17. Elvis once partook in one of those Elvis impersonation contest in a restaurant and instead of first place, he came out third.

18. A fan of Elvis Presley, actor Nicolas Cage built a shrine dedicated to him in his abode and was married to the King's only daughter, also known as the Princess of Rock and Roll, Lisa Marie Presley.

19. Elvis's shoe size was 11D

20. General Douglas MacArthur was idolized by Elvis Presley.

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Comments (12)

Shoot, it's Elvis who gave Muhammad Ali a robe behind which was emblazoned the words 'The People's Champion'...

wow! this is going to be so much fun for me to use...I have a friend that is a big Elvis fan and he thinks he knows all about him, I bet he doesn't know half these facts. He doesn't have a computer so he can't check up himself anyway, I suppose I could just for fun add a few more to the list LOL

Great writing with fantastic images. Great factoidz!

Great post!

Morris Bates

The incredible life of a West Coast Elvis impersonator

Morris Bates' interpretation of Elvis earned him several performances at The Cave, Vancouver's legendary nightspot.

By Tom Hawthorn

Special to The Globe and Mail

VICTORIA

Morris Bates, who turned 60 earlier this month, figures it’s about time he told his story. If he didn’t have the photographic evidence, you might not believe a word of it.

He’s the product of a short-lived summer romance sparked at a cannery along the British Columbia coast. As a teenager, he would learn the women he knew as an aunt was in fact his birth mother, a Shuswap from the Sugar Cane reserve near Williams Lake. He would be in his 40s before being told the identity of his father, a Haida.

Young Morris, who had been sent to high school in the United States, a way of avoiding church-run residential schools, left home in his mid-teens to pursue life as a musician.

In a few short years, he would craft a stage persona that earned him a decade-long gig in Las Vegas.

He was billed as “Morris as Elvis,” his name in neon lights on the Vegas Strip.

He wrapped women in sweaty scarfs, enjoyed their kisses in return, signed autographs and enjoyed the fans’ adulation as though he were the King himself.

An early Elvis tribute artist, he developed a stage show — the first of its kind, he claims — in which the Tennessee Cat was portrayed in the three stages of his career: rocker Elvis, movie Elvis, Vegas Elvis. He was called “the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator.” The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner newspaper declared him to be “the great pretender.”

As one of the Elvii, he toured Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa, and appeared on television as a singing guest of Merv Griffin and Dick Cavett. He became so much a Vegas institution that he was even the subject (or should that be victim?) of a Friars Club roast.

When the white-jumpsuit routine became tired, he tried to re-establish himself as a lounge singer under his own name, only to learn the customers expected ersatz Elvis.

“Even today people don’t know who Morris Bates is, but they know Morris,” he laments. “I built my own hole.”

Show biz was abandoned. After returning to British Columbia, he began promoting a Japanese craze to local bars. He called it “UR the star.” Karaoke proved popular, though he tired of listening to butchered amateur renditions of “Roxanne.”

He eventually became a counsellor working with native youth in the Downtown Eastside. He worked for the Vancouver Police and Native Liaison Society, offering assistance to victims of crime. To his great frustration, he tried to find the whereabouts of women who friends and family had reported missing, including a relative of one of his oldest friends. The remains of some were found on the suburban farm owned by Robert (Willie) Pickton, the convicted serial killer.

These days, Bates conducts tough-love tours of the streets and alleys of the Downtown Eastside, during which youths at-risk get to see the dangers of street life.

“It’s an in-your-face situation,” says Bates, whose voice now is raw and raspy. (“Like Rod Stewart,” he says, happily.”) “The desperation of the street is in evidence. You can smell it. You can see the terror of the street. Some stop what they’re doing and tell the kids, ‘Stay in school.’ Others just don’t care and they keep on shooting up.”

He calls his program “Reality Check for Indigenous People,” which is expressed as R.I.P. with a check mark between the first two letters.

So, let’s recap. A Shuswap from an isolated reserve called Sugar Cane becomes an Elvis impersonator, conquers Vegas and sees the world, returns to his home provinc, where he becomes a street worker who offers assistance to victims of one of the most notorious crimes of the century.

Bates tells his story in a book titled, “Morris as Elvis: Take a Chance on Life,” the subtitle an encouragement to aboriginal youth to avoid the pitfalls of a life of drugs and alcohol.

Written with the assistance of Jim Brown, a veteran author of country-music biographies, Bates memoir is a fascinating, roller-coaster account of an unbelievable life. The writing is ragged in parts, unintentionally echoing a life that has been anything but smooth.

The book is filled with rich anecdotes about his life as a musician, heading a band called Batesession, playing rural bars before transforming into an outfit called Injun Joe’s Medicine Show. After the movie “American Graffiti” created a new audience interested in early rock ‘n’ roll, Bates headed an act that billed itself as the Graffiti Band of Gold, Featuring Morris as Elvis.

The segment featuring Elvis eventually became a complete stage act enjoying a long run at The Cave on Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver, his bookings in a nightclub boasting papier-mache stalactites sandwiched between the likes of Tina Turner and Mitzi Gaynor.

Bates even had a brief stint as an impresario.

He organized a rock festival in the mid-1970s on reserve land during the Williams Lake Stampede. He lined up bands, including Sweeney Todd, a Vancouver band who had just hit the charts with “Roxy Roller.”

After getting a liquor license, Bates discovered the stampede had already cornered all local stocks of alcohol. He averted disaster by renting a cube truck in Vancouver, stocking up by clearing out every beer and liquor store on the drive upcountry.

He patrolled the sprawling concert site atop a black stallion, a baseball bat shoved inside a rifle scabbard hanging from the horse. Other than a few fist fights, which is to be expected in Williams Lake on a Friday and Saturday night, the worst incident occurred when a drunk driver stopped his vehicle atop a fan in a sleeping bag. The exhaust burned a hole in the bag, but Bates managed to wrest the fellow free before too much damage was done.

He laughs at the memory, prompting another funny story, before acknowledging that, at 60, “there’s still lots left to do.”

Elvis is a hard act to follow, but Bates is doing his best.

Morris Bates, from the Sugar Cane reserve outside Williams Lake, B.C., appeared on The Merv Griffin Show in 1978.

Pretty cool! What was your source(s) for this article?

My eyes caught the info about Nicholas Cage.... I didn't know he was married to Elvis Presley's daughter. Good info here Dread.

Jeff Schrembs

All facts are true which is almost unheard of with Internet Websites so...congrats.

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeffrey Schrembs, Elvis Presley Historian

Jeff Schrembs

All facts are true which is almost unheard of with Internet Websites so...congrats.

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeffrey Schrembs, Elvis Presley Historian

Jeff Schrembs

Great pics of Elvis.

Jeffrey Schrembs

www.ElvisCollector.info

Heather Ann Witt

Nice to know he read his Bible but did he have faith?

Number 17 is wild. How could those people not know he was Elvis? 3rd? I'll bet he got a kick out of that one.

I don't really have much knowledge about the oldies....LOL. But i enjoyed reading this... thanks for sharing...

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