Elvis Presley – More F.YI.

Elvis was one of the first people in the U.S. to own a “Betamax” system VCR

Elvis was nominated for a “Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television” for G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii in 1961 and 1962 respectfully.

In 1963, Elvis won second place in the “Golden Laurel for Top Male Musical Performance” in Girls! Girls! Girls!. In 1965 he won third place for his movie Viva Las Vegas. In 1966, he finally won the award for his movie Tickle Me

When The Beatles first came to America in 1965, Elvis was the only person they wanted to meet. On August 27, they got their wish. According to John Lennon, they spent an entirely enjoyable evening at the Presley home in Bel Air, California, talking, singing and laughing with each other. After wards, Lennon said they enjoyed his company very much.

Elvis is one of only a few artists, including Johnny Cash and Hank Williams to be inducted into both The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and The Country Music Hall of Fame.

On August 29, 1977, there was an attempt to steal Elvis’ body, but it failed. Because of that, Vernon Presley received approval from the Memphis Adjustment Board to allow re-interment of the bodies of Elvis and his mother, Gladys, in the Meditation Garden behind Graceland.

Elvis was featured on a 5.50 kr postage stamp issued by Sweden in 2004.

Elvis once attended a concert for singer Connie Francis,, but left for emotional reasons when he heard her sing the Italian song “Mama” as his mother had just recently died.

Elvis held a single day’s attendance record for his March 74 shows at the Houston Astrodome in March 1974, with 89,000 fans attending two shows.

Elvis was the #1 touring act in America for the year of 1977.

During the 60s and early 70s Elvis used to play touch football at Whitehaven High School with kids around the neighborhood.

Elvis loved football very much and often had three televisions set up at Graceland to watch all of the games.

Elvis’ 1960 single It’s Now Or Never is one of the best selling singles of all times (if not ‘the’ best selling single) with sales which are estimated between 25 and 30 million copies.

Elvis reportedly fell for Elizabeth Montgomery on the set of Kid Galahad (1962). She is said to have visited his house on two occasions. Nothing came of it as she was married to Gig Young at the time, but they remained good friends until he passed away.

Elvis’ 1977 country hit, Way Down, was the No. 1 song on Billboard magazine’s country singles chart the week of Elvis’ death

The book Elvis was reading at the time of his death was The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus by Frank O. Adams.

Elvis’ television debut was on the regionally telecast Louisiana Hayride, 5 March 1955 in Shreveport, Louisiana

During February, 1976, RCA hauled all manner of mobile recording equipment to Graceland. The week of recording in the den will produce an album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee A wonderful boost, this album went to #1 on country charts.

On Christmas of ’75, Elvis performs a New Year’s Eve concert in Pontiac, Michigan, and sets a single performance record of 62,500.

On June 26, 1977 Elvis’ last live performance anywhere was in Indianapolis, IN.

In August of 1974, Elvis supposedly received an offer to resurrect his acting career when Barbra Streisand and her producer-boyfriend Jon Peters offered Elvis the lead role in the remake of A Star is Born. Although Elvis was bored on the road and needed a new challenge, the opportunity never came to fruition.

On January 14, 1973, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii was taped at Honolulu International Center Arena. It was seen by nearly 1.5 billion people. The album went to #1 quickly!

During June 9-11, 1972, entertainment history is made as Elvis, in advance, sells out all four engagements at Madison Square Garden. Among the 80,000 attendees were John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Art Gurfunkel. His stirring rendition of “An American Trilogy” was a highlight. Surprisingly, this was Elvis’ first live concert in New York City.

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