Elvis Presley is the undisputed king of rock ‘n’ roll and one of the most influential people of the 20th Century.
The legend that has inspired at least 85,000 impersonators around the world is known for bringing rock into the mainstream with his lively shows and animated dance moves – and his iconic look certainly helped him make it happen.
While a great many things are known about Elvis Presley, the lesser known, more mysterious aspects of his career and private life are truly fascinating.
Read on to learn the surprising facts about the king of rock you have to know.
1. Merely Average?
Not everyone recognized the king of rock’s talent right away. In school, Elvis Presley’s music teacher told him he was merely average. Presley was something of a loner, and his classmates often teased him for playing “hillbilly music.”
2. Elvis Presley Never Had Natural Black Hair
Elvis Presley, the eternal king of rock ‘n’ roll, is known for a great many things, one of which was his hair. But Presley’s signature black, shiny hair wasn’t his natural look. It was a dye job.
The rock icon was actually born blonde and started dying his hair when he was young to achieve a more edgy look. Moreover, and in his younger years, Elvis has confessed he used black shoe polish to get the job done. But Presley’s edgy persona wasn’t always channeled toward music.
3. Elvis Didn’t Really Want A Guitar
The king of rock wasn’t always interested in rock – or music, for that matter. In fact, he didn’t get his first guitar until he was 11 years old. Right after he got it, Presley learned to play and play well.
4. He Never Performed Outside Of North America
By the time Elvis made it big, people all over the world wanted to get a piece of him. He was selling out shows throughout the United States singing “Heartbreak Hotel” and “That’s All Right,” but unfortunately for his fans overseas, they’d have to keep waiting.
5. Just A Regular Soldier
It’s pretty well-known that Elvis Presley took a break from his music career when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 – something almost unimaginable for a star to do today. And the move gained him much respect from his haters.
6. The King Met His Wife When She Was 14
Shortly after he was drafted into the army, the king of rock ‘n’ roll was stationed in Germany. It was there that he first laid eyes on the stunning Priscilla Beaulieu, whom he would eventually marry.
7. Dating Elvis Wasn’t Always Easy For Priscilla
As great as it would seem for any young woman to be the object of Elvis Presley’s desire, Priscilla Beaulieu’s romantic relationship with the international star weighed on her. It wasn’t always easy to walk in Presley’s shadow from such a young age.
8. Elvis Didn’t Like Spending Nights Alone
In addition to having the ability to rock out like no other, Elvis Presley was known to be gentle at times, especially in his younger years. It is widely believed that the king didn’t like spending nights by himself.
Some speculate his desire to not be alone while he slept was due to the hardship he faced in coping with the loss of his mother, who passed shortly before he was sent to Germany. In any case, Presley made sure he had someone by his side throughout his service. And, as you’ll soon learn, it wasn’t always Priscilla.
9. The King’s Romantic Interests
During his time in Germany, Presley’s romantic interest wasn’t limited to Priscilla, who was the daughter of a U.S. Navy pilot. The international star seems to have wanted to acquaint himself with the local culture, too.
The king also had a romance with a beautiful 19-year-old German girl named Elisabeth Stefaniak, whom he had hired to handle his fan mail after she asked him for an autograph.
Their romance ended when Presley returned to the states, and his attention returned to the Ms. Presley-to-be.
10. Elvis Only Ever Married One Woman
Elvis Presley is known to have been a ladies’ man, and some might expect that would mean he was married to various women throughout his life. But the king only ever married one woman, and that woman was Priscilla Beaulieu.
Elvis and Priscilla married in Las Vegas in 1967. And even though the two made an adorable couple, the deeper aspects of their marriage remind the world that they were still human together.
Priscilla has revealed a surprising fact about their relationship that sheds light on how the two interacted away from the cameras – read on to find out what it was.
11. Elvis Never Saw His Wife Without Makeup
Throughout Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s time together, the king of rock never really saw his wife without makeup, Priscilla has said. The king also didn’t like to watch his wife getting dressed. To Elvis, she said, mystique was very important.
“He never wanted to see me getting dressed, he wanted to see the result of getting dressed,” Priscilla said. She complied, admitting only in later years that she always had a little bit of makeup on.
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