Celebrating Elvis’s 81st Birthday With 11 Awesome Facts You Never Knew

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Happy Birthday Mr. Presley

The King would have been celebrating his 81st birthday today, so we figured the best way to remember him, his music and the joy he brought to the world would be to share some seriously cool facts about him.

Elvis bought Graceland, his mansion in Tennessee at age 22, for just $100,000

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Elvis outside of Graceland,1957 via elvisforever.tripod.com

 

He was drafted in the United States Army after his career had taken off and served for 2 years on hiatus from his musical career.

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Elvis in Army uniform, 1960 via pinterest.com

 

Elvis was a distant relative of Abraham Lincoln and Jimmy Carter; the king was set from the very beginning! Abraham’s second great-grandfather, Isaiah Harrison is related to Elvis, with Jimmy being a 6th cousin, once removed.

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Presidents Abraham Lincoln & Jimmy Carter via rogert.co

 

At just 18 years old, he paid $4 to make his first record as a gift for his mother.

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“My Happiness/ That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” 1953 via telegraph.co.uk

 

In 1954, Elvis was turned away from an audition for a gospel quartet, called the Songfellows.

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the Songfellows via hillbillymusic.com

 

His mother convinced him to purchase a guitar over a rifle at just 11 years old.

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Elvis’s first guitar via gettyimages

 

A judge in Florida called Elvis “a savage” because he said that his music was “undermining the youth.”  He was subsequently forbidden from shaking his body at a gig, so he waggled his finger instead in protest.

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Elvis Presley, hips via blog.nuraypictures.com

 

He was featured in 31 successful movies throughout his musical career.

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Blue Hawaii, 1961 via rankopedia.com

 

Elvis’s natural hair color was actually dark brown, he dyed his hair black.

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via pinterest.com

 

At age 12, Elvis was asked to sing a song on the radio but was too shy and declined the offer.

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Elvis Presley, 12 years old via pinterest.com

 

He reportedly demanded 31 different takes when recording Hound Dog in the studio.

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Elvis Presley in studio via randyhaddock.com

Because we love Elvis so much, we have also decided to post his most charming video below from his iconic ’68 Comeback Special, known only as “Heartbreak Hotel.”

Happy Birthday King, we miss you and your music every day!

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