Priscilla Presley has said that that she wrote "Elvis and Me" to combat the tabloids opinions of Elvis because she could not imagine how their daughter would react to the stories from the tabloids. She wrote the book so Lisa Marie could know that her father was a compassionate man.
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Elvis' had a twin brother, Jesse Garon, who was still born and Elvis, it has been rumored, talked to Jesse on many occassions.
In 1997, at the Tribute concert marking the 20th anniversary of Elvis's death, Lisa Marie roused the crowd by presenting a duet video of herself singing "Don't Cry Daddy" with her father. Legendary producer David Foster produced Lisa's performance and new instrumentation to compliment Elvis's original vocal. For the 25th anniversary of his death, Lisa Marie sang a song she wrote for her father called "Nobody Noticed It" at the Pyramid in Memphis.
In 1946, Elvis, like most boys his age, wanted a bicycle. Not being able to afford one, Galdys talked him into accepting a guitar instead. Elvis's first guitar was purchased at the Tupelo Hardware company for $12.95 and although he finally got his bicycle for Christmas in 1947, the path of his life had been changed forever. Elvis owned and played many guitars throughout his lifetime. Part of his collection is at display at Memphis.
Elvis's autopsy detected ten different types of pills in his bloodstream.
Elvis bought Graceland mansion on March 19,1957 from Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore for $102,500. The mansion, built of tan Tennessee limestone, consists of 23 rooms and 13.7 surronding acres. The Music Gates were installed in April of 1957.
Elvis was always looking for guidance and answers in his spiritual life. He read the works of Kahlil Gibran. One book in particular, The Prophet, inspired him. He also read Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and The Impersonal Life by Joseph Benner. He became so enamored of these books that he passed them out to friends, fellow actors and fans.
At his death, Elvis had been reading The Scientific Search For The Face Of Jesus by Frank D. Adams.
At his funeral, Priscilla and a then-9 year old Lisa Marie placed a sterling silver bracelet depicting a mother and child's clapsed hands on his right wrist.
A compassionate humanitarian like her father, Lisa Marie donates a lot of her time to charities such as Presley Place, Citizens Commision on Human Rights and LEAP.
Elvis Presley has two grandchildren, Lisa Marie's children, Danielle Riley and Benjamin Storm.
Elvis starred in 33 successful films, has sold well over one billion records, had 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins), the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, which he received at age 36 and he was also named one of the ten outstanding young men of the nation for 1979 by the United States Jaycees.
Beginning in the 50's, Elvis became a regular at the original Lansky Brothers Men's Store on historic Beale Street. He loved the Hi-Boy collars, peg-legged pants and the daring colors. Bernard Lansky, Elvis's personal fitter, has recreated a line of clothing called "Graceland" that includes the same Elvis looks that were stylish in the 50's and still stylish today.
Upon the universally mourned death of Elvis, Lisa Marie became sole heir of the legendary Graceland and its attendant activities. She currently serves as the chairman of the board for Elvis Presley Enterprises, which works to preserve the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley.
After the birth of Lisa Marie, which was nine months to the date from Elvis and Priscilla's wedding, Elvis found intimacy with Priscilla was no longer appropriate. He viewed her not only as a mother, but as a temple that should remain untouched. Elvis chose the name Lisa Marie.
Elvis has more gold and platinum albums than any other single artist or group, including the Beatles and Garth Brooks.
Elvis is the only artist to ever have a Number 1 album 25 years after his death.
The revamped version of 'A Little Less Converstion' has been featured on numerous commercials and at least two different TV shows, including "Alias".
Elvis' estate has earned much much more since his death than he did in his entire life.
Graceland is the second most visited house in the world second only to the White House. Appoximately 600,000 people visit Graceland every year.
Considered one of the best bargains ever was when RCA bought Elvis' contract from Sun Records for $35,000.
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Sun Record's Sam Philips believed that Jerry Lee Lewis was going to be bigger than Elvis.
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