This Day in Music
10 things you didn't know, you didn't know about...Elvis
1 Elvis made his first ever public appearance in a talent contest at the Mississippi, Alabama Dairy Show, singing 'Old Shep', Elvis was 10 years old at the time and came second
2 He was fired from his job at Loew's State Theatre during 1952 after punching a fellow usher who told the manager that Elvis was getting free candy from the girl at the concession stand
3 In 1957, Elvis was rushed to a Los Angles hospital after swallowing a porcelain cap from one of his front teeth which then lodged itself in one of his lungs
4 Sheet metal worker Louis Balint punched Elvis at a Hotel in Toledo claiming that his wife's love for the singer had caused his marriage to break up. Balint was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed after he was unable to pay the fine
5 In 1957, Elvis purchased the stately mansion 'Graceland' in Whitehaven, Memphis. He paid $102,500 for the property which had previously been used by the Graceland Christian Church
6 In 1958, Elvis Presley's 'Hound Dog', exceeded three million copies in the USA, becoming only the third single to do so ( Bing Crosby's White Christmas & Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer by Gene Autry being the other two)
7 In 1988, Hound Dog was named the most played record of all time on American Juke Boxes
8 Elvis became the first rock 'n' roll artist to be honoured by the US Postal Service with a commemorative stamp
9 Elvis has scored 21 UK No.1 singles, had 130 UK hit singles and spent over 1170 weeks on the UK singles chart. Making him the No.1 act of all time
10 In 1997, a report showed that Elvis was the worlds best selling posthumous entertainer. With world-wide sales over 1 billion, over 480 active fanclubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans still buying his records.


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