January 8th marks what would have been the "King of Rock n' Roll" Elvis Presley's 85th birthday. From his rise to fame in the 1950s, to his movies, staging a global comeback special, and to his death in 1977, Elvis went on to become rock's first true global superstar.  After working as a movie theater usher and a truck driver for a Memphis Electrical Company, Elvis began singing locally as "The Hillbilly Cat," and signed to record at the legendary Sun Record Studios.

Elvis's last concert was June 26th, 1977 in Indianapolis, but a few days earlier, he performed in Rapid City, SD. Here's the high-quality video of My Way.

On June 22nd, Elvis was in Sioux Falls in the Mexican Sundial Suit which he would wear at every concert for the remainder of this tour.

Some interesting fact about Elvis Presley:

  • Elvis Presley's twin brother Jesse Garon died at birth (Elvis was delivered 35 minutes later).
  • He has more multi platinum album sales than any other performer, with 12 albums selling over 2 million copies.
  • His autopsy detected 10 different drugs in his bloodstream.
  • Elvis' nickname for both his mother Gladys and wife Priscilla was the same -- "Satnin'."
  • 1973's Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii attracted more viewers than Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon.
  • At the time of his death, he was reading The Scientific Search For The Face Of Jesus by Frank O. Adams.
  • He was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • He died with only about one million dollars in his bank account.
  • Elvis was a distant cousin of former President Jimmy Carter.
  • Elvis' 1977 country hit, "Way Down," was the Number One song on the Billboard Country Singles chart the week of his death.
  • Following his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1960, Presley weighed 170 pounds.
  • He weighed 260 pounds at the time of his death in 1977.
  • Highway 51 South, which runs past the gates of Graceland, was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard in 1971, while he was still alive.
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