5 things you probably don't know about Elvis Presley

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Friday, January 8, 2021
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On January 8, 1946, a mom bought her son a guitar for his birthday and changed the world as we know it.

Friday marks what would have been the 86th birthday of Elvis Presley, the legendary musician who helped define rock and roll music as we know it. While Presley is unarguably one of the most enduring pop-culture icons in history, there still is a lot you may not know about the musician.

One of his performances was censored and only shown from the waist up

During his final performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, network censors demanded that the musician only be shot from the waist up. This was in response to controversy that erupted after his second energetic performance on the program.

He met his wife while serving in Germany

Presley met Priscilla Beaulieu while serving abroad in the military. The two kept in touch when Presley's service was over and she finally moved to the states to be with the singer in 1963, according to USA Today. They eventually married in 1967.

Presley appeared in over 30 films

The King of Rock 'n' Roll was also movie royalty in his time, too. Presley appeared in his first film Love Me Tender in 1956, which became a box office hit, according to Biography.com. His highest grossing film ever was Viva Las Vegas in 1964, according to Graceland.com.

Presley's home is visited by more than 600,000 fans every year

Originally purchased by the singer in 1957, Elvis' Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee sees more than half a million visitors roam its grounds each year to pay tribute to the King.

The most famous attraction at Graceland, according to Parade, is Presley's famous 1955 pink Cadillac.

His mother gave him a guitar for his 11th birthday, even though he wanted a rifle

Presley's mother was cautious and felt a guitar would have been a more appropriate gift. The boy then became skilled at the instrument, going on to win a talent show at Humes High School in Memphis.