10 true and bizarre facts you didn’t know about Elvis
Elvis Presley died 35 years ago today, on August 16, 1977. To honor The King, here are 10 things you probably don’t know about him but definitely should.
1. In 1977, the year that Elvis died, there were about 170 working Elvis Presley impersonators. Today, there are around 250,000.
2. Elvis did LSD in 1965 with The Beatles.
Hoping to discover this “Inner Light,” Presley enlisted Schilling, the entertainer’s girlfriend (and later wife) Priscilla Beaulieu, and hairdresser Larry Geller to join him on an LSD “trip.” Schilling remembers the surrealism of the night. “Elvis and I started having an entire conversation just by laughing,” he said. “I stared at Elvis, and he seemed to morph into a child. He was this plump little boy, at times insecure. The more I stared, the more he changed. Eventually, I saw him as a baby smiling back at me, contented as could be.”
3. Elvis recorded 15 songs with the word “blue” in the title.
4. Elvis had a thing for teenage girls…
5. … yet apparently wouldn’t perform oral sex on women, saying to actress Cybill Shepherd, “white boys don’t eat pussy.” Suspicious minds, indeed.
6. Elvis’ favorite sandwich was peanut butter, bacon, banana, and honey.
7. Elvis released an entire album of between-song stage banter – “Having Fun With Elvis On Stage” in 1974 to fulfill a contractual obligation.
8. Elvis once started laughing hysterically onstage during a performance being taped for a live album. It was in the middle of “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and for my money it’s one the best takes of the song recorded.
9. Elvis was going to make a kung-fu movie. Really.
He would sometimes interrupt Vegas shows and don a karate suit for a 15-minute demonstration with Red, and on one occasion, he even interrupted a Tom Jones concert to demonstrate his karate prowess. All of this was to culminate in a movie that Elvis wanted to make about karate. The plot he had devised was simple: “I want to be the baddest motherfu**er there is.” Although it reached planning stages, the film was never made, yet a description of its breathtaking finale survives: “On a remote hill the camera is on a close-up of Elvis as he stands in fighting stance. The camera zooms back . . . and we see what looks like [an army of fellow martial artists] doing the moves with him. He then does the Lord’s Prayer in Indian sign language as a soft wind gently blows around him. The picture ends with The Beginning written across the screen.”
10. Elvis wrote to President Richard Nixon requesting that Nixon make him a Federal Agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Nixon allegedly mailed him a Special Agent badge. The two met in the Oval Office in 1970.