Some interesting facts about Elvis Presley are that he had a twin brother, his manager was a former carnival barker, and he never performed outside of North America. Another interesting item is that he bought the Graceland mansion when he was only 22 years old.Continue Reading
Elvis Aaron Presley was the second of twin brothers born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Jan. 8, 1935. About 35 minutes earlier Jesse Garon Presley had been stillborn. Jessie was buried in an unmarked grave in the Priceville Cemetery the next day.
The singer's controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker was actually Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, and he was born in the Netherlands in 1909. As a young man, he immigrated to America as Tom Parker, where he worked as a pitchman for traveling carnivals. After several other career attempts, he began managing country-music singers and in 1948 somehow finagled the title of Colonel out of the governor of Louisiana.
Although almost half of Elvis Presley's records were sold overseas, he never performed anywhere but the United States, except for a few shows in Canada in 1957, despite having huge offers. Many sources believed that the offers were turned down by Colonel Tom Parker because he was an illegal immigrant and feared he may not be allowed back in the country.Learn more about Art & Literature