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What are the most surprising facts about Elvis Presley?

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A surprising fact about Elvis Presley is he had an identical twin brother. Jesse Garon Presley was born about 35 minutes before Elvis, but was a stillborn child. The next day, he was buried in a nearby cemetery. Elvis grew up as an only child and spoke of his twin brother throughout his life.

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Another interesting fact about Elvis Presley is he never performed outside of North America. Even with about 40 percent of his music sales being outside America, Presley still never performed overseas. Presley did perform a few shows in Canada, but most concerts were held in the United States. Some sources have claimed that Presley’s manager, Colonel Parker, was an illegal immigrant. Therefore, Parker declined any overseas offers fearing that he might not be allowed back into the United States.

In December 1957, Presley was drafted into the United States Army after he was already famous. Presley went on to gain major media coverage, after later being inducted into the Army as a private. After attending his basic training, Presley was shipped for an assignment to West Germany. In 1960, Presley received his honorable discharge from active duty and had achieved the rank of a sergeant. “G.I. Blues” was his first post-Army film, and the soundtrack remained on the Billboard album music chart for 111 weeks.

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