Happy birthday Elvis: 75 reasons to love the King on his 75th!

Elvis Presley was born 75 years ago today. To mark the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of 75 reasons to be grateful for the King’s existence, which you’ll find after the jump.

But have we Taken Care of Business? Or should we be leaving the building in shame for what we’ve left off? Take a look and tell us what you think.


Photo credit: Doc Pele/Retna Ltd.

“That’s All Right”

“Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”

“Heartbreak Hotel”

His hair

His sideburns

The fact that his hair stylist Larry Geller was also his spiritual mentor

His pelvis

The fact that “Pelvis” rhymes with “Elvis”

“Love Me Tender”

“Love Me Tender” (the laughing version)

“Jailhouse Rock” (the song)

Jailhouse Rock (the movie)

The fact that, as a child, Kurt Russell appeared with him in It Happened At the World’s Fair

…and then played him in Elvis – The Movie

Aloha from Hawaii

The irony of Richard Nixon giving him a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge

Elvis Presley (the album)

Elvis’ Christmas Album

A Date With Elvis

“Guitar Man”

“Mystery Train” (the song)

Mystery Train (the movie)

Stephen King’s short story, “You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band”

“Don’t Be Cruel”

“Viva Las Vegas”

Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas

The legend that, after Viva Las Vegas, he sent flowers to Ann-Margret’s dressing room whenever she performed until the day he died

“Polk Salad Annie”

“In the Ghetto”

His karate moves

His postage stamp

“A Little Less Conversation”

The album artwork of The Clash’s London Calling

Elvis Costello

Dread Zeppelin

Kirsty MacColl’s “There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis”

Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power”

The fact that he named his plane “Lisa Marie”

“Return to Sender”

Scotty Moore

James Burton

The Jordanaires

The fact that tabloid journalists call British folk-rock legend Linda Thompson under the misapprehension that she is the same Linda Thompson who dated him in the ’70s

The fact that British folk-rock legend Linda Thompson enjoys pretending to tabloid journalists that she is the same Linda Thompson who dated him in the ’70s

This thing

His Vegas-era outfits

“Thin” Elvis impersonators

“Fat” Elvis impersonators

Mexican Elvis impersonators

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (laughing version)

His signing to RCA which bankrolled Sun Records

Most Sun Records acts

Most rock acts, period

The Million Dollar Quartet

The very small chance that he might still be alive

Peter Guralnick’s book Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

Peter Guralnick’s book Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

Are You Hungry Tonight?: Elvis’ Favorite Recipes

King Creole

Priscilla Presley in Naked Gun

Val Kilmer in True Romance

Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-Tep

Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart

“Hound Dog”

“All Shook Up”


Mulder visiting Graceland while on holiday in The X-Files

The ’68 Comeback Special

“Suspicious Minds”

His penchant for singing “Shove it up your nose!” while performing “Suspicious Minds”

His love for his mother

His love for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches


“Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building”

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  • JPX

    God, is there anything worse than Elvis? Horrible, horrible music.

    • One Who Knows

      So horrible that he’s still celebrated a million years after his death. Let’s see how honored your favorite musicians are after they die – if anyone even acknowledges their deaths at all.

      • Muffy

        It’s called having an opinion. If you want to torture me put on an Elvis record. Elvis is more popular than Freddy Mecury, but does that mean he was more talented then Mecury? Hell to the N-O! “He loved his mother” Wow, Daddy gets no love. No wonder a lot men don’t give a you know what.

    • Ilovemusic

      I would like to hear you sing! If it was so Horrible it won’t be still selling today! It wasn’t my time and I love it!!! I guess you are just another hater who just enjoy putting negative stuff on the web!

      • Muffy

        Britney Spears, and countless other talentless people are still selling records. FACT.

    • Kevin

      Elvis > JPX

    • +anya

      Yeah, so “horrible”, he’s still making millions upon millions of dollars years after his death.

    • Ashley

      Shut it

    • 4rocket

      Hey, Muffy I love both men (no, not in that way), there’s no need to compare the two. Just so you know, Elvis was one of Freddie’s musical inspirations, Queen would perform Jailhouse Rock at their shows on occasion. Elvis was also a major influence on The Beatles, they practically worshiped him. I’m sick and tired of Queen fans bashing Elvis, it doesn’t matter if you dislike him or not, he influenced a lot of great artists, including your beloved, so you’d be wise to show some respect and give credit where it is due.

  • Lemon

    I loved Elvis as a kid, and I always will. Thanks for the list.

    • TexFan

      wow, loser much?

      • Lemon

        To each his or her own, TexFan. I’ll like who I like, and you’ll like who you like. Thanks for the input, though.

      • KC

        Lemon is posting a comment on an article celebrating Elvis. Seems like you’re the loser Texfan.

  • crispy

    “Elvis was a hero to most
    But he never meant sh!t to me you see
    Straight up racist that sucker was
    Simple and plain
    Mother f— him and John Wayne”

    • The Obvious

      “As a musicologist — and I consider myself one — there was always a great deal of respect for Elvis, especially during his Sun sessions. As a black people, we all knew that,” the rapper [Chuck D] said.

      “My whole thing was the one-sidedness — like, Elvis’ icon status in America made it like nobody else counted. … My heroes came from someone else. My heroes came before him. My heroes were probably his heroes. As far as Elvis being ‘The King,’ I couldn’t buy that.”

      • Rosalia

        Perhaps, Danny.After all, Warner Brothers is advertising on their that the Elvis On Tour Blu-rays and DVDs coaintn the songs “Teddy Bear,” “Hound Dog,” “All Shook Up,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight.” Those were not part of the original movie (and, incidentally, nor were they shown tonight).And Warner Brothers would never mislead us about the content of their Blu-rays and DVDs, right?Just like they would never mislead us about the July 29 theatrical presentation . . . oh wait . . . .

    • The Truth

      Disrespecting the King, on his birthday no less, and the Duke at the same time. Shows you have no taste or class. Two icons that will never be surpassed.

      • crispy

        Tell it to Mistachuck.

      • Maya

        Hello,great website, and tnakhs for all the information and hard work you do!I m in NYC, and my wife and I saw the 7/29 EOT at the movies, and it was sold out in midtown Manhattan. A few fans sitting a few rows away were also saying that other theatres in Manhattan were also sold out for EOT.I’ve been searching, but could not find any info. on how did EOT do nationally? I’m sure it was a huge success, and I’m surprised that it was only for one night. I know for sure I would go more than once to watch it. It was amazing seeing the king on the big screen, and the fans were clapping and cheering it was almost as if we were watching him live!Anyway, I was wondering if you had any info. on how the movie fared in terms of box office results. Thanks for any help!

    • TexFan

      my loser much was ment for you! Elivs was wonderful, and so was John Wayne. Nice how if someone says something about MJ, everyone says, “respect the dead”, but then look at you, again I say, LOSER!

    • 4rocket

      As for Elvis being “racist”, I think it is a well-known fact that he wasn’t racist. If it’s about the popular story that Elvis said black people were only good for shining his shoes and buying his records, that is pure myth. He never said that.

  • Ruka

    We’ve had 44 presidents…but only one king! Hail to the King Baby!

    • Welles

      And he died on the throne!

    • Joe

      I think you meant to say the grandfather of all grisauitts was Chet Atkins. Remember, Chet heavily influenced Scotty’s playing style. Every great artist thoughout history has emulated someone great who started before them. Scotty was no different and for that matter, neither was Elvis. Elvis greatly admired the likes of James Dean and Dean Martin.

  • orville

    “Black Velvet”–one of the best one-hit wonders ever.

  • KJ

    LOVE Elvis! I don’t care what people say about the drugs, his weight, etc. The man had a beautiful voice that was born from inside HIM, not pro-tools or some other musical software out there today, and had a unique style that was all his own and NOBODY can deny that he changed music forever. Before anybody in music did anything, Elvis did it first. He and Michael Jackson left this world too soon; they could have lived to be 100 and it would have been too soon. It’s too bad we didn’t appreciate them more near the end.

    • Marian Ross

      Very nice..I thought he had a really terrific voice. One of a kind!

  • Chichi

    Let’s all hear it for 75 years of musical mediocrity. And bad dancing … let’s not forget the bad dancing.

  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    Wow, thanks JPX, perhaps you can get your skinny jeans on, put on some Gaga and go kill yourself

    • Pavan

      The footage was splificcaely advertised as Elvis scenes, though so new interviews with Jerry Schilling, Priscilla Presley, and Andrew Solt don’t count. All of the Elvis scenes shown during the behind-the-scenes look were originally shown in Elvis On Tour or other officially released productions.

  • My My

    Love, love, love Elvis! That man is magnetic. I used to never think I could watch an “Elvis movie” until King Creole. He is one of a kind. Amazing.

  • Audrey

    Wow, now I’m in such an Elvis mood! LOVE HIM!

  • sarahp

    Thanks EW! I’m 27 and I love, love Elvis. I’m sure this board will be filled with way more JPXs and Chichis, but I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed this list and appreciate a current pop-culture website acknowledging pop-culture history too.

  • goodgollymissmolly

    Elvis! Loved him then, love him now. He was one of us of a certain generation. Can remember the exact moment I first heard him, in a car, driving home for spring break, dark highway, friend at the wheel. An Elvis moment…seems like yesterday.

  • Anonymous

    Pure talent

    • Ilovemusic

      Oui c’est vrai, et sur la scene un naturel d’une gentillese rare!

      • Surendra

        Hey Thomas, I hope you’re enjoying your vtaacion! See what happens when you try to go away for a few days?If the rumor is true, the change from the perfectly-themed Johnny B. Goode opening to the amateurishly edited Don’t Be Cruel would not a deal-killer for me but it sure would kill a lot of my enthusiasm for this release.Imagine if Lucasfilm replaced John Williams’ opening Star Wars theme with something else? Oh, they’ll never notice. Star Wars fans would tear the theater down.Even if Johnny B. is gone, I’m going to try to still enjoy the theatrical and Blu-ray releases, and hopefully I’d be over some of the shock of this by then.

  • TV/Movie Fan

    Elvis Presley was an outstanding singer; however he Should have fired his manager Tom Parker who took him for everything he got and had ‘the king’ star in a bunch of crappy movies that made Parker rich and kept Elvis from being a credible singer/actor, similar to Frank Sinatra.
    Elvis cheated left and right on Priscilla, until she finally had enough and left him. Thank goodness, Vernon Presley (father) gave control of Gracland to Priscilla, (instead of Parker) after Elvis died. Elvis was a person who loved sex more than fidelity, as well as drugs and the later killed him. When the people around him tried to get him to stop taking drugs, Elvis ignored them and wound up dead, exactly like Michael Jackson ignored the Jan. 12, 2009 National Enquirer cover story that said he had Six Months to Live!

    Elvis Presley was one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century, but, he should have fired Parker and not thrown his life, [and the most important woman he ever met (Priscilla)], away in favor of promiscuous sex and drug abuse. He could have lived a whole lot longer, as did Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra.

  • Chris

    Elvis is the King and the best that ever was and will ever be.

    Elvis – King of Rock and Roll

    James Brown – Godfather of soul and hardest working man in show business.

    Michael Jackson – Queen, and factually proven to be a Pedophile

    Prince – Midget

    Beatles – Lymies who copied Elvis and Rythmn and Blues scene. Never made anything original

    • George

      This is to Chris. The Beatles were musicians/songwriters and Elvis was a vocalist so comparing them is silly.

      I think Elvis was good but the Beatles influenced rock, pop, singer-songwriters to even modern electronic music. The Beatles musically moved way beyond Elvis and Buddy Holly who was the Beatles main early influence. “Tomorrow Never Knows”, Revolver, Sgt Peppers and “Strawberry Fields Forever” have no relation to Rythmn and Blues. Music moved way past Elvis and the relation to Modern Rock and Pop music is greater with the Beatls than Elvis.

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