ELVIS COMMENTARY MINI-NUGGETS — # 8

Bad Luck From Elvis?:  In 1973, Elvis gave Muhammad Ali a $10,000 white robe, with the words “People’s Champion” emblazoned across the back.  Ali wore the robe on March 31, when he fought Ken Norton for the first time.  Norton broke Ali’s jaw in the second round and won the decision.  Ali vowed never to wear the robe again (but he did maintain his friendship with Elvis).

 

A New Wrinkle In Selling Cars:  Back in 1956, many adults thought Elvis was turning their children into juvenile delinquents, so there was a good bit of backlash.  On December 17, used car dealer Don Melch ran this advertisement:  “We guarantee to break 50 Elvis Presley records in your presence if you buy one of these cars today.”  Melch started with 17 cars that day and he sold five.  He should have just saved those 250 Elvis records; they would be worth a bundle today.

 

Good Neighbor Elvis:  Homes and Land, a real estate media company in Florida, ran a poll asking thousands of US residents to name what famous person they would like to live next door to.  The top pick among women was Oprah Winfrey.  Men picked Elvis Presley, followed by John Wayne, Donald Trump, Tiger Woods and Bill Gates.  I would like to live next door to Scotty Moore and hang out in his home studio while all his music buddies are jamming.

 

Did You Already Know This?:  Elvis’ favorite toothpaste was Colgate; his favorite aftershave was Brut; and his favorite soft drink was Pepsi.

 

Bet You Didn’t Know This:  Elvis’ social security number was 409-52-2002.  Apparently, there is a federal law that requires the Social Security Administration to provide this data on the deceased to anyone that wants it.  Seems pretty stupid to me.

 

Some Stats On Elvis’ Name:  According to the website www.howmanyofme.com, there are 15,167 people in the U.S. with the first name Elvis.  It is the 1495th  most popular first name.  There are 21,234 people in the U.S. with the last name Presley, the 1664th most popular last name.  And, yes, there is one person in the U.S. today named Elvis Presley.

 

More Elvis Name Stats:  According to a publication (website?) called The West, Elvis is the 8th most popular celebrity inspired pet name.  They determined that Tyson (named for Mike Tyson) is the most popular.  Probably chosen for a lot of pit bulls.

 

The TCB Oath:  In 1971, while on a flight in the Lisa Marie, Elvis wrote The TCB Oath on a torn envelope.  This code of ethics for his buddies was influenced by his strong interest in the martial arts at the time.  It starts with: “More self-respect, more respect for fellow man.”  However, it ends with: “Freedom from constipation.”  No kidding.

 

Elvis Is Big At The National Archives:  Believe it or not, the most requested document from the National Archives is the photo of Elvis shaking hands with a stiffly smiling President Richard Nixon at the Whitehouse in 1970.  It is also the best selling souvenir at the Nixon Presidential Library.  I think the funniest thing about that whole episode is that Elvis presented Nixon with a Civil War gun with seven bullets in the chamber.  The Secret Service guys must have been so nonplussed with Elvis that they never checked it first.  They weren’t too pleased when they found out later.

 

When Did The TCB Band First Reunite?  If you follow the TCB Band, you know they have done a lot of performances over the years since Elvis died.  Of course, they disbanded in 1977, but when did they first regroup?  It was on April 8, 1989 at Lausanne, Switzerland.  They were joined by Charlie Hodge, Kathy Westmoreland, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, and a Swiss guitarist and singer named Steve Payntor.  It took folks in another country to see the potential in getting these guys back together.  Why do people in Europe and Japan seem to appreciate our musical legends more that we do?

 

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