The King! How many people can carry a title like that and live up to it? Not many, but Elvis certainly did. A true Wildcatter, he was a poor boy from Mississippi who actually lived the American dream. He grew up poor, had a father who served jail time, and was working for Crown Electric Company as a truck driver when he became one of the, if not the, most famous person in the world…AND he loved his mommy! He was a good boy. He is a person who only needs one name and one title. Elvis, The King…‘nuff said. Happy Birthday! How one earns the title of THE KING:
Over a billion records sold worldwide.
149 songs to appear on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop chart with 114 of those songs in the top forty, 40 in the top ten, and 18 were number one songs.
Over 90 charted albums with 10 of them reaching number one.
Starred in 31 feature films, and was at one time Hollywood’s top box office draw.
14 Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins. 6 recordings have been inducted into the NARAS Hall of Fame.
Elvis, for many years was the top-earning deceased celebrity, continuing to make sales of reissued songs and remixes of his songs.
Presley has been inducted into four music halls of fame: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986), the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (1997), the Country Music Hall of Fame (1998), and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2001).
“America has had 44 Presidents…but only one KING!”