January 8, 1935, marks the birth of Elvis Presley, the man destined to become a legend in rock and roll. Here are five shocking facts you probably didn't know about Elvis Presley...
Elvis Had a Twin Elvis was born on Jan. 8, 1935 at his parent’s small home in Mississippi … but he wasn’t the only one born that night. Jesse, who would have been Elvis’ older brother by 35 minutes, was stillborn, and buried the next day in an unmarked grave at the Priceville Cemetery in Tupelo. Throughout his career, Elvis would mention his twin from time to time, but most people never realized that there were almost two, identical Elvises in the world … I guess you could say, “There can be only one.”
Elvis Got His Name From His Father, but the Origin of "Elvis" Is Unknown Elvis' first name came from his father's middle name (Vernon Elvis Presley), but the origin of the name itself is unknown. One theory holds that it's actually a rare last name derived from Elwes; another says that it's derived from Alviss, an Old Norse name taken from mythology meaning "all-wise." Yet another potential origin is that it's related to the names Elvin or Alvin, which come from Old English names like Ealdwine. It was also a variant of the name of an Irish saint from the 6th century and has been used as the anglicized form of Ailbhe, an Irish name used for both men and women.
Elvis Owned FDR’s Presidential Yacht “The Potomac” This one seems like something that was really made up, but I can assure you — it wasn’t. After FDR’s death spelled the end of his “floating White House,” the boat went through a few other owners before none other than the King himself purchased the boat in 1964 for a whopping $50,000. The boat was only briefly owned by Elvis however, and he soon after donated it to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to raise money.Ironically, the boat would later wind up in the hands of some not-so patriotic peeps who used the Potomac to smuggle drugs into San Francisco. In 1980, the old, old wooden ship was seized and later restored and opened to the public as a historical piece.
Elvis' Only Grammy Wins Were for Gospel Performances Elvis' musical career is a lot more varied than the rotation of hits you hear on oldies stations would lead you to believe. He was a huge gospel fan and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Meanwhile, his only Grammy wins were for one live performance and two albums of gospel music.
Elvis Traded His Expensive Watch for One Worth About $5 Members of Led Zeppelin were big Elvis fans and finally got to meet him in 1973 in Los Angeles, apparently leaving them speechless. John Paul Jones, bassist with the band, could not think of anything to say other than to compliment Elvis on how attractive his watch was. Elvis responded by giving Jones his $5,000 watch and trading it for Jones’ watch, which featured Mickey Mouse and sold for about $5.