lvis Presley is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in music, so it's no wonder that his music is still listened to 40 years after his death. Elvis Presley died on August 16th 1977 at his home, Graceland, in Memphis Tennessee from heart failure. The cause of the heart failure was the overuse of prescription drugs and bad eating habits. One of these bad eating habits was his favourite sandwich which was peanut butter, bacon and banana.
However, Elvis only lived like that for the last 10 months of his life. Before then he was into fitness and was even a black belt in karate. Elvis' career blew up after the release of his songs 'That's All Right' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky' in 1954 but he also served in the army between 1958 and 1960. It was while he was in the army and stationed in Germany where he met his future wife and mother of his child, Priscilla Presley.
While being married to Elvis was probably every teenage girls dream during the 1950's and 60's, the two, like any other married couple, had their problems. Elvis was away a lot, whether it was recording new music, out in Las Vegas doing a live show, or filming a new movie. The problem with this was that both probably became lonely and both are guilty of seeking company elsewhere. But that's a story for another time.
One thing about Elvis, that anyone that knew him could tell you, is that he was very generous. One of the most famous stories of his generosity is that after one of his shows, he climbed into the back of his limo and asked the driver whether he owned the limo or whether it was owned by the company he worked for. When the driver said it was the company's, Elvis simply replied with, "Well, you own it now," and bought him the limo.
Elvis Presley's home Graceland is now open to the public and has been since June 1982. It is the second most-visited place in America, after the White House. Elvis bought the mansion in 1957 when he was just 22 years old, and George W. Bush became the first sitting President to visit the mansion. Elvis lived in this house for two decades and both himself and his parents are buried in the grounds. However, Elvis' body was only moved to the grounds of Graceland after three men attempted to steal his body.
Elvis' most popular shows are probably The '68 Comeback Special, That's the Way It Is, and Aloha from Hawaii, all of which were performed inside of the United States. This is because Elvis never performed outside of the United States. The main reason for this was because his manager Colonel Tom Parker was an illegal immigrant and feared he would not be allowed back in if they ever left.
With the Elvis fanbase being massive and with millions of impersonators around the world, everyone has their own opinions on what the best Elvis songs are. A recent survey by Rolling Stone magazine, narrows the best songs down to 'Mystery Train', 'Kentucky Rain', 'An American Trilogy', 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Love me Tender', 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'In the Ghetto', 'If I Can Dream' and, of course, 'Suspicious Minds'.