Thirty-four years after his shocking death, Elvis Presley remains the greatest star of rock 'n' roll history and one of most popular and influential of American icons.
Here are some more things you may not have known about the man who made songs like "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "Can't Help Falling in Love" internationally beloved.
* Elvis had at least 18 televisions in his Graceland mansion, including one above his bed in the master bedroom.
* Elvis idolized singer Dean Martin as well as General Douglas MacArthur.
* While meeting with President Richard Nixon, Elvis gave him a .45-caliber Colt revolver from World War II.
* Dedicated fan and actor Nicholas Cage built a shrine to Elvis in his house (Cage was also briefly married to Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie).
* On the Steve Allen TV show in 1956, Elvis was forced to sing "Hound Dog" to a real-live basset hound on stage. He never forgot the humiliation.
* Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was reportedly an illegal immigrant (from Holland) and this prevented him Elvis from ever touring overseas. Parker also allegedly received 50 percent of Elvis’ huge earnings (well above the normal 15 percent rate).
* Pat Buttram, who played the eccentric con-man “Mister Haney” on the popular 1960s television series "Green Acres" reportedly based the character on Tom Parker.
* Before his induction into the U.S. Army in 1957, Elvis has been earning $400,000 per month. His military stipend was $78 per month.
* For some reason, the RCA record company refused to sell to Elvis a Steinway piano in a Nashville recording studio where Elvis made many of his biggest hits.
* Elvis was a huge fan of British avant-comedy troupe Monty Python.