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5 Fun Facts about "The King" before our Tribute Show
Isle® Casino Cape Girardeau isn’t at the end of Lonely Street, but if you’ve recently found yourself trying to check into the Heartbreak Hotel we’ve got exactly what you need. On January 28th, it’s time to release your inner-hound dog; this and casino is hosting A Night with “The King”. On the last Saturday of the month, come to the event center to dance along to all of your favorite classic jams, but don’t forget to do your homework first!
Prepare properly and learn some fascinating facts about the musical icon before the show. Here are five fun facts about The King of Rock and Roll:
1. He had a twin
He was born January 8, 1935, at his parents’ home in East Tupelo, Mississippi, about 35 minutes after his identical twin, which was stillborn. The next day, his older brother was buried in an unmarked grave in nearby Priceville Cemetery. He would go on to grow up as the only child in his family.
2. He played only five concerts outside the U.S.
It’s estimated that nearly 40-percent of his music sales have been from purchases outside of the United States, but with the exception of three Canadian concerts in 1957, all of which came within a three-day span, he never performed on foreign soil. It’s rumored that this was because his manager was an illegal immigrant, and he feared he would not be let back into the country if he left.
3. He served in the Army after he was already famous
In December 1957, at which point he was already a major star, the singer was drafted into the U.S. military. He received a short deferment to finish wrapping production on the film King Creole, but soon thereafter, “The King” became just another trainee at Fort Hood in Texas. He would later ship out for assignment with the Third Armored Division in Friedberg, West Germany, where he served as a jeep driver and never failed to respond to incoming fan mail.
His first post-Army movie, the military-themed G.I. Blues, was released November of that same year, and the film’s soundtrack spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard album music chart. It remained on the chart for a total of 111 weeks, the longest of any album in his illustrious career.
4. He recorded 15 songs with the word "BLUE" in the title
...among them; Blue Christmas, Blue Suede Shoes, Blue Moon, Blue Hawaii, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Blueberry Hill, G.I. Blues, Steamroller Blues, Beach Boy Blues, Moody Blue, When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again, Mean Woman Blues, and Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues.
5. Over the course of his career, The King recorded more than 600 songs
He didn’t write any of them.
A special thanks to the Rock ‘N Roll icon for these fun facts as we all prepare for A Night with “The King” at Isle® Casino Cape Girardeau. General admission is $15, tickets are non-refundable and may be purchased either at the gift shop or online. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and you must be 21 or older to attend.