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Happy birthday Elvis: 75 reasons to love the King on his 75th!

Elvis Presley was born 75 years ago today. To mark the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of 75 reasons to be grateful for the King’s existence, which you’ll find after the jump.

But have we Taken Care of Business? Or should we be leaving the building in shame for what we’ve left off? Take a look and tell us what you think.


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“That’s All Right”

“Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”

“Heartbreak Hotel”

His hair

His sideburns

The fact that his hair stylist Larry Geller was also his spiritual mentor

His pelvis

The fact that “Pelvis” rhymes with “Elvis”

“Love Me Tender”

“Love Me Tender” (the laughing version)

“Jailhouse Rock” (the song)

Jailhouse Rock (the movie)

The fact that, as a child, Kurt Russell appeared with him in It Happened At the World’s Fair

…and then played him in Elvis - The Movie

Aloha from Hawaii

The irony of Richard Nixon giving him a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge

Elvis Presley (the album)

Elvis’ Christmas Album

A Date With Elvis

“Guitar Man”

“Mystery Train” (the song)

Mystery Train (the movie)

Stephen King’s short story, “You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band”

“Don’t Be Cruel”

“Viva Las Vegas”

Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas

The legend that, after Viva Las Vegas, he sent flowers to Ann-Margret’s dressing room whenever she performed until the day he died

“Polk Salad Annie”

“In the Ghetto”

His karate moves

His postage stamp

“A Little Less Conversation”

The album artwork of The Clash’s London Calling

Elvis Costello

Dread Zeppelin

Kirsty MacColl’s “There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis”

Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power”

The fact that he named his plane “Lisa Marie”

“Return to Sender”

Scotty Moore

James Burton

The Jordanaires

The fact that tabloid journalists call British folk-rock legend Linda Thompson under the misapprehension that she is the same Linda Thompson who dated him in the ’70s

The fact that British folk-rock legend Linda Thompson enjoys pretending to tabloid journalists that she is the same Linda Thompson who dated him in the ’70s

This thing

His Vegas-era outfits

“Thin” Elvis impersonators

“Fat” Elvis impersonators

Mexican Elvis impersonators

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (laughing version)

His signing to RCA which bankrolled Sun Records

Most Sun Records acts

Most rock acts, period

The Million Dollar Quartet

The very small chance that he might still be alive

Peter Guralnick’s book Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

Peter Guralnick’s book Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

Are You Hungry Tonight?: Elvis’ Favorite Recipes

King Creole

Priscilla Presley in Naked Gun

Val Kilmer in True Romance

Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-Tep

Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart

“Hound Dog”

“All Shook Up”


Mulder visiting Graceland while on holiday in The X-Files

The ‘68 Comeback Special

“Suspicious Minds”

His penchant for singing “Shove it up your nose!” while performing “Suspicious Minds”

His love for his mother

His love for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches


“Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building”

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