Although he was recorded as 6 feet and 1/2 inches tall in his Army medical records, site user Ramiro discovered that Elvis actually measured in at 5 feet, 11 inches on one occasion (See Here). His chest measured 42 inches, his waist 30, and his height was 11 and a half inches. His shoe size was 9. Although he said “even six foot” on a couple of occasions when asked, he also said “Six-One and a half” once.
At 17, he was recorded as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 153 pounds; by the time he was in his twenties, he was 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He was 6 feet and 1 inch tall and weighed 160 pounds in a firearms registration form from 1970.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Gladys and Vernon Presley on January 8, 1935, in East Tupelo, Mississippi. Another twin brother of his was stillborn at birth. Elvis Presley and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and he enrolled at Humes High School the following year. With the senior female he was seeing at the time, Regis Wilson, he went to the prom in 1953.
When he was done with high school in Memphis, Elvis worked as a truck driver for Crown Electric Company and an usher at a local movie theatre. He first performed under the name “The Hillbilly Cat” in his hometown, before signing with a regional label and then, in 1955, with RCA. Elvis’s contributions to the development of rock and roll are significant.
Starting out, he was a rockabilly singer, an upbeat genre that combines elements of country and rhythm and blues. His uncensored stage and broadcast performances, as well as his innovative covers of popular songs that fused ‘black’ and ‘white’ sounds, propelled him to fame and controversy.
He also made some rock and roll recordings; subsequent songs like “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hound Dog” are classic examples of this type. Due to his adaptable singing style, Presley was able to achieve unprecedented levels of popularity in a variety of musical styles beyond rock and roll and his height. His overtly sexual antics, especially the one that earned him the moniker “Elvis the Pelvis,” sent teenage girls into a frenzy (television cameras were not permitted to film below his waist).
Elvis Presley was conscripted in 1958 and sent to the military base at Bad Nauheim in Germany. There, he met Priscilla Ann Wagner (later Priscilla Presley), a 14-year-old army damsel with whom he would have his sole child, Lisa Marie Presley, eight years later after a courtship spanning the duration of both of their lives. Elvis’ concert revenue was cut by his time in the military and the “British Invasion” of the 1960s, but his film and album earnings were unaffected.
Elvis Presley moved to Hollywood and spent the most of the 1960s there, where he starred in 33 films, the vast majority of which were musicals in which he costarred with many other Hollywood A-listers. Even though most critics hated on his movies, he still made over $150 million at the box office. His final work of fiction, Change of Habit (1969), tackles a number of controversial topics: a romance between two church members; an autistic child; rape; mob violence; and other societal difficulties. It’s been getting rave reviews as of late. Beginning in early 1970, Elvis performed over 57 sold-out gigs in Las Vegas, marking his comeback in the 1970s.
He made nearly 500 live engagements around the United States, many to packed houses. He had a divorce, started gaining weight, and became dependent on stimulants and depressants, all of which contributed to the breakdown of his marriage and his overall health. When Elvis Presley passed away on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42, it sent shockwaves through his global fan base.
He passed away at his Graceland estate in Memphis. More than 600 million copies of his songs and albums had been sold when he passed away. Since his passing, millions of fans have flocked to Graceland. Comic fodder, Elvis impersonators and sightings are old hat. Elvis Presley is the only artist in history to be admitted into three different “Halls of Fame” for his musical contributions. One of the best-selling and most influential performers in the history of popular music, he established records for concert attendance, television ratings, and recording sales throughout his career.