Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 78th birthday today if he were still living. I thought it might be interesting to read a few "fun facts" about The King of Rock & Roll, found from random sites, and I did not verify the accuracy:
When Elvis received a guitar for his eleventh birthday, he was disappointed; he was hoping for a bike.
Elvis was reportedly regarded by fellow students as a “trashy kid who sang hillbilly music” when he took his guitar to school and sang during lunch.
In the eighth grade, Elvis received a “C” in music.
Elvis never learned to read music.
Elvis made only one appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, in October of 1954. They never invited him back.
Elvis won Grammy Awards for Gospel recordings.
Elvis was six feet tall.
The Cleveland Browns were Elvis’ favorite football team.
Elvis’ natural hair color was blonde (in his early years) and light/dirty brown; he dyed it black.
Elvis was awarded two medals while serving in the Army, one for expert marksmanship, the other for sharpshooting.
Elvis held a black belt in karate.
Nothing can really jazz up a song list like "Mystery Train" or "Alright Mama," eh? Those songs sound as fresh today as they did in the '50's. Enjoy this link which displays terrific photos of Elvis - I especially like the one with the little dog & the baseball mitt.
Enjoy "Blue Suede Stew" in celebration on this cold January day, from page 60 of Recipe Records:
5 1/2 c. water
1 lb. stew meat
1 lg. onion, sliced
5 carrots, thinly sliced
6 ribs celery, sliced
5 potatoes, cubed
2 (16 oz.) cans tomatoes
1 (10.5 oz) can beef consomme'
1 (14.5 oz) can green beans
2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen corn
10 oz. frozen lima beans
1/2 c. barley
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. sweet basil
1 1/2 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Combine all ingredients & cook on low heat in soup pot until vegetables are tender, about 2 hours.