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10 Things Elvis Presley Would Have Tweeted
The prolific tweeting of today’s pop stars might lead one to wonder what Elvis Presley’s timeline would have looked like if the technology had existed in his day. If you’ve ever been curious what sort of things The King might have tweeted, here are ten of the possibilities.
- “Got my first guitar from @TupeloHardware today!” – In 1946, an eleven-year-old Elvis spent his birthday money to buy a $7.90 guitar from the Tupelo Hardware store.
- “The @HumesHighSchool talent show went well. Now to cut two demos! #MyHappiness #ThatsWhenYourHeartacheBegins” – Elvis graduated from Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1953. As a student at Humes, he performed in the school talent contest; after graduation, he made acetate disc demos of “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartache Begins.”
- “Just signed with @HankSnow and @ColTomParker. In talks with #RCA now!” – Presley’s 1955 management contract with Hank Snow Productions, a joint venture between Snow and Colonel Tom Parker, led to his contract with RCA records.
- “I just released my first #RCA single. Fingers crossed that it does well! #HeartbreakHotel” – The 1956 release of Elvis Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel,” led to a Billboard No. 1 single and was Elvis’ first record to sell more than a million copies.
- “Time to do my part for @UncleSam. Headed to #Germany.” – Upon his March, 1958 draft, Elvis was posted in Germany and served in the U.S. Army. Two years later, he’d be discharged and would begin filming his fifth film, entitled “GI Blues.”
- “@PricillaBeaulieu and I got married today! #LasVegas” – In May of 1967, Presley married twenty-one-year-old Pricilla Beaulieu in a private Las vegas ceremony. Nine months later, Pricilla would give birth to their only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
- “Getting back into live performing with a gig at @InternationalHotel in #LasVegas.” – The 1968 NBC television special that would later be called “The ’68 Comeback Special” led to an attendance record-breaking show in Las Vegas the next year, where Elvis recorded his first live album.
- “Filming a documentary about the new tour. I really like this #jumpsuit.” – “Elvis, That’s the Way It Is” was Presley’s 32nd film. The 1970 documentary chronicled his touring experience and the birth of his iconic jumpsuit and cape combo.
- “My new concert event will be broadcast live across the world! #AlohaFromHawaii” – The 1973 television event “Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii” made entertainment history by being seen by an estimated 1.5 billion people in 40 countries. The album recording would be the last Billboard No. 1 album of Presley’s life.
- “I’m playing a concert tonight in #Indianapolis! Hope to see you there!” – Presley’s June 26, 1977 performance in Indianapolis, Indiana would be the last of his life. Less than two months from the date of that concert, he died in his Memphis home, Graceland.
The fascinating life of the man known as the King of Rock and Roll would have undoubtedly made for equally captivating tweets, if social networking had been a fixture in his era. His meteoric rise and spectacular fall is the stuff of legend even now, more than three decades after his tragic death.
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