Elvis Presley by the Numbers

alex atkins bookshelf booksToday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley (1935-1977). But Presley, known as the King of Rock ‘n Roll (or simply, the King), is much more than a music legend — he is a multi-generational cultural phenomenon. Although Elvis has permanently left the building, he is very much alive today — in music, in film, in art, pop culture, and tourism. Each year, more than half a million of the King’s faithful make the pilgrimage to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, which opened to the public in 1982. And each year, hundreds of babies are named either Elvis or Presley (for example, in 2012 183 babies were named Elvis; 1,659 babies were named Presley). Bookshelf looks at the enduring influence of Elvis Presley by the numbers.

Annual visitors to Graceland: 600,000

Price of admission: $25 (adult); $68 (VIP tour)

Amount Elvis paid for Graceland in 1957: $102,500

Size of Graceland: 10,266 square feet on 13.8 acres

Value of Graceland today: $78-100 million

Average annual earnings of Elvis Presley Enterprises: $40 million

Sales price of Elvis Presley Enterprises: 85% share of company sold for $100 million in 2005

Albums sold: 134.5 million

Best-performing album: Blue Hawaii, selling over 2 million units

Units sold: more than 1 billion

Hot 100 Hits: 108

Top 40 hits: 114 (18 climbed the charts to number 1)

Charted albums: 126

Gold albums from Recording Industry Association of America: 90

Platinum albums: 52

Multiplatinum albums: 25

Encores that Elvis performed at his concerts: 0

Feature films: 31 (and 2 concert documentaries) (His favorite film was King Creole, 1958)

Years on Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities: 7 (earning more than $565 million in past 12 years)

Official licenses for Elvis merchandise: 260

Grammy Awards: 3

Hall of Fame inductions: 3 (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame)

Amount paid for appearing on Ed Sullivan show in 1956: $50,000

People who watched the Ed Sullivan show: 54 million (almost a third of the entire U.S. population at that time)

People who attended Presley’s funeral in 1977: 80,000

Results for Elvis books on Amazon: 3,521

Book that Elvis was reading at the time of his death: The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus by Frank Adams

Drugs found in Elvis’ body in autopsy: 10

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For further reading: https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/life/music/2013/08/07/elvis-by-the-numbers/2628057/

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