Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Elvis Trivia - How Good Are You?

On January 8th this year, Elvis Presley, had he lived, would have been 76 years old. The King is still as relevant today as he ever was with millions of fans around the world. Every year on the anniversaries of his birth and death in August, fans making the pilgrimage to Graceland in Memphis. The Collingwood Elvis Festival, one of the largest annual events in the world, is visited by thousands and thousands of fans. So in honour of 'E' (as his close pals called him), it's Elvis Trivia this time. As usual there are 10 questions and the answers are below the questions. So, 'thank you. Thank you very much' for playing.


1. Elvis had 19 number one hits (according to Billboard Magazine). His first one was "Heartbreak Hotel" in 1956. His last was "Suspicious Minds" in 1969. What was his SECOND number one? Was it: a. Don't Be Cruel b. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You c. Hound Dog

2. Which famous songwriting team wrote the Elvis hits "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock"? They're in the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (HINT: They also wrote hits for The Coasters, Ben E. King and Peggy Lee). Are they: a. Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman b. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil c. Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

3. Where did Elvis perform his final concert in 1977? Was it: a. Memphis, Tennessee b. Indianapolis, Indiana c. Jacksonville, Florida

4. Here's an easy one for you, hopefully. SUN Records in Memphis was the first label to sign and record Elvis. A few years later, the owner of Sun Records (who's in the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame himself) sold Elvis' contract to RCA. What was his name? a. Dewey Phillips b. Sam Phillips c. Knox Phillips

5. Elvis only ever performed in one country other than the U.S. In 1957, Presley gave concerts in 3 Canadian cities. Were they: a. Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa b. Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto c. Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa

6. How many times did Elvis perform live on Ed Sullivan's Sunday night CBS television show? Was it: a. Once b. Twice c. Three times

7. The "Elvis" TV special (sometimes referred to as the 'comeback' special) aired on NBC on December 3, 1968. Where did they tape it? Was it in: a. Burbank b. New York c. Nashville

8. Elvis worked with many actresses in 31 feature films for Hollywood, including Mary Tyler Moore, Nancy Sinatra, Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeannie") and Donna Douglas ("The Beverly Hillbillies), but can you name the only actress to co-star in 3 Elvis films? Was she: a. Shelley Fabares c. Ann Margaret c. Juliett Prowse

9. When Elvis started touring, he worked with Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass (they later added drummer D.J. FOntana). What was the name that Elvis, Bill and Scotty sometimes used early on. Was it: a. The Black Hills Boys b. The Blue Ridge Boys c. The Blue Moon Boys

10. What was the nickname of the entourage that always surrounded Elvis? Was it: a. The Memphis Mafia b. The Memphis Mob c. The Presley Posse


1. The second number one for Elvis was b. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You. Don't Be Cruel was his 3rd and Hound Dog was his 4th number one.

2. That legendary songwriting team was c. Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller who wrote 24 song that Elvis recorded, among them hits such as Don't, King Creole, Loving You, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Treat Me Nice, Trouble and Bossa Nova Baby.

3. Elvis final concert was in c. Jacksonville Florida in 1977.

4. SUN Records was owned by Sam Phillips, who also produced Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins among others. Dewey Phillips was the Memphis disc jockey who, in 1954, first played an Elvis song on the radio and Knox Phillips was Sam's son.

5. On April 2nd 1957, Elvis performed 2 shows at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, on April 3rd he performed in Ottawa and on August 31, he performed at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, so the correct answer is a.

6. Elvis performed 3 times on the Ed Sullivan Show, so the correct answer is c. The first time (with guest host, actor Charles Laughton as Ed Sullivan had been in a car accident) was September 9, 1956. The second time (Ed was back by then) was October 28, 1956 and the final appearance was January 6, 1957. This is the famous performace where Elvis was only shown from the waist up as Ed and CBS had had negative comments after his first two appearances.

7. The NBC TV special "Elvis" was taped at NBC's Studio 4 in Burbank in June of 1968 and aired at 9PM (EST) on December 3, 1968. It was the highest rated television program of the week and was the most watched TV special of 1968 by women 18 to 49.

8. The correct answer is a. Shelley Fabares who co-starred with Elvis in 3 feature films, 1965's "Girl Happy", "Spinout" in 1966 and "Clambake" in 1967. Juliette Prowse was only in one Elvis film, "G. I Blues" in 1960. Ann Margaret's only Elvis film was 1964's "Viva Las Vegas".

9. Early on, Elvis, Soctty and Bill sometimes went by the name Blue Moon Boys, so the correct is c.

10. Elvis entourage was known as The memphis Mafia.

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