Guitars, Guns and Law Enforcement; The Strange Secrets of Elvis Presley

By: Harry Foster

Elvis Presley changed pop music forever, his unique style opened the door for countless acts after him, including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. However there was a lot more to the King than simply swinging his hips in his blue suede shoes.

It’s almost a surprise that Elvis ever got into music. As a kid the King reportedly asked for a rifle or a bike for his birthday, but his mama opted to get him a guitar instead. Following this, after discovering his musical talents he applied to join a gospel group called The Songfellows, in 1954, but was denied. However, Elvis didn’t have to deal with rejection for long - that same year a local DJ played Elvis’ version of That’s All Right 13 times in a single day and within two years he was a national star!

After achieving fame and fortune Elvis turned his sights on another career - law enforcement. When meeting with United States President Richard Nixon, Elvis, a collector of police badges, stated his commitment to protecting The United States and asked for a special agent’s badge from The Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Nixon agreed and Elvis received the badge over lunch. Considering he was also a black-belt in karate, perhaps the King would have made for an effective special agent!

Nixon and Presley in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970


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