700,000 GRACELAND VISITORS A YEAR CAN’T BE WRONG
Of the 98 Elvis albums to make the Top 200 album chart, the number released by RCA since his death: 23.
Number of Elvis network TV specials during his lifetime: 2.
Number of Elvis network TV specials since his death: 5.
Actors who have played Elvis in TV movies: Kurt Russell (“Elvis” in 1979), Don Johnson (“Elvis and the Beauty Queen” in 1981), Dale Midkiff (“Elvis and Me” in 1988) and Rick Peter (“Elvis Meets Nixon,” airing next Sunday).
Life imitating art: After playing Elvis and wife Priscilla in “Elvis,” Kurt Russell and Season Hubley, above, were married (they later divorced).
Biggest price brought by an Elvis-related item at a Christie’s auction: $138,000 (for a 1942 Martin D18 acoustic guitar, sold in 1993).
Value today of a pair of Elvis souvenir shoes that retailed in 1956 for $4.99: $1,000.
Value today of the box the souvenir shoes came in: $500.
Favorite Elvis songs in a 1991 poll of 66 Elvis impersonators: “An American Trilogy” (the 1972 recording that combines “Dixie,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “All My Trials”), “Suspicious Minds” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
Value of unreturned concert tickets held by fans from what would have been Elvis’ final tour: $600,000.
Number of college courses on Elvis offered in U.S.: 300.
The book written about Elvis most likely to make David Letterman’s Top 10 list: “I Called Him Babe: Elvis Presley’s Nurse Remembers.”
Second most likely: “Elvis, We Loved You Tender,” by his stepmother, Dee Stanley, and her three sons.
Number of floral arrangements delivered to Graceland in the two days after his death: 3,166.
Number of cars in the Elvis funeral procession: 49.
Cost of Elvis’ funeral: $23,789.73.
Annual number of visitors to Graceland, where his grave is located: 700,000.
Money spent annually in Memphis, Tenn., by Graceland tourists: $150 million.
Number of different souvenir items available in the Graceland gift shop: 2,500.
Cheapest Graceland souvenir: 35-cent postcards.
Most expensive: custom Elvis jukebox, $12,000 (250 are manufactured each year).
Item that draws the most gift shop attention: a phone with an Elvis figure that wiggles his hips and that plays “Jailhouse Rock” every time the phone rings ($80).
Number of Elvis fan clubs worldwide: More than 500.
Growth in value of the Presley estate between August 1977 and today: 8,233% (from $3 million to more than $250 million).
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