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Elvis Presley was born 75 years ago today. To mark the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of 75 reasons to be grateful for the King’s existence, which you’ll find after the jump.

But have we Taken Care of Business? Or should we be leaving the building in shame for what we’ve left off? Take a look and tell us what you think.


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His hair

His sideburns

His pelvis

The fact that “Pelvis” rhymes with “Elvis”

Jailhouse Rock (the movie)

The fact that, as a child, Kurt Russell appeared with him in It Happened At the World’s Fair

…and then played him in Elvis – The Movie

Aloha from Hawaii

Elvis Presley (the album)

Elvis’ Christmas Album

A Date With Elvis

Mystery Train (the movie)

Stephen King’s short story, “You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band”

Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas

The legend that, after Viva Las Vegas, he sent flowers to Ann-Margret’s dressing room whenever she performed until the day he died

His postage stamp

The album artwork of The Clash’s London Calling

Elvis Costello

Dread Zeppelin

Scotty Moore

James Burton

The Jordanaires

His Vegas-era outfits

“Thin” Elvis impersonators

“Fat” Elvis impersonators

His signing to RCA which bankrolled Sun Records

Most Sun Records acts

Most rock acts, period

The Million Dollar Quartet

The very small chance that he might still be alive

Peter Guralnick’s book Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

Peter Guralnick’s book Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

King Creole

Priscilla Presley in Naked Gun

Val Kilmer in True Romance

Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-Tep


Mulder visiting Graceland while on holiday in The X-Files

The ’68 Comeback Special

His love for his mother

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