"Heartbreak Hotel" was Elvis' first #1 hit on the US Billboard pop charts and also earned him his first gold record. Bill Clinton's first US presidential campaign received a much-needed boost when he played this song on the saxophone as a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show.
The melody for "Love Me Tender" is based on "Aura Lee", a ballad written in 1861 by W.W. Fosdick and Geo R. Poulton. RCA Records received over 1 million pre-orders for "Love Me Tender", making it the first single to ship as a gold record before it was released.
Elvis was first introduced to Karate in the army and earned his first-degree black belt in 1960 under Chito-Ryu stylist Hank Slemansky. Later, Elvis trained in a Memphis dojo under Master Kang Rhee, who bestowed upon him a seventh-degree black belt, before Elvis opened his own center, the Tennessee Karate Institute.