He remains one of the world’s most loved singers decades after his death, although many fans are unaware that Elvis was once investigated by police.
While the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ wowed audiences around the globe with his incredible talent, immaculate hair, trendy style and swinging hips, it was actually his promiscuous dance moves that got him in trouble with the cops.
One particular incident occurred in 1957 after a sell-out show at the iconic Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles. Local police had warned Elvis that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage. The local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act.
The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance. Luckily for fans and Elvis, they found there was no reason for him to be arrested for indecency.
His jerky body movements were described as vulgar by the critics but it had his fans screaming out for more. Many still remember the nickname “Elvis the Pelvis”. Some of his concerts organisers even enforced the “no wiggle rule”, forcing the performer to stand still while he sang.
In 1956 Presley told TV Guide why he danced that way. “I just get kinda in rhythm with the music,” Elvis said. “I jump around to it because I enjoy what I’m doin’. I’m not tryin’ to be vulgar, I’m not tryin’ to sell any sex… I just enjoy what I’m doin’ and tryin’ to make the best of it.”
Elvis continues to make headlines after all these years, with former wife Priscilla Presley making it her duty to ensure Elvis’ memory lives on. During an interview with Sunday Night earlier this year, the 73-year-old admitted the ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ singer wouldn’t believe all the interest people still have in him.
“Elvis would never have believed that his home is now a museum but would have loved it and would have been the first tour guide because that is the first thing he did, was show his place,” she said.
During the interview, she spoke of how private Elvis was as a person but how she was forced to open the family home to the public shortly after his death in 1977. She had a lot of debt that she couldn’t pay off and thought that opening Graceland to Elvis’ fans was a great way for his memory to always live on.