I wouldn’t call girls a hobby. It’s a pastime.
Any audience, as a rule, goes for a fast number.
I don’t like to be called Elvis the Pelvis. It’s one of the most childish expressions I’ve ever heard coming from an adult. But if they wanna call me that, there’s nothin’ I can do about it, so I just have to accept it. Just like you gotta accept the good with the bad, the bad with the good.
When I started singing, I weighed 153 pounds. I weigh 184 now. I haven’t gotten any taller, but I’m putting on a little more weight.
I like pork chops and country ham, creamed potatoes, stuff like that. Redeye gravy. It comes from ham, bacon, stuff like that. It’s the grease that you fry it in. I eat a lot of Jell-O. Fruit Jell-O.
I never have tasted alcohol.
In public, I like real conservative clothes, something that’s not too flashy. But onstage, I like ’em as flashy as you can get ’em.
mother goes to town now and she buys anything she wants, which makes me feel real good.
All my life, I’ve always had a nice time. We never had any money or nothin’, but we never were hungry, you know. That’s something to be thankful for.
The only exercise I get is on the stage. If I didn’t get that, I’d get a little round around the tummy, as much as I eat.
The only kind of trouble I’ve ever been in is when I was stealing eggs when I was little. I think I know right from wrong.
I would like to learn how to act in the movies.
The thing I like about success is to know that you’ve got so many friends. A lot of real close friends that I’ve made since I’ve been in the business.
I don’t think it’s very good to work in your hometown.
I went into Sun Records and there was a guy in there took down my name, told me he might call me sometime. So he called me about a year and a half later, and I went in and made my first record, “That’s All Right, Mama.”
Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people just sway back and forth. I just started doin’ my altogether, I guess.
I watch my audience and listen to ’em, and I know that we’re all getting somethin’ out of our system. None of us knows what it is. The important thing is we’re getting rid of it and nobody’s getting hurt.
The first car I bought was the most beautiful car I’ve ever seen. It was secondhand, but I parked it outside of my hotel the day I got it. I sat up all night, just lookin’ at it.
I haven’t met the girl yet, but I will, and I hope I won’t be too long, ’cause I get lonesome sometimes.
Critics have a job to do and they do it.
You have to put on a show for people in order to draw a crowd. If I just stood out there and sang and didn’t move a muscle, then people would say, My goodness, I can stay home and listen to his records. You have to give them a show.
I hate to turn anybody down who wants an autograph.
The Colonel has a lot of friends in the entertainment business.
My mother never really wanted anything fancy. She just stayed the same all the way through the whole thing. I wish – there’s a lot of things happened since she passed away that would’ve made her very happy and very proud. But that’s life.
It takes time to accomplish certain things. You can’t overstep your bounds.
I’m not knocking people who like golf and tennis, but I like rugged sports – boxing, football, karate, things like that. I have a great ambition to play football. The thing I keep up with most is professional football. I know all the players, I know all their numbers.
I don’t read any of the books that other people read.