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Birthday Elvis Presley

“You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine"

~ "Hound Dog," recorded 1956 by Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

Elvis Presley, born today in 1935 in Tupelo Mississippi, achieved worldwide recognition through his hit recording of "Hound Dog" in 1956. Elvis made his band record 31 takes of the song, over several hours, until he was satisfied with the right version. In the end, Presley chose version 28, declaring: "This is the one.” The song had already been a blues hit for Big Mama Thornton in 1953 and with many different covers, is now deemed one of the best-selling singles of all time! Elvis's Scottish roots have been traced back to a blacksmith, Andrew Presley, in the 1700s living in the village of Lonmay, Aberdeenshire. This Presley's son emigrated to America roughly near the times of the Jacobite uprisings. Interestingly, Elvis Presley's one visit to the UK was at Prestwick Airport, Scotland in 1960, after finishing his American Army National service! He stopped over in Ayrshire for two hours to great fanfare! 💽 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇺🇸

Elvis Aaron Presley  (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King".

Elvis Presley's roots can be traced back to a village in Aberdeenshire, according to a Scottish author.  Purportedly, the musical icon's ancestors lived in Lonmay in the 1700s.   Scotland was also the location for The King's only visit to the UK, a brief landing at Prestwick Airport in 1960.


One of two tartans designed for Elvis Presley, this one features the local colours of Lonmay, designed  by Mike King of Philip King Ltd of Aberdeen after news of his 18th ancestors showed origins in the village of Lonmay. 

According to Andrew Morrison of Greenock, genealogical  research found that the singer was the direct descendant of a blacksmith, who lived 300 years ago in Lonmay in Aberdeenshire.  The family was tracked back to an Andrew Presley of Lonmay, whose son emigrated to America at the time of the Jacobite rebellion.

Morrison's genealogical research traced the Presley family from its humble Scottish roots through eight generations and discovered ancestors who fought in the American Wars of Independence and the Civil War.

This tribute tartan made up of four different colours - blue, grey, green and yellow -  blue to represent the nearby town of Peterhead - the Blue Toon - as well as grey for the skies, green for countryside grass, and yellow for local cornfields.

Before becoming identified with the white fringed outfits of the 1970's, Elvis often dressed in the colour green, with many portraits showing him in his famous green jacket, green sweaters, and green shirts!

For more on Elvis' Scottish roots, click Elvis in green!