I’ve heard the stories about white panties, but I need the real deal–what did Elvis Presley like in bed?

One answer is “the costars of his movies.” But the King loved to introduce the ladies to “Little Elvis,” and many of them wrote tell-all books, so we know a fair bit about his preferences. Some of them are unsurprising: Presley liked girls who could give “great head,” for example. Others confirm his status as a gentleman: his chosen method of birth control was to pull out and finish with his hand. And some of Presley’s proclivities are legendary: he liked girls in lacy white panties, with some pubic hair coming out the sides. His biggest turnoff was women who were mothers; if he found out a girlfriend had ever had a baby, he lost all sexual interest in her.

As he got older, Presley sometimes just wanted a girl to sleep with–literally. He found it easier to fall asleep if there was a woman in the same bed. Presley preferred petite women; he especially didn’t want them to have large hands or feet. And although he was straight, Presley handled passes from gay men gracefully, usually turning them down by saying, “Hey, that just ain’t my style.”

(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, published by Three Rivers Press, written by Gavin Edwards.)