These 15 Musicians Are Also Military Veterans

If you think musicians and the military, you might think of The Andrews Sisters, local acts playing to spur war bond donations, or maybe Jane Fonda’s infamous singalong in Vietnam. Plenty of musicians served in the military, though, and some saw active duty as well — if they stayed enlisted for that long.Whatever their respective circumstances, the time these 15 musicians spent in the military left an indelible mark on their lives and shaped their careers.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was the King of music in the 1950s, but his military career was decidedly less royal. That was by design, though. In January 1957, Presley received word he’d been chosen for selective service. The military planned on using him to spur recruitment drives, but Presley turned them down. He wanted to join the Army as an ordinary soldier, only requesting the government allow him to finish filming King Creole. He wasn’t quite as immune to the star treatment as he’d intended, though.

Elvis Presley

Presley went from Fort Chaffee in Arkansas to Fort Hood, then to Friedburg, Germany, where he me his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu. He recorded new records while on leave, paid to move his father closer to him following his mother’s death in 1958, and starred in the comedy film G.I. Blues (1960) with several fellow soldiers as extras. Unable to give up a life of privilege, Presley proved he could juggle life as a sergeant and celebrity.