Anécdotas 4

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Anecdote at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas
December 1976. Elvis's love for his fans.

George Klein would comment on Elvis's performances, at his last performances in Las Vegas in December 1976. George saw two shows and recognized that Elvis had put on two good shows and probably to impress his new girlfriend Ginger Alden.
After the show, Elvis walked back to his Suite, he was accompanied by the security guys and also with part of the Hotel Security.
They went up as usual in the service elevator and arrived at the floor where Elvis was staying and when they began to walk down the hallway a young guy with a camera appeared coming out of one of the entrances to the stairs. No one knew if he was a Fan or a member of the Press.
The young man asked Elvis:
"Mr. Presley, can I take your photo? Please?"
The reaction of the Security guys would be immediate, grabbing him and pinning him against the wall. One of them took his camera and when he was about to destroy the film, Elvis, who was surprised, told him in a powerful voice:
  “Stop, stop, stop, Don't do that. "He also let him go. But everyone knew that he could have been crazy or someone aggressive and they understood that they were doing their job well. But Elvis explained to them that the boy respectfully asked him for a photo and also asked him please, he neither ran nor did Elvis told them not to be so hard on people and then addressed the boy:
  "Sir, are you a professional photographer?" The boy said, "No sir, Mr. Presley." Elvis added: “Look sir, because you politely asked me if you could take my photo, I'm going to return the favor. What do you want now? Sequence of images of something or someone in motion? Smile? Karate moves? Come on."
Then the boy smiled like a happy child and started clicking for a private photoshoot with Elvis.
Elvis posed for him, with various poses and even advised him on angles to take a good photo.
Once the impromptu session was over, Elvis again thanked the boy for his good manners with a handshake. He told the security guys that he wanted the incident to serve as a lesson, considering that the people who approached did not have to be hired thugs.
George Klein knew that this was another example of how much he loved and appreciated Elvis's fans.
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"A peculiar policeman in action, Elvis Presley"

On March 26, 1976, Elvis was on his way home to Graceland at night when he was driving down I-240 and came upon an accident.
There were several stalled cars that had collapsed and Elvis pulled over to the side of the road and offered his help. The surprise was greatest when they saw the famous Elvis Presley take out his honorary badge of Police Captain and attend to the injured until the Police and the rest of the rescue teams, ambulances, etc. arrived.
He really always wanted to be useful in normal life, to help people and if there was something wrong or out of the ordinary, to be able to detect it as a policeman and even arrest whoever had done any kind of infraction.
Surely for all who were there with him it would be a lucky and an amazing anecdote to tell family and friends, Elvis Presley was not only the most famous singer in the world, he was also so great as a person and Police to watch out for people.
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A special sandwich.
"The Fool's Gold Loaf"

During the recording sessions in February 1976, as was custom, unforeseen events, improvisations, and what was characterizing lately would be Elvis's sudden whims. When something got into his head, he didn't stop until he had achieved it and he pursued that idea with all his might. Logically for him, it was important to eat and that the musicians and technicians of the session were also happy.
Elvis Presley is known for his taste for high-calorie foods and whenever he tried something different that he liked, he would eat it again for pleasure and would travel several kilometers if necessary.

While they were at one of the recording sessions, he decided that he wanted to eat a sandwich that he really liked and that they only made in Denver. When he had traveled to the city to see his police officer friends, he made frequent trips to The Colorado Mine Company, a famous restaurant that served a peanut butter and jelly sandwich called "The Fool's Gold Loaf." It consisted of a loaf of white Italian bread, two tablespoons of butter, a pound of lean bacon, a large jar of Skippy Plain Peanut Butter, and a large jar of Smucker's Grape Jelly.
This time he thought of ordering food for everyone, he wanted them to try this sandwich, but he had to order and pick them up. Since he couldn't get it in Memphis, he decided to call his two pilots to start the Lisa Marie, his plane, and asked Joe Esposito to call the restaurant to order the sandwiches and send them to Stapleton Airport.
Elvis ordered 22 sandwiches, with Champagne, Perrier water and Pepsis with cracked ice. The whim was very expensive, since each Sándiwh cost $49.95 and in total with the rest of the requests it was $3,387, but adding the costs of the round trip plane to Denver added $40,000 to the total. It was clear that he was not as usual, calculating what he spent and although he was very generous, Elvis overspends what he had to do without thinking.
Elvis made this more times, for his daughter's birthday party and for a party, it was clear that he loved this sandwich.

Considering that all artists had extravagances, no one would be surprised by any of this in someone like Elvis. Especially his friends who knew that he was a different and special being, he always got what he wanted but at the same moment. He did not like to wait, nor to be contradicted because what he asked for was an order.
Elvis, genius and figure...
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Anecdotes in the Elvis Presley Concerts. 1975

In some moments the Elvis Concerts, amazing things could happen that would leave everyone surprised. There could always be surprises, but when it came to spectators, anything could happen.
On July 20, 1975 in Norfolk, Virginia. It was Elvis's first appearance at the Norfolk "Scope" auditorium. There were many fans who had been waiting for the concert for hours, including a woman with her daughter Linda, who was a super fan of Elvis Presley and this would be his first concert. She listened to all of her mother's records and liked Elvis so much that she wanted to see him to hear her favorite song "Teddy Bear". She was only seven years old, although she had a birth defect, she was a very pretty girl with red hair, with a smile that left an impression.
When they were halfway through the show one of Elvis's bodyguards who knew Linda's flaw in her was kind enough to lift her onto the stage. At that moment, Elvis found himself with his back to the back of the stage joking with the musicians and when he turned around he realized that the girl was there. Elvis fidgeted and said, "What do we have here?"
Elvis moved closer to Linda and looked directly into her face, when he realized that the girl was blind. He then he told her "Hello, girl." He then hugged her for a few minutes and asked Charlie to bring him one of her scarves. Then Elvis before placing the red scarf around her neck, kissed her and brought the scarf close to her eyes and then to theirs, then put it around her neck. He hugged her again and whispered in her ear before kissing her cheek again. It was a very beautiful gesture on Elvis's part that when he picked her up he heard Linda say "I'm very happy". Elvis had whispered something very nice to her, just for her, surely to be recorded in her dreams. The conversation that the public could not hear between Elvis and Linda, for a few moments, Elvis told him that she had heard that she listened to her records and Linda told him that she listened to him every night before going to bed. Elvis then told him the most amazing thing a fan could hear:
"I've received a lot of accolades and awards...a lot of nice things have been said about me, little girl. But none of that matters, because what I mean to you is the greatest feeling I've ever had in my life."

It was later reported that Elvis paid for tests and corrective surgery so the girl could see. This again shows her greatness as a human being and her generosity.
Elvis loved his fans and would have given everything for them, during his concerts he also wanted to make them live their dreams not only with his music. Also with a hug, a kiss or a few words, he wanted to satisfy his wishes and this is an example of his way of being generous and kind.
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"Elvis Presley, The passing of the years"
January 1975.

On his birthday, January 8, 1975, Elvis would call his friend Ed Parker at five in the morning. Ed, who already knew him well, was not surprised by this and would talk to him. Elvis was a little depressed because he said that he had turned 40, it would really give him a lot to think about, his life had gone by very fast and suddenly he thought about his age. These days he was somewhat isolated because he didn't leave Graceland, possibly because he was thinking about his things, his projects. Ed Parker described him as low in spirits in this conversation, but he knew Elvis well and knew that he would look for something to cheer himself up.
Many of Elvis's friends were well aware of his temperament and, despite the fact that he might be depressed, they knew that the reason was really due to his artistic desires, rather than his physical problems, and also in his personality there was a strength and enthusiasm that raised him in these cases with great humour.
It is true that Elvis at times had a difficult temperament to bear when he was not in a good mood and everything had to be done as he wanted, but he was also the most enthusiastic person in the world when he had something on his mind and was very capable of dragging everyone with their things, with their trips. In addition to wanting to share with all of them what he had and wanting everyone to enjoy just like him. Everyone always defined him as a person with a happy spirit and as a child, when he discovered something new, his curiosity grew and he wanted to show it to the rest. Surely this way of being saved him from the other moments in which he depended on his drugs and isolated him from the world. He needed to grow as an artist and do something different in order to feel that he was offering his music to his audience, his true love.

Elvis was also a charitable person and committed to others, because when something unforeseen happened, he always got involved and wanted to help. On January 9, 1975, a tornado ripped through McComb in Mississippi, killing 9 people but leaving hundreds homeless and millions in property losses. Elvis agrees to do a special benefit concert for the victims of the Tornado, to be held on May 5, 1975. Regardless of this special concert, Elvis would always routinely donate his money to help charities, when special circumstances happened and also to known people.
His greatness as a person was truly exceptional and as an artist as well. But unfortunately at this time he was not rewarded in the same way nor recognized despite everything he had done artistically and humanitarianly.
People magazine featured Elvis on its cover with the headline "Elvis Presley at 40." Others said "Elvis fat and 40 years old", this was very harmful for someone who wanted to follow his artistic life successfully and he had so many physical problems that he had to be hospitalized. In addition to presenting photographs that were not at all kind to his figure, there were really many envious and bad characters who were interested in making a bad press. All this was absurd, because Elvis continued to have a magnificent voice and had also gained maturity in terms of his interpretations, this is really the only thing that should have mattered to the public and the fans never complained about his physique.
On his birthday, all radio stations in the US announced Elvis Presley's birthday and played his records all day. Fortunately, the Radio treated him fairly and his songs were listened to with pride, because Elvis Presley was still an American symbol and this was what really should have mattered to him.
Elvis Presley, the man, the myth... the King!
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Elvis Presley Karate Jacket TCB Patch

Elvis designed his own karate patch for his gi, his karate suit.
He wanted something that would reflect his spirituality, his faith and his dedication.
The patch would include your logo
  "TCB", which is represented by lightning. The red ball represents the Earth. The red color symbolizes the blood of Jesus. With seven stars in the black of the sky that represent the seven days of the week and the seven colors of the rainbow.
In it the words "Faith, Spirit and Discipline" are read, they would be his way of life.
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"Mood swings and lack of control". Las Vegas 1974

Las Vegas.Hilton Hotel Season 11 August 1974
It is true that Elvis on many occasions endured situations with the best smile that another would not have tolerated in his place. But also that his temper sometimes flared up out of control because of the drugs. This unfortunately was already happening and affected his environment in situations that were difficult to control.

There are times when the fans, despite all the love and admiration of him, can become something difficult to deal with. A Fan's love is appreciated, but excess brings fatigue and desire for liberation.
One night at one of Elvis's performances at the Las Vegas Hilton showroom, backstage Elvis's friends and bodyguards could see how rewarding it was for him as he handed out his scarves to the audience. That night there was a girl who already had her own scarf and she threw it at Elvis to get her attention, he returned it to her, but the girl was insistent and threw the same scarf at him again. This went on and on, it is not known if it was for him to kiss it, so that he would pay attention to it, maybe he wanted it in a different color... or because the damned scarf had a frog inside and it kept jumping out of it. to Elvis and vice versa

"One more dream... The New Gladiators"

Elvis seemed to only really be interested in Karate, which was the only thing that gave him any real satisfaction at this time. His philosophy and the mystical aspect of his sport moved him to do something new. It would be a good moment to consider a film that would develop his attitude in the field of this sport and his instruction. Elvis with his friend and instructor Ed Parker and with the help of Jerry Schilling developed the idea of a film dedicated to karate that was also fashionable.
Although the idea had already arisen in Elvis's mind during the spring, it would be during this time in Las Vegas that the project was more seriously planned and developed, which would eventually become a documentary.

The first idea was to star in an action movie, since they had become fashionable at this time, there was already the Kung fu series by David Carradine and the Bruce Lee movies, etc. It would be an action movie and it would give him a good chance to shine and the documentary approach would be what Ed Parker was proposing. All this would be talked about, including scenes of Ed's championships and they wanted to elaborate the script so that the film made sense.
Elvis asked Jerry Schilling to speak with Rick Husky, an Arkansas State University alumnus who had initiated Elvis into the Tau Kappa Epi fraternity and who was now working in television, scriptwriting, producing, etc. Elvis had already told him once that he would write a story for a script that he would have to develop, so he was not surprised by the request and went to see him at his house.
With no agreement reached at this meeting, Husky sat down to write a story about a former CIA agent who ran a karate school and had set out to avenge the death of a friend killed by a drug dealer. He sent it to Elvis, but Ed Parker's idea carried more and more weight and finally convinced Elvis to develop a documentary, instead of a movie. It would be a documentary with a philosophical and technical approach to karate, particularly focused on the kenpo technique, and narrated by Elvis. Ed called in a karate buddy, George Waite, to act as producer, who, in turn, brought in filmmaker Bob Hammer, Elvis would sponsor the documentary. During a performance in Season 11 in Las Vegas, in August 1974, he would announce and introduce George Waite as the producer of his next film that he was going to make by financing his dream. During the show, Elvis Presley wrote a check for $50,000 to begin production on the film.

This project was very important to Elvis Presley, who needed a new incentive, a proposal to be able to do something interesting in his life and get out of the monotony. But he made the usual mistake, wanting Colonel Parker to support said project thinking that he would give him his full support. As usual, the Colonel not only did not support him, but also tried to dissuade him from all this because he did not see any sense in it to Elvis's disappointment. In spite of everything, the project would go ahead and it would start behind the Colonel's back, who had advised him not to put money in until he had studied it carefully, but this time Elvis did not want anyone to throw his illusion to the ground and he did not listen.

The documentary would begin filming in September 1974 with the collaboration of Red West as well. George Klein would say that although Elvis was not in top shape, however he was strongly focused, he enjoyed sharing his ideas with a group of students. After the September/October tour they were able to view about fifty minutes of team footage and it was very exciting to watch, but the rest would take time.
Despite the good work done by Jerry Schilling, problems continued to arise with the rest of the Los Angeles production staff. And Elvis was feeling good as an executive producer: he was feeling exhausted again. This slowed things down, since after the tour he was exhausted.

Elvis was a great ambassador for karate, not only with his concerts, but also because of this documentary that was finally titled "The New Gladiators", it would really be his greatest contribution to martial arts. The main focus of the documentary was five American wrestlers taking on some of the best wrestlers in the world. Filming took about a year and a half, and after Elvis' film company, TCB Productions, invested about $125,000 in the project, against every turn by Colonel Parker.
In 1977, after Elvis's death, the film was stored in a West Hollywood garage inside a truck, along with other memorabilia. In 2001, it was found, restored and would be released a year later. In 2009 Elvis Presley Enterprises released a new version of the film with additional footage of Elvis Presley in Karate training sessions.
Another Elvis dream that could not be completed while he was alive, but thanks to his efforts it came true.
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Elvis and his double me  "The insecurity of the Myth"

They say that life is a dream and for many this becomes reality, because the dream can become a projection of oneself.  What is dreamed of, is pursued and it is true that it could be achieved.
  For others, the dream sometimes turns into a nightmare and despite moving on with life, feelings of guilt and insecurity develop, which persecute existence and leave little room for recognition of their own successes.

  They say that the twins share sensations, intuitions, feelings, even despite the distance. Their union is for life and it is difficult to break it despite the distance and the circumstances.
  In the case of Elvis Presley, death separated him from his original Path, his brother his twin Jesse.

  Although Elvis would really make his non-existent presence of him, since his mother, Gladys, always repeated to him that Jesse was with him at all times.
  In a child and later an adolescent, these words have an obvious influence and remain as a mark forever in his subconscious.

  It seems that Elvis had a recurring dream at this time, 1974. The first time would be after a great success in one of his performances. This would be related to unresolved difficulties or conflicts in the dreamer's life.

  In his dream, Elvis had been singing with his twin brother Jesse, they were on stage and the audience was yelling at them incessantly.
  When he woke up he felt lonely and desperate with an inexplicable feeling of guilt, even though he knew it was just a dream.
  It's as if Elvis couldn't admit and receive only success from him, because of some strange feeling.
  It is possible that the main reason was his way of being, Elvis was anxious and insecure, he also had a serious problem with insomnia,
   This is why he didn't sleep well since he was a teenager.
  The truth is that he always maintained an inexplicable union with Jesse throughout his life.
  He wondered why he had received this gift, this success and not another. Possibly for this reason he did not accept, nor was he calm, even knowing that his success was the product of his capacity and evolution as an artist.
  His confidence level varied from nothing to everything depending on his mood. Sometimes he felt like the King and other times nobody.

  Any success awaited him far greater than he deserved. Elvis bit his nails, his nerve was always on the surface. Also those sleep disorders that were already an irremediable obsession.
  Although his success came to him when he was young and he could be used to it, already at 39 years old, Elvis still did not understand his reasons, he always wondered why.
   It is very possible that his dream, in which he shared his success with Jesse, would be an attempt to accept that recognition by sharing it with his other self, Jesse.
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"Elvis and his more particular self"

Elvis had a very special way of being, especially when he was happy, he had a very particular humor. He could say something that was real but sound like a joke, because he said it so matter-of-factly. In addition, he was a born joker, so many of his acquaintances sometimes did not know how to distinguish reality from joke.

On stage we know that Elvis was spontaneous at all times and he said what was happening to him without thinking at this time.
An example is told by Dave Hebler, at a time when Elvis greeted his fans. Elvis always showed love for him and wanted to put on the best show of him and at concerts he often showed both his hands full of rings, like a quarter of a million dollars, and told the audience, “I want to thank you very much. You made it possible for me to have all these jewels”. He really meant it.

Elvis really liked jewelry, rings, stones and over time he would wear these rings that were spectacular, large and valuable.
That was Elvis... Genius and figure!
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The search for emotion
Elvis Presley Anecdotes

Elvis was an enthusiastic person and when something made him vibrate he looked for that emotion at all times, he liked weapons, the police and when he could, he kept in touch with police officers to try to help or at least keep informed of what was happening. they did. That interest was always reflected in his attitude, his closeness to everyone who worked for him as security, the officers who protected him at concerts, etc.
Dave Hebler, a member of the Mafia, was one of his bodyguards, and worked for Elvis for four years. He had a lot of good times with the group and with him, he said he was a great guy with a wonderful personality, and he really loved the people in his circle. They had a lot of fun with him because Elvis was a person with incredible humor and they shared laughs and jokes. He was one of the usual forms of fun between times, games and jokes.

He was at Graceland when Elvis called him to his room where he was meeting a man he had never seen before. He didn't really know he did this guy there and Dave was one of his bodyguards, so he was a bit suspicious, until Elvis introduced him as a narcotics officer.
Elvis was fascinated with everything concerning the police in general and with narcotics officers in particular, because he wanted to know how they worked to control dealers, drugs, etc.
The surprise would be what was going to happen next. Dave still didn't know what this officer was with Elvis for, but Elvis told him, "We're going to do a drug bust."
Dave thought Elvis was just joking, because there were always jokes, so he asked him incredulously, "We're going to do a drug bust, huh?"
Elvis said, "Yeah, really, we're going to take out some bad guys." Dave was already joking because he still didn't believe anything and said, "Yeah, okay. You mean I'm going to take out the bad guys and you're going to watch, right?"

They left in a police car without identification, Dave could not believe what was happening. They entered a police office and while they were waiting Elvis was watching some detainees and walking around as if he were watching them.
Dave was already convinced that the situation was real and they were not kidding, so he approached the police officer to talk to him. He then asked him if he was crazy for wanting to lead them on a drug bust.
He insisted saying:
"What do you think is going to happen to you and your career if Elvis gets hurt? I'm Elvis's bodyguard. It's my job to keep him safe and make sure he doesn't get hurt. You better figure out how to call this off and you better do it fast." because this is going to be bad. Nothing good is going to come out of this."
The policeman was very confused and evidently took this into account because he told him that he would take care of this.
When Elvis approached, the Policeman told him that the raid had finally been called off due to internal matters.

Elvis's disappointment was enormous, but Dave was relieved. He knew that Elvis hadn't thought of the repercussions that might have occurred, but he had.
Fortunately this would not happen again, as a bodyguard I had to defend him and also protect any risk that he might have and avoid it.
Elvis liked to look for emotion at all times, of course if this also required action and having been able to serve justice, but he never considered risk.
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The need for change.
Elvis Presley and Sheila Ryan

Spring of 1974, Elvis Presley needed some kind of joy, a change of fun to cheer him up. Although he was fine, his workload made him need to look for something different in his life.
Obviously his desire to have someone by his side whether he was on tour or not always made him look for new relationships.
We know that Elvis Presley was a naturally unfaithful man. Although he had a girlfriend with whom he had a stable relationship and who lived with him. But just as he happened with his ex-wife, this did not get in the way of him avoiding new relationships.
For some reason he needed to always have a woman by his side.
He had met Sheila Ryan who he would date for almost three years. Even with Linda at her home, Elvis would meet Sheila in January 1974, but it would be from spring when he would begin to date her more seriously.

He met him through Joe Esposito in a meeting with more people, but he would say that it was some kind of crush, plus Elvis threw a grape at her to get her attention and get closer to her.
Over the years he wrote a book where he recounted his experience with Elvis, "Fame on Me."
Sheila would tell about how cheerful Elvis was, his laugh was indescribable, he had a lot of humor and when they met with the Mafia guys, Elvis would always tell jokes with Joe too, they half told them. Their relationship was very special because sometimes they hid, they behaved like two naughty children. They were going to buy ice cream and they went looking for them because they didn't know where they were. She sometimes sang to him on the balcony of the International Suite which was practically like Elvis' house. She sang a lot, read and had fun.
She sometimes described him as if she were an Angel, because almost every time, he knew what was happening to her without saying a word, she had a special vision that made her anticipate events. And her smile, we all know, was the sexiest aspect of her. A look that seemed vulnerable but so special that it revealed his heart that he described as a tender heart. He was a man who enjoyed giving gifts to others, it was his greatest joy.
What made him special in Elvis's eyes was that Sheila wasn't jealous, she knew that Elvis had many women and she didn't expect him to be monogamous. When he didn't see him he knew that he was going to be with another woman and when he was with her he told her. He never tried to change it, nor did he have to give or receive explanations.
Elvis would go out with her until 1976, later, Sheila married James Caan the actor, so her relationship with Elvis would really cease definitively.
Although it would be a fun relationship for Elvis, he really was a fresh breeze when he met her because he needed this kind of girl with whom he could laugh freely without worrying about anything else.
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The particular world of Elvis.
Bad eating habits

August 1973, ninth season in Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel. Elvis returns again to the city of sin to perform the summer season as in previous occasions, but his circumstances have changed considerably.
It is curious that a person as careful of his appearance, of his image, as Elvis Presley was, could not control his weight and on this occasion his physical circumstances began to change so that it would be impossible for him to regain the ideal weight to perform in his engagement in Las Vegas.
He had always had problems with this, because Elvis had a tendency to put on weight, really his eating habits were very particular and it was clear that what he could eat would have been important for a healthy life and to be able to control his weight.
At this time his pressure from work, the breakup or simply the habit of overeating or taking medication could be the reason why Elvis could not have the right weight. Really when a person is not well, his appearance is a reflection of the interior, many tend to put on weight, others to lose weight, but undoubtedly someone who is dedicated to the show has to always take care of his image, because it is part of his show. Although really the important thing would always be the voice in a singer, but for Elvis it was very important on and off stage the image, the clothes and this had not changed until now.
It is contradictory after the recent success of April, a successful tour, plus the televised program "Aloha From Hawaii", that Elvis had not been driven and motivated precisely by the favorable situation for him in his projects. But it was clear that all this was not enough for him, because he neglected his image, most likely because of the excess of pills, Demerol that he was consuming.
For Elvis, eating was one of the things that gave him the most pleasure in his life and he had very special eating habits, since when he liked something he ate it in excess. For example, he loved doughnuts and was capable of eating a whole box of 12 doughnuts, without thinking about it. He didn't really measure the consequences, because so far whenever he put on weight he had the ease and willpower to get back to the right weight when he should and wanted to.
At home, Elvis was used to eating whatever he liked, his mother always took care of him and made sure there was enough food for everyone. Since he became famous she continued to take care of him and made him his favorite pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade pie, sometimes roast pork with cranberries, crispy fried chicken, etc. Also vegetable soups, Bacon and Tomato Sandwich and of course one of her favorites was Peanut Butter Sandwich with milk and banana, hamburgers, etc. As time went by and his mother passed away, Elvis continued to eat with the same habits, but by 1973 his need for sweets was increasing due to the pills he was taking.
Elvis invariably slept all day and usually woke up around 2 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon. His breakfast consisted of a pint of orange juice (half a liter), a cup of black coffee and a six-egg omelet with a couple of pounds of burnt cheese with bacon (the equivalent of one kilogram). Then in a couple of hours, he would get hungry again and it was his habit to order cheeseburgers with ketchup. At show time, he would leave dinner until after the show and then go back to eating before bedtime. Evidently it was unhealthy since he would sometimes fall asleep while still eating dinner and could not digest before going to sleep. There was also the ice cream, he would eat it in blocks and on many occasions he would get any of his friends up in the wee hours of the morning to get him more ice cream.
It is true that he could eat other things, logically it was not every day the same, but in general this was his habit and at this time he also had another recent mania which was to eat in yogurts, sometimes he ate up to 24 yogurts. He always drank cold bottles of Mountain Valley Springwater, he didn't like tap water. But it was too many calories, he could easily consume 25,000 calories in a day, it was an excess that would sooner or later take its toll on his health.
Normally Elvis would always come to his senses and go on a diet and get back in shape, but in August 1973, he wasn't in the mood to change his habits, or anything else.
But it is very possible that Elvis didn't give it so much importance, until he saw the criticisms of the newspapers, this could hurt him a lot. His sensitivity was very great and it was always important what others said about him. But there were so many things that affected him then, that this would no longer be anything for him.
At this time he had not gained much weight, but it was logically noticeable compared to previous concerts, but what was clear was that singing in Las Vegas, at the Hilton Hotel, no longer meant for Elvis any incentive, no risk, no challenge and therefore he let himself be neglected without taking into account his audience. Although we all know that his fans had always loved him in any situation and despite the changes, their love was unconditional and this would not be an obstacle for him to remain their idol.
Although he wanted to ignore the criticism about his appearance, unfortunately, the press would begin to insist on his physical appearance, more than on his own show.
But Elvis was following his line, his way of being and would not allow anyone to tell him what he should and had to do , in this and everything else.
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The psychology of man
Elvis 1973

One of the people who could always know much more about the truth, the customs, the health of Elvis was his personal doctor, George Nochopoulos, who was one more member of his companions from tour to tour, at home and everywhere. time had to be aware of him. Although he always had the distrust of Vernon Presley, who thought that he was the cause of his addiction to drugs, over time he realized that, on the contrary, he was trying to prevent Elvis from consuming what was prescribed. But it was difficult to fight against a person of character as particular as Elvis.
There has been a lot of talk about the reasons why Elvis could be a dependent person and especially in this time of May 1973, in which he had separated and his family nucleus was broken. Obviously when he tried to help Elvis Presley change his habits and found out that there were many doctors and people willing to please him, he tried to stop all this. But the opinion of a doctor would always give us an even more logical explanation of what could be happening. His personal doctor for years, Nichopoulos, who knew Elvis very well and was one more member of his team, even prohibited him from taking drugs that he did not prescribe and warned him of future physical problems for this reason. But he also observed very correctly that the environment in which Elvis lived, with his close friends, was very limited, in terms of conversation, since Elvis was very bored, he did not find in them topics that interested him and this is what that he always sought outside of there.
They supported him psychologically, but really Elvis did not have enough influence and confidence, at least the majority to make him change course. Nichopoulos said that Elvis didn't like people getting into his brain, so it was a constant struggle trying to figure out the causes. One of them, and a very important one, was the lack of sleep, since Elvis slept for only three hours and woke up unable to sleep. For years this would be the initial cause to depend on drugs, to be able to endure the day, to be able to sing, etc. But over time, neither he nor he was able to sleep like this, his doctor advised him to enter a sleep conic, so that this problem could be corrected. But he would have the Colonel's obstacle, because he didn't want this, he didn't want to lose income from his work. Elvis did not really rest, so his body would begin to experience changes and his health would deteriorate.
Nichopoulos after many years, came to the conclusion, after many conversations with him, he came to the conclusion that if Elvis could resolve his relationship with a woman, he would have eighty percent earned to control an advance. Elvis never accepted the death of his mother, for this reason he wanted in women that maternal figure that he had lost. Regardless of gender, because he had many relationships, in his search for something stronger and more lasting, Elvis could only maintain such a lasting relationship with this type of woman. In these years, Linda Thompson fitted this pattern, Elvis even called her Mommy, because of the way she treated him, cared for him, etc.
This, she said, was the main reason Elvis could grow inside and not depend so much on these drugs, but it was clear that Elvis was looking for something very special, not just this type of woman, but also someone who would understand his soul as an artist, his search or as he said, his mission in life.

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True friendship. Elvis and Jerry
Anecdotes 1973

Elvis and Jerry Schilling were very good friends, for many years, there was a mutual understanding and a great affection, although sometimes their way of thinking was different. Jerry was a good-looking man, a former star athlete for Memphis Catholic Schools. He kept himself in impeccable shape, a very kind and considerate man and a devotee of healthy foods. He was a boy from Memphis and a loyal member of the Memphis mob. But Schilling and Presley sometimes had their differences, the reason is that Jerry, like Sonny, Red and Dave, was very frank in his treatment, his words with Elvis, he always used to tell him his opinion, regardless of whether it would be well or badly received . This also happened to Marty Lacker and Lamar Fike, who more than once were fired by Elvis for saying things he didn't like. Elvis wanted above all sincere and loyal friendship in his members of the Mafia, but sometimes his way of being was stronger than his ideal of loyal staff and he also put his foot in, without counting the consequences, he simply got carried away. One of Elvis's biggest weaknesses were women and unfortunately, sometimes he couldn't resist his way of being and this could give him problems, especially considering that he was formally dating Linda Thompson.
 But it was clear that fidelity had not been made for him, in the love aspect and this could break more barriers if he was not careful. At this time, April 1973, Elvis and Jerry were both divorcing, although Jerry was taking it slower. But he fell in love with a girl and had a parallel relationship, which made him definitely think that he would no longer have a chance to fix his marriage. These days he noticed that Elvis had distanced himself from him, he did not look at his face, even though he was with the others and one day, Elvis finally approached him and explained why. He told her that one night when Jerry fell asleep, his girl and he had an affair, only once, for which he felt very embarrassed with him, he didn't know what to do and since then, remorse got the better of him. 
Jerry, who was an excellent friend, was furious, but told him that fortunately he had confessed it to him and the relationship was consented. It would have been horrifying to find out from others what had happened, this caused Jerry to leave this girl, also his wife Sandy forgave him and he in turn forgave Elvis, although their marriage was already destroyed and could never be fixed again. This is an example of what could happen if Elvis, let himself go, did not put his friends before, but his desires, curiously, he was the most generous man in the world, but he was also human and made the odd mistake, but he had never apologized to no one. This was the first time he apologized for something that could have broken a good friendship, with someone who loved him despite his flaws. 
Elvis was never faithful in love, her relationship with Linda continued, but this still did not prevent him from having others, although deep down he could not do without her, because he was special and different from the others. He never really knew how to truly love, to give himself fully, but friendship was something very important to Elvis and this stuck like a thorn, until he could confess it. Elvis had a very noble background, he really loved Jerry and because of that, He didn't know how to remedy what he had done, fortunately it was with an affair, not with his wife. It is possible that this made Jerry think, despite his annoyance, that deep down it was something he himself was doing. The members of the Mafia have been criticized a lot, believing that they were all interested and that they were only with Elvis, for gifts or money. But it was not true, most of them were at his service for years with a salary that did not cover their needs, despite the gifts, the adventurous life they lived with Elvis, there was much more, the sincere affection of friends who knew share, the good and bad moments and forgive the mistakes. 
Loyalty despite mistakes, gratitude despite pain and the greatness of recognizing mutual mistakes, would be what made this true friendship prevail.

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Friendship and Karate
Anecdotes 1973

Elvis loved karate, it was his passion, as well as music, since he started years ago with this great sport. His interest dates back to the time he was serving in the military, where he read an article about Hank Slomandsi, who was said to have faced 150 opponents in one day. From there he would begin to give classes three times a week. It was for him, important for his mental rest, his particular philosophy of life and for his personal training. Whenever he had time, he dedicated it to practicing karate, with his friends who also shared his hobby with him. Elvis innovated his shows with his karate movements on stage, he associated it with his other passion, music.

On April 2, Ed Parker, his friend and instructor, promoted Elvis to a sixth degree black belt in his International Kenpo Karate Association . He also plans a Karate Championship organized by him in San Francisco, California, where students from all over the United States and other countries will meet there. It would be the biggest tournament in the world that had been organized and an opportunity to see the best karatecas. Everyone with Elvis, they were excited because it would be a great event for anyone interested in karate.
Elvis was going to attend the tournaments, which were being promoted by Ralph Castro. But when they arrived in the city the night before, they saw that there were advertisements in the newspaper, where it was said that Elvis Presley would be at the tournament in person. Also, at the entrance to the Arena, there was a large marquee, where you could read "Elvis Presley in person". Someone had used his name to promote him to the championship.
Dave Hebler who saw him with the rest of the companions went to the Hyatt House, where Elvis stayed, who was with Joe Esposito and Jerry Schilling. Someone mentioned Elvis, what was on the ads and all of a sudden, all hell broke loose. Dave remembered that the news had not only angered Elvis himself, but had reached Colonel Parker and he was very upset, really angry. The explanation lay in the deal Elvis had with his next performance in Lake Tahoe, where he said he couldn't appear publicly for the next three weeks, within a radius of six hundred miles. This appearance would breach this term, if Elvis went incognito, nothing would have happened, but all these ads broke the clause.
Finally they gave the order to remove the marquee with this ad, since Elvis Presley's name could not appear in it . 
All this disappointed Elvis, because he really wanted to go to the championship, but then there was the betrayal. It would never have been thought that his friend Ed Parker would have used his name, without his consent, to benefit at his expense. Poor Elvis, as was the custom, could not enjoy something ordinary, to be able to see something he wanted without having to be recognized and worse, used. Although it is true that nobody really knew who was the one who spread the rumor, nor who used it to attract the attention of possible attendees, although Dave Hebler believed that it was Ed Parker, due to excess of enthusiasm. For this reason, he and Elvis were estranged for a while.
The next problem was to deny the announcement and be able to look good, so as not to harm Elvis's image, nor that of the tournament. Dave Hebler had to assume that role, he had to get in front of about ten thousand people and tell them that Mr. Presley would not attend the championship. The feeling he had was that he was cheating, when in fact the abuse was towards Elvis, but he explained that the promotion was a mistake and that if someone wanted the money from him, they would return it to him. He had the organizers behind him who told him they were watching his back. But it was a bad drink, which fortunately had no consequences, although there were boos, Dave with his aplomb told them that they were there to see a good karate tournament, this made them finally shut up. Red and Sonny West spoke very well to Elvis about Dave's performance, but he knew he could do it well, he had an intuition with him.
Red West, like Elvis himself, believed that Elvis had a special gift, to know in advance, he had a special intuition for many things that Red he had witnessed, he knew he had a special gift or vision with people. It was a great disappointment for him, so he would return to Los Angeles on April 9. Despite Elvis's bad taste and having to return without seeing his tournament, his teacher Kang Rhee, who wanted to alleviate the disappointment a bit from Elvis, awarded him a seventh degree black belt at his Pasaryu karate school. He was awarded it due to the dedication and sincerity of his most famous student, rather than the achievements of his competition.
Although the diploma was subsequently awarded on September 4, 1974. An honor for him and a pride that he confesses is more important than the gold belt, which awarded him the International Hotel for Audience record, which he had shown off in public for so many years. Once again, effort and humility were more important than the natural gift of his talent.

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The Imitation of the Artist

Anecdotes 1973

In 1973, singer Bobbie Gentry was performing at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. She was a well known and successful artist as she was a singer-songwriter and one of the first female artists in the United States to compose and produce her own material. She rose to fame in 1967 with "Ode to Billie Joe," for which she reached number 1 on the Billboard charts and won 3 Grammys, for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968. Bobbie established two publishing houses, Super Darlin' Productions (ASCAP) and Footboat (BMI) and organized them under its parent company Gentry Ltd. He enjoyed more success, but from 1970 he devoted himself to singing shows in Las Vegas and would eventually sing songs by other artists. During her show, in Las Vegas, in 1973, Bobbie incorporated a curious imitation of Elvis Presley, in his show that the public liked very much, because he performed it with the guitar and the "178 sexy movements of the King".
This imitation became known and reached the ears of Elvis, who every time he had time would go see shows by other artists in Las Vegas. He found it curious and of course funny, so he decided to see it in person. Her Mafia cronies urged him to see it, but it didn't take much prodding, because of Elvis's great curiosity. He dressed in one of his best velvet suits and went to see The Bobbie Gentry Show.

Elvis leaned against the wall, just at the end of the room, next to the door, so that he could see the performance and so that he could not be recognized and disturbed in the imitation. She was very amused to see a woman performing her sensual movements, since she would never have believed that an artist could imitate her, besides being known. The head waiter recognized him and asked him if he wanted to meet Gentry at the end of her show. Elvis nodded and then they escorted him backstage to a huge wheelhouse where Bobbie had her rest. It was like a trailer home where it was three quarters the size of a train car. Elvis really liked the trailer and also the curiosity that Bobbie also had a retinue of bodyguards like him.
Her surprise was taken by Gentry when she saw Elvis who was waiting for her after the show. She told him that she had really enjoyed his performance and liked the curiosity. Bobbie was happy she hadn't insulted him by impersonating him and invited him to take a tour of his house on wheels. Elvis was very impressed by Bobbie's personality, so much so that he started visiting her every night, even going out in public. It was strange that Elvis would let himself be seen with her, because he was dating her Linda and this news spread through Las Vegas, so he would soon be seen in the press. Bobbie's family also found out about her and asked her about this relationship, but she gave no explanation. Linda Thompson knew about this adventure and although it hurt her, she allowed it, because she was really the one in her house. Again, the example of Priscilla and Ann Margret would be similar to this, but keeping their distance, because Elvis was already cautious in love. Simply Linda consoled herself by spending on shopping in Beverly Hills. She knew Elvis had a quirk and it wouldn't last, so she didn't do anything else. Over time, the relationship like many before it faded.
There would be a lot to talk about the Impersonators and their tribute to Elvis, since then, many artists would begin to imitate Elvis's show, out of admiration or to earn a living in some way. The funny thing is that Elvis's first Impersonator would be his own friend Red West, but not in a concert hall, but by Elvis' own order, Red was sent to do his voice in the recording room, simply because he didn't feel like singing that day. And Red West imitated him almost perfectly, as well as being a composer. But it has always been said that Elvis would not like what other artists do in his name and with this example, we know that he not only liked it, if it was done with respect and affection, but that he was amused and possibly proud of it. for another artist to imitate him. Imitation is the best display of flattery.

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The unreality of the everyday

Anecdotes in the life of Elvis Presley 1973

One of the things that Elvis valued the most was his privacy and being able to do things his way, but fame inevitably forces the artist to be the target of the gaze of the public, his fans or other people. Sometimes it is difficult to avoid this situation and although in many cases it would be pleasant, in others it could be very annoying, since anything can happen. During the first years of success, Elvis lived surrounded by fans and was harassed by his admirers, so he always had to plan the outings he wanted to do in public and above all get used to this whole situation. And he would also surround himself with protection, for the safety of him and his family, as the years passed, it was difficult to see Elvis unaccompanied and almost impossible to see him in public places, only on rare occasions. His outings in Memphis were carefully planned, if he wanted to go to the movies, or go to the amusement park, he usually rented for himself and his entire company, sometimes at night. If he wanted to eat in a restaurant or go to a local he also had to rent it, the fact is that he did not dare to go out and enter any establishment alone. There are very few anecdotes about this and this is one of them. When he began his relationship with Linda Thompson, his life changed, his habits, since she was with him at all times, he took her everywhere, even on tour and he always shared many moments that he would never have shared, with his ex-wife. Lisa once told her that Priscilla told her that her Daddy took Linda everywhere and that she never let her come with him when she traveled and in Las Vegas, she only left at the beginning and end of the season. 
Although her relationship with her was very cordial and kind, it was natural that he was jealous of her and Linda understood that. It is true that Linda was very different and she was positive, fun and she always understood Elvis and his customs. But on one occasion, his girlfriend Linda Thompson was tired of the routine they had, of not being able to go out normally without having to plan how to where and with whom, so she asked Elvis to go out to eat a hamburger at McDonald's. She just wanted to improvise and get some fresh air, so they wouldn't have to notify the store, so they wouldn't have to shut it down for them. And to be able to go out without bodyguards, without worrying, just enjoy. For Elvis this was unthinkable or at least, he was no longer used to it, he didn't have that freedom, he didn't even think about it, nor did he show it. He had gotten used to this kind of life and in his thoughts he believed that he could not leave without anyone recognizing him. Only sometimes did he allow himself the luxury of taking his car or his motorcycle and leaving without anyone questioning whether he was Elvis Presley or not. At this request from Linda, Elvis was perplexed: “You know we can't do that. People would jump on me." 
Linda thought that she would not have to think about this and told her that she should not worry, that nothing would happen, she had a lot of conviction and Elvis agreed. They finally left in the car and headed to a McDonald's that was located very close to Graceland, at 4237 Elvis Presley Boulevard. A simple establishment where they went in and sat down to eat, there was not a lot of people, so Elvis was I would feel very relieved. Then they ordered a couple of hamburgers, for the moment nobody bothered Elvis, since they were sitting and nobody looked at him or approached him. After continuing to eat normally, a man approached his table where they were enjoying the moment. The man turned to Elvis and said, “I'm sick of people like you dressing like Elvis Presley. There is only one King." Obviously in a normal situation, Elvis would have laughed at all this with his friends, but since he was out of his normal environment, Elvis was confused and confused, so he told him: "My name is Elvis." And the guy, more enraged, replied: "No, you're not Elvis Presley. 
Since he did not believe him, Elvis felt even more confused and although he tried to convince him, he turned to Linda and said: can you tell this man who I am? And she stared at Elvis and replied: "Cut the roll now, George." It was clear that Linda, with her good humor, wanted the situation to finally be normal, to play down the importance and make a joke, but Elvis was even more confused. This experience really did not please him very much, because since then, Elvis would not eat again. at McDonald's." It was quite a surreal situation, since he was actually surprised that they didn't recognize him and, on top of that, they told him that it couldn't be him. But it was logical, since he hadn't been able to go out without someone harassing him for many years and this experience would be for him a very big contradiction. But Linda's attempt to break out of her usual world was unsuccessful, although the anecdote would be fun to remember: 

"Following the King's Way..."

December 21, 1970

The President and the King

One of the most anecdotal episodes in the life of Elvis Presley. The visit to the White House on December 21, 1970 and his meeting with Richard Nixon. After his concert tour in November and a few days off, Elvis was at his best moment. His tour had been an absolute success and critics would be unanimous in their praise for him. In addition, he had been notified (unofficially) that he had been nominated as one of the "Ten Most Remarkable Young Men in the Nation." They finally recognized his work as an artist, as a singer and he was happy. It was a time to give gifts, to celebrate, and above all, he was fully immersed in his new hobby: weapons and federal insignia. He had spent a lot, in excess, so the bills piled up in his father Vernon's office, who He went to reproach him for his attitude. Priscilla, his wife who heard everything that was happening, also told him that she was spending a lot of money. 

Elvis was upset by all this, he felt very offended because he understood that he was the one who earned this money. He wouldn't accept any argument for this, so he eventually got angry, to the point of walking out the door and disappearing. It wasn't the first time he'd done it, but he usually came back in an hour or two, but not this time. Everyone was waiting for him to return and would be worried because there was no news of his whereabouts. The reason was that he normally never went alone and it was the first time that they didn't know what to do. Elvis went to the airport and, with no clear direction, took the first plane that left for Washington.

 There he simply rode around the city in a limousine, with the intention of visiting his friend Joyce Bova, but it could not be so, so he took the plane back. Jerry Schilling his friend from the Mafia who was working in Los Angeles, received a call from Elvis who was in Dallas, on his way back to Los Angeles from Washington D.C. He needed his help and asked him to pick him up at the airport and find Gerald Peters, his new limo driver. Elvis called him "Sir Gerald" because he was Winston Churchill's driver. He had no luggage, just a small box with a comb, toothbrush, and his face was swollen because he had an allergic reaction to a medication he took for an eye infection. , in addition to having eaten chocolate on the plane. Jerry called a doctor when they got to the Hillcrest house, who treated him to get the swelling to go away, they spent the night there. The next morning Elvis told Jerry that he wanted to go back to Washington, but he didn't explain why. On the plane to the city, Elvis learned that Republican Senator George Murphy was also traveling. He went over to talk to him, and when he returned with Jerry, he asked for American Airlines stationery to write a letter he wanted to deliver to President Nixon. Jerry thought that he had gone crazy, but upon reading the letter he would understand the value and purpose of it. They stayed at the Washington Hotel, Elvis wanted to be incognito so he stayed under the name of Jon Burrows. Jerry called Graceland and contacted Sonny to explain that Elvis was fine, but with a promise not to give away anything about this trip. Once checked into the hotel, Elvis decided what he wanted to do. In the letter he wrote to Nixon, he explained that he wanted to help his country. He told her of his concern and his love for his homeland. He expressed his admiration for his position as president and explained that he had studied the culture of drugs, their use and communist brainwashing techniques... As an artist he told him that they did not consider him an enemy of young people , of the hippies and for this reason it was easy for him to be able, in a discreet way, to defend and serve his country as a federal agent. But in a natural way, communicating with people of all ages and as an artist reaching out to everyone as an example. He finally asked him for the official credentials to be able to exercise his position. 

He wanted to meet him and in a humble way he told him that he had a gift for him, and said goodbye with their contact numbers to locate him at the hotel. Elvis wanted Richard Nixon, the president of the United States, to grant him a federal badge to add to his collection . He decided that he should deliver it personally, so they showed up at the door of the White House. 

The episode was anecdotal with the guards, who finally agreed to deliver the letter to the president. Egil Krogh, who was the president's deputy attorney, called them to the Hotel so that they could finally have that meeting in the Oval Office of the White House. Although Nixon in In the first place, he would not show much interest, he understood that as an artist Elvis Presley could be of great influence on the youth and he agreed to meet him. Elvis, Jerry and Sonny West, who had arrived from Memphis, entered the White House to meet the president of the United States. As was the custom, Elvis carried weapons in the control l from the entrance, which complicated things a bit at the entrance control. (He also happened to him at the Airport but his fame was the best safe-conduct for him, because he flew with his weapons). In addition, he wanted to give the president a Colt 45 from the Second World War and he carried it in a box. 

The meeting was very special between the two. Elvis won over the president by showing him his insignia, family photos of him and with the gift he gave him. But also his personality did the rest. Everything he wrote in that letter, his patriotism, his desire to fight drugs, etc. He cited the Beatles as an unpatriotic example, and Nixon said that drug users were in the forefront of anti-American protest. He convinced Nixon to finally give him his plaque and to the surprise of Jerry and Sonny to give them the honor of meet him in person. Although many believe that all this was intentional, Elvis really intended to see Joyce Bova with whom he had had a history for a long time and, after his visit to the president, he was able to have that other meeting with her, despite that she had been angry with him recently. Elvis could convince and get anything he wanted. The reality of all this, despite wanting to have a plate for his collection, was that of the background of a noble man, proud of his country, who wanted above all to reach people with his music and help build a better world. The boy from Tupelo who wanted to become a great actor, a singer... he would finally try to give everything for his homeland. So was Elvis Presley .

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Letter from Elvis to Nixon (Sheet 1)

Dear Mr. President:
First I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley, I admire him and I have great respect for his work. I spoke with Vice President Agnew in the Palm Strings three weeks ago, and I expressed my concern for our country. The drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers, etc., do not consider me their enemy, or an enemy of the establishment, as they call it. I call it America and...

Elvis' letter to Nixon (sheet 2)
... I like it. Sir, I can and I want to be at your disposal to help the country. I have no concern or motives other than to help the country. That is why I do not want to be given any specific title or position. I could and would like to be more useful if I were made an unrestricted federal agent, and I would help by doing it my way through my communication with people of all ages. First of all, I'm an entertainer, but all I need is federal credentials. I'm on this plane with him...

Letter from Elvis to Nixon (sheet 3)
Senator George Murphy and we have been discussing the issues facing our country. 

Sir, I am staying at the Washington Hotel, rooms 505-506-507. I have two men who work for me named Jerry Schilling and Sonny West. I am registered under the name Jon Burrows. I'll be here as long as it takes to get federal agent credentials. I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and communist brainwashing techniques.

Letter from Elvis to Nixon (sheet 4)
...and I'm right in the middle of the whole thing,
where I can and want to do my best. I'm very happy to help as long as this is kept secret. You can order your staff or whoever it is to call me at any time today, tonight, or tomorrow. This year, I have been nominated as one of America's Ten Outstanding Young People. That will be on January 18 in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. I am sending you a short autobiography of mine so that you can better understand this

Letter that President Nixon wrote to Elvis Presley:

Joyce Bova and Elvis Presley

The real reason why Elvis Presley went to Washington, after being upset with the argument he had with his father Vernon on December 19, 1970, was to meet Joyce Bova. He had met her a year earlier in Las Vegas 1969.

Elvis and Joyce Bova

Joyce and Janice Bova were twin sisters by birth, they went to Las Vegas on vacation to spend a few days and met Elvis Presley in August 1969. It was their first season in Las Vegas during their performances at the International Hotel.Joyce wanted to see Elvis's show and insisted on attending his concert, although Janice was not very interested.When Elvis met her, he fell in love with her beauty and personality. her; and his kindness, his closeness, her sincerity made Joyce fall in love. Clearly there was something in her that Elvis saw in himself. It was clear that Elvis hit it off with Joyce immediately, their relationship was very special and he felt very close to her. Being a twin just like he was, made her special from the beginning. But she lived in Washington and this made it somewhat difficult for him to see her when he wanted, in addition to Elvis's marriage, so the relationship that could have reached more cooled little by little.
She wanted a real relationship and hoped that Elvis's interest would continue over time. But the life of an artist runs very fast and that of Elvis Presley even faster, because he was in a culminating moment of success that would bring about changes in his personality and in his treatment of her. In August 1970 Joyce would see him again at his Third season in Las Vegas, but Elvis's attitude was somewhat different and made Joyce angry with him, taking away from his thoughts any kind of hope. On December 19, Elvis argued with his father over financial issues, he felt offended for him, for his criticism, but what hurt him the most was that his wife, who never reproached him for anything, joined his father to argue with him. For this reason, he felt betrayed and enraged. Elvis told Joyce Bova that when he left his house, he had no direction, he went to the airport and since the first flight that left was from Washington D.C.
he thought of meeting her. He had wanted to see her for a long time and apologize to her for her attitude in Las Vegas. He missed her and needed comfort after the argument. He confessed that his father was really right and he had spent a lot of money, but that he believed that no one should blame him for this, because he was the one who really earned the money from his work. Joyce says that Elvis felt very lonely and did not know who appeal and for this reason he went to Washington, but once there he realized that he did not have her phone number, so he could not contact her. He told her that he was very proud because he had never flown alone, without company and he had performed very well. He was unbelievable, but true, a man his age who depended on everyone... for the first time doing the things a normal man would normally do. Deep down Elvis was still a kid in many ways, but he was always protected by everyone around him.
Elvis told Joyce that once with Jerry Schilling on the plane that met Senator Murphy, he had the idea of ​​writing the letter to Nixon and finally meeting him in person. Later he was able to get the phone and called her to see her at her hotel. All this seemed like something out of a movie, but it was real. Elvis Presley was with her after seeing President Nixon and wanted to share those special moments with her. Although Joyce was angry with him, he surrendered, as was clear, to his words and saw Elvis again as the man he had met a year before. He told him everything that had happened with the President and showed him the plaque that he had been proudly given to him. to be able to serve his country. She told him about Nixon and told him he was a good guy because she believed in him and how easy it would be for him to influence youth regarding drug use. The plaque was real and it all looked like it would have been awesome for Sonny and Elvis. But above all the important thing was that he wanted to talk to her, see her and share it with her. Elvis insisted that the real reason for going to Washington was to see her, the rest was a sudden thought that arose from within.
Elvis told her that their relationship was very special, that she felt similar to him. The reason had to do with her twin brother Jesse Garon, whom Elvis still sometimes felt like half of himself, even though he never met him. He spoke sweetly to her and won her over again, Elvis told her that he needed her, because he felt lonely, he said: "I hadn't realized loneliness until now, really, only that there is a lonely man inside the star , a lonely man looking for something". "We're all doing that, even when we don't know we're doing it."

Joyce knew she was looking for something she couldn't find in her home, in her marriage, something she'd lost or never had with Priscilla, and for this she expected something real. . She knew that he needed her and she hoped that this relationship would become even closer and real and that one day he would decide for her and no one else. It was her first time with her and although they spent two days together, Elvis had to come back to his home for Christmas, it was logical. He told her that he had loved being with her, that he didn't want to leave, but he had to. But he told her that this was only the beginning, because she would be back in a few days. He would call her to say congratulations on Christmas and to see her again. She wanted a serious relationship, but Elvis never really committed himself... even if he wanted to, he couldn't or didn't know how to cut off something that was already in the last moments of their married life. The relationship would continue for a while longer, but life of the artist, the success and indecision of the man would end in the oblivion and disappointment of Joyce who truly loved him."Following the King's Path..."FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS 56On Tour 2.

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are living history..."

Elvis and the supposed reflection of the artist. 

Year 1971 in concert periods or after them, Elvis had the habit of seeing shows by other artists, friends or musicians that he came to admire. An anecdote that would occur at this time in which the most famous artists were imitated by others, for the entertainment of the public. Initially called covers and over time Impersonators. This custom has taken root over time and is typical in Las Vegas. On one of these occasions when Elvis had finished his show, he went to see his friend Tom Jones, who was also performing in Las Vegas. Tom had gone to visit him several times at the International Hotel and one night after the show ended, Elvis with Priscilla, Jerry and a small group, went to see Tom's show at another emblematic place in Las Vegas, the Stardust Resort Casino.
Normally when the lights went out it was when Elvis and his group sat down to watch the show, already in the dark, so as not to interfere and go unnoticed. At the end of the show, Elvis was escorted back to the dressing room to avoid distractions and the fans. But Elvis had a habit of drinking a lot of water and in the middle of his friend Tom's show, he had to go outside to go to the bathroom. Elvis would be accompanied by Jerry Schilling down the halls, through lobbies, casinos, and showrooms. His march was accelerated so that no one could stop them until they reached the toilets. On the way back to the stage, they passed a small hall where an Irish show band, the "Irish Royal Show Band" played, performing covers, imitating other artists.
The lead singer was a burly man named Brendan Bowyer, an Elvis cover, who was performing a song, imitating his rendition, exaggerating the vibrato in his voice a bit.
Elvis stood up and told Jerry outside the room to wait a minute. He must not have liked the artist's way of singing very much because he stormed into the room and went directly on stage. Elvis carried an ornamental cane with him, and raised it high, looking like he was going to attack the singer, but luckily, he wasn't. However, to the surprise of the public, he said something like that; "If you're going to sing imitating someone, do it right" and turning to the audience he gave them a big wink, then he jumped off the stage and would rush out of the room without stopping to think.
The singer who didn't see the wink was so surprised that he had fallen on stage from surprise. All this would be for Elvis an anecdote that would make him laugh for a moment, but the feeling later was that he had humiliated the poor interpreter. Although he laughed with Jerry on the way back to Tom's show, he remained thoughtful and as they sat down at the table watching the rest of the show, Elvis told Jerry to go back into the room and invite the singer and his band up to the suite after the show.
Deep down, although Elvis acted impulsively, he did not like to bother anyone, or go anywhere as a superstar. For this reason he wanted to ask that they meet again, because it did not seem to him that he had done the right thing and he wanted to make amends. Later, the singer appeared in the suite and finally spoke with Elvis for a while. His huge smile was very expressive and it was clear that it was important for him to be with Elvis, much more important than having had a hard time for a spontaneous criticism of the King. This memory would be forever and the opportunity to meet his idol in person. Elvis was always very humble, but it was clear that he did not like to do an imitation that was not the closest thing to his way of singing. Surely if the artist's way of interpreting had been to his liking, he would have gone on stage but to make a duet with the impersonator. Because Elvis Presley was generous, he enjoyed music at all times and circumstances, in his greatness as an artist he let himself go.
Elvis Presley, the man, the myth... The King! Remember... we are living history...
because we are "Following the Way of the King..."


Elvis' personality

Elvis Presley was a spontaneous, impulsive man and sometimes his way of being so sudden surprised everyone who was with him. He was carried away many times by the situation and that is why he created somewhat particular situations that made the moment more normal, it could lead to something truly incredible to believe. He is known for his sometimes capricious nature and when he had this impulse, he did not hold back, nor did he like being prevented from doing what he wanted at that moment. There are many anecdotes from this time of 1971 that tell us a lot about the personality and spontaneity of Elvis Presley, both in his private life, and in his life reflected through the eyes and narratives of others. An example is one of the anecdotes told by Joyce Bova, in which she lets us know a little more about her way of being. On one occasion when he made a visit to Washington at this time, in January 1971, Joyce recounted that they entered the capital through New York Avenue, north of the city and when they reached the intersection of Bladensburg Road, Elvis He saw a place for the first time called "Amy Joy's Donut Shop". It was in a not very nice ghetto area of ​​Whashinton, which they had to go through to get back to the hotel. His stomach turned suddenly and he wanted to stop the limo right now so he could buy some donuts. In the vehicle, apart from the driver Ben Buervitz, with Elvis were Joyce, her sister Janice, Sonny... and Elvis stopped the limousine to enter the premises. This place, at the time, was an all-night drive-in theater that during the day was a gathering place for the youth of the local ghetto. It was one of those cravings that Elvis had and that made him particularly well known... when he wanted something, he wanted it now! not tomorrow... he suggested that they stop so they could shop there. Sonny West began to worry about the neighborhood, because it was an undesirable area. They parked the car at the gate, and as it stopped, about twenty black youths came up to see who was inside. From inside the vehicle, they heard one of them talk to the driver, who he asked if he had a big fish inside...

 Elvis rolled down the window and the boys around them yelled; "'s Elvis!...that's...Hey, it's...look really is...come on, man, is it Elvis...Elvis? Hey, Elvis , Elvis, Elvis!" The people who heard him crowded together, shouting, pushing, laughing... there were also children. Elvis had already stuck his arms out through the window and was shaking hands. Sonny protested against going out through the crowd, but Elvis, who was determined to get the Donuts from him, got out of the car and walked firmly into the venue. Evidently Sonny had no choice but to follow him, making his way through the people until he covered his back. Elvis dressed as he usually did in this era, elegant... striking because of his outfit. In a high-necked, open white shirt he sported a gold chain around his neck. A black jacket with shoulder pads and bell-bottoms. Adorned with rings on the fingers, sunglasses. Curiously, he was surrounded by children, who wanted to see him up close. They all followed him inside and Elvis was apparently at ease, because he was surrounded by fans. One of them asked him in surprise "Elvis, what are you doing here, man?" Elvis said, "I'm just trying to get some donuts." Looking back, he realized the intensity, how people were looking at him and paying attention to his rings, the chains he wore, his outfit... Then in an improvised way, he raised his hands and took two steps towards back to give himself some space, while ordering: "Okay, guys, stay calm ... and pay attention, now" ... They were all amazed to see that Elvis slowly and particularly opened his jacket, almost suggestively He showed them his gold belt, huge... Elvis had been in the habit of wearing it ever since the Hotel International gave it to him as a prize to the audience. Even on stage, the reason was because he was proud of the award from him. Curiously, Lamar Fike said that at first it seemed like an extravagant and excessive belt and he hated it. But over time she wore it everywhere... then there was no one who could take it off, it seemed that she also slept with it... The belt was huge, it was shiny, with diamonds, precious stones... evidently everyone was astonished and then a tremendous and unanimous sound was heard... "OOOOOHHHHH..." everyone was amazed with the vision of such a tremendous ornament. Everyone wanted to see it and this created more movement in the people. One of them got close enough to Elvis to reach out and rub him, muttering something…Sonny who was ready for anything, kept covering his boss's back. Finally, Elvis would take a step back, because it was already too much of a mess for him to get through and his hand  I look straight inside his open jacket. Then she said "This belt says I'm the best...and this", showing an automatic pistol in her hand, "...says I own it". The guys who were obviously used to these things and more (it was a dangerous area) laughed, because they were tough guys from the ghetto. One of them told him "It's yours, Elvis...Sure, man...Okay, take it easy..." And Elvis playing his bad boy role to the end, put the gun away and gave them one of the famous smiles of him. He said "That's it guys." Ben, the driver, who was finally the one who had gotten the Donuts, appeared loaded with them and Elvis would get back into the car, with the same elegance that he got out. Him waving to his fans, while he ate one of his donuts. By the time they got to the hotel, he had already devoured eight donuts, from Amy Joy.That was Elvis... genius and figure! 

"Following the Way of the King..." 


Elvis' personal circle


Elvis Presley had three half-brothers, Billy, Rick and David, sons of Dee Stanley who married Vernon Presley on July 3, 1960. The truth is that not much has been said about them, but it must be borne in mind that the Elvis's influence on them was important due to their age, when they met him they were children and they always saw him as their older brother, with the added bonus of being an artist and famous. Elvis would count on them when they grew up and were responsible for being part of his group. And what we have no doubt about is that they loved him like his real brother. Ricky talked about his experience with Elvis. Obviously, despite being very young, he witnessed important moments in Elvis's artistic life and in his personal life. He knew that Elvis assumed his artistic figure as someone who in many moments made him happy and somehow made him forget his problems. Over time this task would become even more difficult to take on because of the responsibility he took on over time. He tried to live up to these expectations for his fans but over time he would come to the conclusion that this was impossible, because worship He took on a great responsibility. He loved them enough to give them everything he had, even when he was physically unable to do so. Ricky loved Elvis, admired him and wanted to be part of his team, his group, and at 17 in 1971, his dream came true.
Elvis knew he could take responsibility and asked his stepmother to let her work for him. She told him that she was going to be her guardian and asked him for fidelity in exchange for her. Ricky told many anecdotes.
One of them had to do with another member that he had started a few months before to work for Elvis. His name was James Caughey, nicknamed Hamburger. His time in the Memphis Mafia did not last long, because unfortunately, he would not be a reliable person. This is one of the bad examples of people who were part of the mafia, since James robbed him and would run away, although his attitude would not make much sense, since Elvis always treated him well. Both Ricky and Sonny West said that one night in Las Vegas, Elvis noticed that some money was missing and some intimate photos, for which he asked everyone who it was. have done. Hamburger James was singled out for the robbery, Elvis angrily gathered the boys and went to the airport, to catch him before the plane took off. The anecdote of the plane would be a bit funny, since when Elvis was chasing him, with Sonny and Red, They stopped a plane when Elvis stepped forward on the airport tarmac and pulled out his badge.
The astonished commander of the plane stopped the plane first out of curiosity and secondly for safety. When Elvis got on the plane looking for James, he would take out the badge again saying that they were looking for a person for safety and they had to say goodbye running, to the surprise of all the crew and passengers on the plane, because Hamburger was not there, they had made a mistake.
They ran again through the runways of the Airport looking for him and finally found him on another plane that was also about to take off, they finally got James out of a plane that was about to leave for Memphis. Back in his hotel suite, Elvis slapped the culprit, who was sobbing in fear, a couple of times. Instead of turning him in to the police, he asked, and then, Rick said, something amazing happened: James apologized and said he'd pay it all back, Elvis looked at him for a minute and, influenced by his crying, cried too, taking pity on him and telling him. He asked: why didn't you tell me if you needed money?  I would have left it to you, it was not necessary to steal...
He fired him and never admitted him to his group again. Elvis sometimes had situations like this, but fortunately it was not usual in his circle of friends who formed the Mafia.

" Following the Road of the King,,,"

Rick Stanley con Elvis

Rick Stanley escribió dos libros que cuentan sus vivencias en la época que trabajó para Elvis Presley;  "Caught  in a Trap" y   " The touch of two Kings"

Elvis con James Caughey

"Also Sprach Zarathustra"
The myth linked to the legend of the prophet and the Sun.

Sometimes the character is remembered for various reasons, in the case of Elvis Presley he always left an image behind him and his voice would be remembered forever. But there are also other factors that are linked to his myth and his legacy. His clothes, his hairstyle, the music that changed the musical culture of the moment and the tune that would accompany him until the end of his days. Since January 26, 1971, at the International-Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, the image of Elvis will forever be associated with the tremendous overture to the symphonic poem, composed by Richard Strauss entitled "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) Op.30. Strauss was a great admirer of the work of the German philosopher Nietzsche, who wrote a book with the same title around the character, the supreme prophet Zarathustra, who symbolized the ideal philosopher, an example between good and evil. Strauss builds his prologue with three notes: do, sol, do. The prologue called "Sunrise" in its composer's notes, represents the sunrise, playing in major and minor mode. This would make for a powerful overture...with huge orchestral effects. The result leaves great emotion and expectation in the public, together with the effects of a stage, the spotlights, the orchestra... and finally the appearance of Elvis Presley on stage, would add even more to the mood of the room. lighting is thrown on stage, it is already known that everything is going to start. The crowd knows that Elvis is backstage, and waiting for the signal to go on stage. And the music begins in a crescendo through the speakers, the initial notes of the orchestra, the answering timpani, the orchestral ensemble and finally the drums and drums, which break the initial theme to merge with the initial score that is going to sing. Elvis. The atmosphere charged with applause and shouts, all this makes this outing to the public that screams incessantly even more impressive. If we were to give an interpretation to all this, the symbology of the prophet and sun character could be perfectly associated with the figure of Elvis, his spirituality and its grandeur that with time will become mythical. The choice of this score was an occurrence of Elvis himself, possibly because of the 1968 film "2001, a space odyssey" which also used this overture. What was added to his show almost experimentally would become a symbol that will forever be linked at Elvis Presley concerts. 

Elvis, the man... the myth, the King...

"Following the Path of the King ..."

Memphis, the home of the King.

Elvis Presley Boulevard. On June 29, 1971, the Memphis City Council would vote to rename Highway 51 South, from South Parkway to the Mississippi state line, to "Elvis Presley Boulevard." Elvis' house "Graceland" would officially be numbered 3764 Highway Southa and from this point on it would be 3764 Elvis Boulevard. Although this day was decided, the official inauguration would take place on January 19, 1972. Marty Lacker tried for a long time, that his friend Elvis Presley, receive some type of recognition, he had thought that the city could name something in honor of Elvis , since for years nothing had been done and he was the most recognized and greatest artist they had in Memphis. There was a bit of controversy about this, but Elvis didn't want any kind of recognition if it wasn't something normal or natural, he never asked for anything for himself. But Marty did make some proposals from behind to see if something like that was possible, without saying anything to Elvis. He finally managed to get his attention and this proposal was made with the highway. Everyone really knew that this great avenue was where Elvis Presley lived and if it weren't for him, no one would go there. The area they renamed is a twelve-mile stretch, and it took him a while to get all the registrations. The anecdote is that every time they put up a plaque with the name of the avenue, there was always a robbery and it disappeared the same day. They had to keep replacing them, eventually putting them up over intersections with cables instead of poles. That was the only way to prevent people from taking them as souvenirs. Elvis was always an artist grateful to all his fans and often went down to the door of his house in Graceland to say hello and sign autographs for fans of his. the. He would even go as far as to let them in on some occasions. Harold Loyd, who was one of the guards who guarded the gates of Graceland, would tell it on countless occasions, he was with them for a long time and then he went back home. He had a great time with his fans and they thanked him of course. The only thing that could disturb the environment is that when Elvis was at the gates if he arrived by car, and he was there for a long time, this would clog the traffic to the point that finally the traffic police had to be called to clear the area. It is true that there would even be an accident when Elvis was at the door, over time he had to moderate this situation, so that this did not happen. Memphis also has the "Elvis Presley Plaza", just south of the city center. Also with the "Elvis Aron Presley Memorial", as well as "Elvis Presley Drive" and the entire area of the city that was renamed "Elvis Presley Heights"... Elvis Presley, the man, the myth... The King! "Following the King's Path..."

The humility of the Artist

On September 6, 1971, it would be the last day that Los Imperials sang at the Elvis Presley show. This day would be the closing performance of the Summer Festival, in which Elvis appeared for the first time in a cape, completing another record in his Las Vegas engagement. The performance was witnessed by 4428 people on this night. They say his reputation would never be surpassed, since the Las Vegas fire department had set a limit of 2,000 people per show, but Elvis really exceeded it every night. It is clear that the risk and the security of the room could accommodate more people, but any risk had to be anticipated. Many events occurred this season that were going to change the course of the performances, that of Elvis... and tonight his vocal accompaniment group, The Imperials, would also undergo that change. At the end of the performances they went to see Colonel Tom Parker, the intention was to ask for a salary increase, because they were not happy with his pay.
Tom Diskin, his assistant, didn't let them come into the office trying to mediate. He went to ask the Colonel, they didn't get in there, Parker's answer was clear. It would not change anything, their salary was what they had received and there was nothing to do. Los Imperials argued with Diskin for a few minutes, but nothing changed their decision, so Los Imperials decided to stop performing with Elvis Presley. Once again, economic issues made Colonel Parker lose Elvis' accompanying group along the Camino, just as he did with Scotty, Billy, Dj, etc. Again, Elvis did not take part in this, because he did not know anything since The Imperials also alternated performances with Jimmy Dean and this would be the excuse that would be given to not dislike him. After being his support group, they would turn their course and also that of Elvis. The Imperials were born in 1963 and are currently continuing their artistic path. Elvis recorded with them for the first time in May 1966 for the album: "How Great Thou Art", until June 1971. With them he would resume the stages in Las Vegas, Hotel International in 1969, until the last performance on September 6, 1971. During this time there would be several members who changed over time, Jake Hess, Terry Blackwood, Roger Wiles, Larry Gatlin, Jim Murray, Armond Morales, Gary McSpadden... Although in the artistic world it is very easy to do and undo, doing without people without taking into account their value as artists, nor their fidelity... it is sad to think that once again they would look the other way and move on. A change that could also logically affect the show, because there were two months to look for a new group and prepare the new tour that would take place in November 1971.

"Following the King's Path..."

Music and Life.

November 1971. 

The traces of time, of the Camino, sometimes leave behind people, places, feelings... despite our efforts to want to maintain the course of our lives and continue with our desires, there are times when we cannot control the events that may occur on our path. The future brings with it our circumstances and we have to live with them. And the past takes away many good moments, youth, unconditional love, freshness, innocence, the years bring maturation, change and sometimes liberation through self-confirmation. Elvis Presley's life had undergone great changes, but for him, everything was relegated to one side, in the depths of his heart, of his mind... because the most important thing was his artistic life. The rest was there as an addition to his way and as a consequence his insecurity, his grief and his fear of loss would increase his dependence on his ways. In November 1971, his wife, Priscilla, had told him that she was finally leaving him and that at Christmas he would return to Lisa Marie, his daughter, to celebrate the holidays. Their relationship was already broken, but Elvis still wasn't fully aware of the reality because deep down he thought she would return home. Elvis confessed to Marty Lacker that Priscilla had left him and he asked him what he was going to do... but Elvis told him, that his concerts came first, his music and that he was not going to be sidetracked because of this. He would do so during his concerts in November on tour, although he would be quieter and not as talkative as usual. Again the music that he boiled in his blood like an obsession that does not stop, was the mistress of his destiny. The rest, even though he was there with Elvis, would stop being important. His music came first and he always would be despite all things. Jerry Schillin's friend said of Elvis that he had a real romantic streak and wanted company, someone to talk to, read and relax with. When he was with Priscilla, he had all of that. But Priscilla, now the devoted mother of a little girl so she wasn't available to him and she already felt a bit cut off from him...everything had changed. The lives of all the Mafia boys too, most of them with families had obligations and the environment was already different from long ago. Since Elvis couldn't always be with Priscilla, he developed friendships and relationships with women who would be a part of his life for weeks, months, or sometimes even years. Being married, he led a unique life, his life as an artist took him on another path chosen by him, with his rules and his standards. 
Evidently the one who was not willing to follow them would get out of it. All of this would not be fair to her woman, for which she felt neglected and it was clear that sooner or later a woman like her would meet another man who would give her all the attention she needed. Priscilla had matured next to Elvis, but she was no longer the same doll she had molded, she would become stronger and more independent... Priscilla had started a relationship with her monitor Mike Stone and many of the Mafia boys already knew it, like Red or Sonny, but they did not dare to tell Elvis the reason for this separation. She no longer wanted to continue like this and everyone noticed at Christmas the coldness and distant attitude, so it was evident that she was just maintaining the image. Elvis replaced Priscilla on many occasions with other women and particularly in these times he had with Joyce Bova a relationship that had been going on for over a year and was about to get serious. But he was also failing with her attitude and her mania, increasingly disturbing. Joyce didn't want to share her additions and because of this she was sometimes angry with him. She was an intelligent woman and she really loved him, but she would see him changed because of the pills, she felt like she was changing because of that dependency and this would also be taking its toll on a relationship that could have been stable. He might even have had a child with her, but again her attitude would change the course of his life, for Joyce would decide not to have the child they had conceived. She was afraid because Elvis would stop looking at her as a woman and would only treat her as a mother. She was not willing to become a second Priscilla... all this was already very complicated, so Elvis was losing many opportunities to be happy without knowing in his life. Each one marks his own path and destiny but sometimes with our own action changes are generated that we do not have planned. But no one should be judged for this, because each one chooses the path they want to take and can open a different door... 
The year 1971 would end by changing their destiny. His woman had grown and matured with him, she had found herself and wanted to fly and seek her own destiny, nothing would be the same between them anymore, but the love of the past would become the friendship of the future that will continue. He would have a good relationship so that Elvis could continue to see his daughter without any problems. Music, his true love, was always the most important thing, the rest would be small factors in his life that brought fun and happiness to the moments when he was not singing in front of his audience.

 "Following the Path of the King..."

The designs of Fate
Life and death

When we do things, when we decide to start something new, when day by day we live the circumstances of the moment, we really don't know what will happen tomorrow. Fear, caution, doubt are of no use, although it is true that we can avoid many evils with this, we know nothing of what could happen, it could simply be luck or the writing in the history of our destiny. Sometimes death catches us when we least expect it. For a long time this photo was unknown to many, we knew that it was Elvis who was driving the motorcycle with a girl who was dating him. It was taken on June 30, 1972 in Memphis. Elvis had a few days off after the tour in June. Elvis went out from time to time with his motorcycle, because it was a way of having freedom and going unnoticed, but in this case it was not like that. Elvis Presley and Mary Kathleen Selph were photographed at the corner of South Parkway and Elvis Presley Blvd. in Memphis, Tennessee. The photo was taken by a photographer for "The Commercial Appeal" in June 1972. All his friends, his family, knew that Elvis was having a hard time and needed a distraction. A friend of Elvis's group introduced him to Kathy, for the great resemblance she had to Priscilla. Elvis needed company and she would go out with him for a few days. A month later Kathy died in a car accident on July 18, 1972 at the age of 20. Katherine was a dancer and singer at the old Whirlaway Club. Years later her family was the one who notified the press of the girl's name Her brother explained that Elvis and Kathy were introduced and dated for less than a month. When she died, a large bouquet of flowers was received at her funeral by the Presley family, with a huge orchid. Elvis began dating Linda Thompson for a few days Later in July, he had a relationship with her. Elvis lived from day to day, he was not a person with a foresighted future. Although he was always prudent, careful with many things, in others he let himself go and lived... Life is sometimes a continuous surprise, too short, unpredictable and unpredictable! We are living History...

"Following the King's Path ..."

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