She had flown from Washington to attend one of her boyfriend's concerts in Philadelphia. She needed to be back home for work next morning and, since I was one of Elvis's most trusted aides, he asked me to fly with her and make sure she arrived safely. During the flight, Joyce fell asleep and snuggled up against me. I knew she wasn't flirting, but I wasn't taking any risks.
I'd seen how jealous Elvis could be from a terrifying incident I'd witnessed at a party in his hotel suite in Las Vegas when a country singer named Jimmy Dean began flirting with another of his flames. Although at the time, Elvis was supposed to be happily married to Priscilla, he moved angrily to Jimmy's side and put a handgun to his head.
Everyone tried to laugh it off but the message was clear. You didn't mess with Elvis's woman. This incident was flashing through my mind as Joyce continued to lean against me. I twisted my head as far away from her as possible and kept my hands frozen on my knees. It was the most uncomfortable plane ride of my life, but I figured it was safer to suffer from cramp than have a bullet through my brain.
It will strike many of his fans as bizarre that a superstar like Elvis ever had to feel jealous or threatened. This was, after all, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, one of the most important figures in 20th-century culture, who had sold millions of albums and who could make women faint with one thrust of his famous pelvis. Yet somewhere deep inside this supremely confident performer was the boy who was bullied by the popular kids when we were both pupils at Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
Elvis joined the school when he was 13, after his parents moved to the city from Tupelo, just across the state line in Mississippi. I didn't take much notice of this shy newcomer, until the day he brought in his guitar and sang for our music class. Sleeping alongside Elvis was not a particularly restful experience.
Almost as soon as we settled down I heard whispers of 'Elvis, we love you, can we come in? Naturally, the other children sniggered at first. But when he finished singing Old Shep, which was later one of his best-loved hits, there was an astonished silence. For the first time in my life - although there would be many more to follow - I thought 'Damn, that guy's cool.
Not everyone agreed. As we moved up through school, Elvis was ridiculed. He stuck out like a sore thumb because, unlike the rest of us, he never wore jeans. He said they reminded him of the shabby work clothes his poor family had to wear back in Tupelo. Instead, he sported black trousers with a pink stripe down the side and had his hair combed back high with amazing sideburns.
He hadn't grown into his good looks yet so most Humes girls weren't sure what to make of him. As for the boys, they felt someone so different deserved to be punished. One day, Elvis was cornered in the toilets by a group of boys who threatened to cut off his hair. His pompadour was only saved when Red West, one of the most fearless guys at school, came in and announced that, if they wanted to cut Elvis's hair, they'd have to cut his first.
Elvis remembered and rewarded such kindness and Red West later became a member of his tight inner circle, known as the 'Memphis Mafia'. My friendship with Elvis at school also earned me a place in that elite team. He was always kind to me and I never forgot it,' he once said. I began working with Elvis in , four years after we'd left school. He was then only 22 but already had ten number one singles and two Hollywood films to his credit. Unpredictable: Elvis presented George and his wife with a pair of gold-plated handguns as a present when he was best man at their wedding.
When he heard I'd been fired from my job as a local radio DJ, he immediately invited me to join him on tour as his travelling companion. I didn't say I was hoping he would be there or ask whether he had heard us talking about going skating, because I knew that's why he came.
We sat and talked a lot, not the whole time because I would get out and skate and do things with my girlfriends. Every time I had a break or after a song, I'd go over and sit with him and we talked.
It wasn't that we didn't exactly know each other. I said I'd seen him at church. I felt like we had a great deal in common even then because of our church connection.
The Blackwood Brothers had moved to Memphis from Iowa and started coming to our church. We both loved gospel music. We had a lot to talk about on that subject. He had just graduated from high school, and I was still in school. It was a teenage conversation. We enjoyed each other's company so much that when it was time to go home after the first session, I think it was over at , we decided to stay for the night session for the next couple of hours.
I did not have permission from my parents to stay for the night session. I told my girlfriends that I was going to stay because Elvis asked if he could take me home.
I didn't want to go home right then because we were enjoying talking with each other and getting to know each other. There was a little concession stand at the skating rink. I told Elvis that I had to go in and call my parents to see if I could stay for the night session. I went over to the phone and acted like I was calling my parents. We didn't even have a telephone, which was so strange back then. My aunt and uncle lived next door to us, and when we wanted to use the phone, we went to their house.
I acted like I was calling my parents and said I was staying for the night session if that was ok and a friend from the church was going to bring us home. If you can never get enough true crime View All Popular Podcasts. True Crime Podcast Trailers. Pick your poison of these crime podcasts! They're dripping with the details of the most thrilling crimes in history. This is Paris. Join Paris Hilton each week as she speaks candidly with her friends and family, the hottest in movies, music, and television, innovators, creators, newsmakers, and icons.
Squeezed into hip-hugging denim hot pants and a tight tank top accentuating every curve, she was a girl Elvis could not resist. He bought her fancy clothes and vowed to. She was the last in a long line of under-age girls that the rock legend pursued while indulging a voracious. Adult women scared him. He wanted to. I was 14 and he was turning He wanted to take me to Las Vegas and Nashville but my parents refused to let me go.
His insecurities stemmed from the smothering affection of his mother, Gladys, who clung to Elvis after his twin brother was stillborn beside him, the book claims.
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